St. Johns Lutheran School is looking for a Preschool Teacher who can help to create a fun environment and incorporate faith and educational programs that assist in our children’s development. The Preschool Teacher will be responsible for monitoring and teaching the 3, 4, and 5 year-old children in our program, developing a curriculum that the children will respond to positively and partnering with our team to enhance the learning environment at our school. If you love working with kids and have previous experience in an early learning environment, please apply today. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of license, and three letters of recommendation to St. Johns Lutheran School Board of Education, PO Box 189, Wykoff, MN 55990. For more information, call 507-352-4671.
Basic Job Description: Preschool Teacher
Instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State degree or certification.
Preschool Teacher Responsibilities:
Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.
Young children learn from playing, problem solving, questioning, and experimenting. Preschool teachers use play and other instructional techniques to teach children about the world. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox or teach math by having children count when building with blocks.
Preschool teachers work with children from different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Teachers include topics in their lessons to teach children to respect people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Developing a careful and creative program suitable for preschool children
- Employing a variety of educational techniques (storytelling, educational play, media etc.) to teach children
- Observing each child to help them improve their social competencies and build self-esteem
- Develop and maintain a constructive and ongoing rapport with children and parents
- Create activities that are fun and educational for the children
- Collaborate with other teachers to ensure that the school fosters an environment that is inviting and nurturing for every child
- Deliver reports on potential concerns about students as to management as needed
- Manage day-to-day classroom activities, including structured lessons, free play, bathroom breaks, lunch time and rest time for students
Preschool Teacher Duties:
- Prepare children for kindergarten by introducing concepts they will explore further in kindergarten and elementary school
- Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
- Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
- Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
- Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
- Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring problems to the attention of parents
- Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and keep parents informed about their child’s development
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Certification, or related field preferred
- 2+ years’ experience working with children in a classroom setting
- Caring and nurturing attitude towards children
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Other Important Qualities:
- Communication skills.Preschool teachers need good communication skills to tell parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.
- Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.
- Interpersonal skills.Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.
- Organizational skills.Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students. We also have a shared learning environment and space. Keeping materials organized, replacing tools and implements after using and cleaning up after activities is essential.
- Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.
- Physical stamina.Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.