Teacher II (3401 & 3819)
Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Posted on: September 12, 2021
Teacher for Pinellas Head Start / Early Head
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where
children are safe, families are strong and communities are
Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and
sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we
are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50
Floridians with a wide range of services, including:
- early childhood education
- refugee and immigration
- mental health and substance abuse
- juvenile justice
- child welfare
LSF is looking for a talented Teacher
II who wants to make an impact in the lives of
Purpose & Impact
The purpose of Teacher II serves as the lead
worker in the classroom. Performs duties
planning and implementing educational activities for
pre-school-aged children or infants/toddlers in the Head
Start/Early Heart Start Program that complies with federal
performance standards. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality
A Day in the Life of a Teacher
- Plans develop and implement daily lesson plans that provide for
educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children
or infants and toddlers that meet federal performance
- Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas
that promote an effective learning environment.
- Screens and assesses children to determine
developmental/educational needs and develops and implements
individual education plans that comply with federal performance
- Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom
activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment
for young children.
- Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.
- Documents children's progress or lack of and completes all
required manual and computerized forms and reports by federal
- Initiates referrals on children to the Center Director by
submission of a variety of formal documents.
- Plans classroom activities for parent and community
- Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to
acquire and disseminate information.
- Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written
correspondence, and telephone to apprise them of the child's
progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual
education plan changes, and other relevant information.
- Conducts health checks on children for health concerns,
including ringworm, head lice, and other health conditions, and
reports to the appropriate Health Coordinator.
- Ensures lessons and classroom activities align with the Florida
- Conducts Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten assessments as
- Ensures that at least 80% of the children are
- Performs quality staff-child interactions resulting in CLASS
scores greater than the lowest 10% of the threshold in each
- Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive
- Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Teacher Success
- Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for
each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of
the child's work, and a developmental assessment.
- Uses home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child's
individual development and progress, assist the parents in
developing observational skills and solicit parent
- Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to the designated
- Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned
- Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs
children in the classroom.
- Assists in the transportation of special needs children by
lifting children into seats and fastening safety belts.
- Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety,
orderliness, sanitation, and cleanliness of facilities.
- Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.
- Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child
and family with other Head Start/Early Head Start staff.
- Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Bachelor or advanced degree in Early Childhood
Education; or a bachelor or advanced degree in any
subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early
Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged
children. Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early
Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the
- Teaching credentials: licensure or
certification by the state for Pre-K teachers recognized by the
local school district or state education agency as qualifying
teachers to teach pre-school children in that school district or
state if the individual has at least 500 clock hours of experience
in an early childhood setting teaching pre-school aged children.
- Coursework: No less than 18-semester credits
in courses that focus specifically on child development, early
childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and
assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical
development, mathematics, science, and children’s literature.
These courses may have been taken in various departments such as
Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical
Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others,
and must specifically address young children.
- A bachelor degree in any field and has been
admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a
rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II,
participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that
includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing
professional development and support from Teach For America’s
- Completion of State Childcare Training required
including Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour
Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers or
Infant/Toddlers Course; and proof of successful completion of the
following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours
Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety &
Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and
Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or
a 30-hour Introductory Child Care Training Course. In
addition, all state-mandated courses for Voluntary prekindergarten
Experience: Two years of experience
teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school, or kindergarten
age children. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and
other languages present in the local area. Also required:
Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days from the
date of hire; and successful completion of a Level II
background screening, local criminal record check, and drug
screening before hiring
- Working knowledge of brain development and its impact on early
- Working knowledge of child development from birth to age five
for typical and atypical children.
- Working knowledge of culture and practices for early
- Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for
- Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and
practices relating to early childhood development.
- Working knowledge of current educational techniques and
practices relating to early childhood development.
- Skill in the application of supervisory techniques.
- Skill in making presentations to groups.
- Skill in verbal communication with infants, toddlers, and
- Skill in resolving conflicts between pre-school age
- Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of
- Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education
- Ability to implement routine care for infants and toddlers in a
- Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or
kneeled position for extended periods.
- Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in
- Ability to prepare and maintain work-related reports and
- Ability to handle confidential information.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
- Ability to follow established procedures.
- Ability to administer CPR and First-Aid.
- Ability to implement safety procedures.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of
special needs children.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Why work for LSF?
Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas
LSF offers several programs, spanning a wide range of
populations in need. This allows our team members to learn and
potentially work in programs outside of their direct area.
Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part
in transforming the lives of those in need.
A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented
professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of
our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY,
and HONESTY – drives each one of us.
People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other
like family. Whether you work on the front lines of work in an
office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the
Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida,
team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other
programs or grow within their existing program/department.
Amazing benefits package
- Medical, dental, and vision
- Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Long-term disability
- Employer-paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
- Health and dependent care FSA
- Paid holidays
- Generous PTO policy
- 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer
- Tuition reimbursement
- LifeMart Employee Discount Program
Additional Voluntary Benefits
- Short-term disability
- Group life insurance
- accident, critical illness/Cancer, and hospital policy
- Legal Shield coverage
Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity
employer and a drug-free workplace.
Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start
2210 Tall Pines Drive Suite 220 Largo, FL
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