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Lead Teacher

Children's Aid
Date Posted: 05/23/2024
Location: New York, New York
Salary/Wage: $41,350 - $74,550 a year
Job Type: Full-time
Work Arrangement: Onsite


Essential Duties: Under the direct supervision of the site’s Education Director, the Lead Teacher’s duties include the following:

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Develop and implement age-appropriate lesson plans and activities aligned with educational standards
  • Integrate various teaching methods and materials to meet the diverse needs of young learners
  • Adapt curriculum to accommodate individual learning styles and abilities

Classroom Preparation

  • Set up and maintain an organized and inviting classroom environment conducive to learning
  • Prepare materials and resources necessary for daily activities and lessons
  • Ensure the cleanliness and safety of the classroom and materials

Small Group Instruction

  • Facilitate small group activities to provide personalized instruction and support to children
  • Differentiate instruction based on individual needs and abilities within small group settings

Individualized Instruction

  • Provide one-on-one support and instruction to children as needed
  • Develop individualized learning plans for students requiring additional support or enrichment


  • Use a variety of assessment tools and strategies to monitor student progress and growth
  • Conduct formal and informal assessments to inform instructional planning and decision-making
  • Collaborate with colleagues, families, coaches, education director and specialists to analyze assessment data and develop interventions as needed

Behavior Support

  • Implement positive behavior management strategies to promote a safe and respectful classroom environment
  • Provide guidance and support to the team and to children in developing social-emotional skills and self-regulation

Technology Integration

  • Integrate technology tools and resources into classroom instruction to enhance learning experiences
  • Select and utilize developmentally appropriate educational software and digital resources

Record Maintenance

  • Responsible for maintaining accurate attendance, educational records, and portfolios of each child. Family Engagement
  • Establish and maintain open and ongoing communication with families regarding children's progress, development, and achievements
  • Encourage family involvement in classroom activities, events, and decision-making processes
  • Encourage family communication through a variety of methods (e.g., newsletters, bulletin boards, classroom events, center-wide activities, class dojo and “open-door” policy)
  • Facilitate meetings with families to discuss the curriculum and home-to-school connection learning opportunities
  • Participate in home visits, Open Houses, and/or Family Days
  • Share highlights of families and children to educate and engage our online social media community with the EC Instagram committee    
  • Educate families on the curriculum and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities they can provide at home by sharing resources and newsletters during parent-teacher conferences and throughout the year through our digital platforms

Professional Development

  • Complete and participate in required trainings and workshops specified for Early Childhood and the agency
  • Engage in ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills related to early childhood education and instructional support
  • Collaborate with the teaching team and education director to discuss curriculum updates and effective instructional strategies
  • Engage in self-assessment and reflection coaching experiences
  • Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment. 
  • Maintain Active Membership with Aspire AND “Registered” status with TEACH Account.

Health and Safety

  • Follow City and Federal guidelines pertaining to health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of children
  • Be aware of and adhere to emergency procedures, including evacuation plans and first aid protocols
  • Adhere to all state and city licensing requirements e.g. teacher child/ratios, and constant and competent line of sight supervision of children
  • Must abide by privacy laws, including HIPAA, etc.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


Lead Teacher: 

DOH approved Study Plan:

•At least 90 credits towards a BA in ECE, Childhood Education or Students with Disabilities (B-2nd Grade/Grades 1-6)

•At least 90 credits towards a BA Degree in ECE/**Related **Field

•An Associate Degree in ECE or Childhood Education w/practicum on the transcript

BA ** Unrelated EC Field**

 Lead Teacher I

BA, in a **Related Field**

•Child Psychology and 12 ECE Credits

•Child Development ad 12 ECE Credits

•Elementary Education

•N-6 Elementary Education

•Special Education-B-2nd Grade/Grades 1-6

•General Education and 12 ECE credits

Lead Teacher II

BA in Early Childhood Education with the following DOHMH Approved/NYSED Certification:           

•Nursery – 6th Grade

•Birth – 2nd Grade

•Grades 1-6

•Special Education-N-12th Grade

•Students with Disabilities Birth – 2nd Grade

•Pre-K – 2nd Grade

•Transitional B (TFA Only)


Lead Teacher III

MS, in a **Related Field**

•Child Psychology and 12 ECE Credits

•Child Development ad 12 ECE Credits

•Elementary Education

•N-6 Elementary Education

•Special Education-B-2nd Grade/Grades 1-6

•General Education and 12 ECE credits

Lead Teacher IV

MS in Early Childhood Education with the following DOHMH Approved/NYSED Certification: 

•Nursery – 6 th Grade; Birth – 2 nd Grade; Grades 1-6; Special Education-N-12th Grade; Students with Disabilities Birth – 2nd Grade; Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Education Level: NYS Teacher Certification

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