Job Title  Lead Teacher

Responsible to   Early Education Director

Purpose of Position the Lead Teacher is responsible for the curriculum, classroom management, environment, and all other aspects of the implementation of a high-quality early education program.


  • Creating and implementing a program which meets the emotional, physical, intellectual, artistic, and social needs of both individual children and the group.
  • Implementing approved curriculum, in coordination with the Program Director.
  • Keeping staff and parents informed of program goals and development.
  • Preparing a warm and safe environment that is orderly, clean and appealing, and permits the child to grow and explore.
  • Interacting with the children and encouraging their involvement in activities; providing materials appropriate to the development level.
  • Understanding each child’s developmental stage so the expectations are reasonable.
  • Remaining current with IEP goals and designing plans accordingly.
  • Observing, recording and reporting significant individual and group behavior.
  • Preparing and organizing material needed in the program
  • Updating children’s daily attendance sheets and staff schedules.
  • Displaying a positive attitude toward children and adults.
  • Establishing and maintaining good communications with parents through conferences – formally twice a year or as requested by parents and informally on a regular basis.
  • Administering first aid and handling emergency situations quickly and calmly.
  • Participating in 48 hours per year of training (in addition to CPR/First Aid) or more, at the Director’s discretion and keeping documentation current on the Bright Futures Information System.
  • Communicating with families regularly via newsletters or classroom blog.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of all information.
  • Compliance with state licensing requirements.


  1. License – Must have reliable transportation, current driver’s license, and Certificate of Auto Insurance.
  2. Education – Lead teachers in Preschool – EC Teaching Licensure; Infant and Toddler Teachers, EC Licensure preferred or bachelor’s degree in EC or a related field
  3. Experience – Minimum of two years successful experience working with the ages of children specified.  Experience working with complex ‘families in need’ preferred.
  4. Skills/Abilities –
    • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
    • Ability to make sound, independent judgments.
    • Ability to accurately document work done and results achieved as needed.
    • Ability to set limits with clients and families.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team.