The STEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) Teacher instructs, nurtures and encourages preschool children to increase their social competency, literacy and language skills. The STEP Teacher guides students toward the fulfillment of their potential for social, emotional, intellectual growth and maturation in preparation for kindergarten.<br /><br />* Implements by instruction and action the district's and program's philosophy of education, instructional goals and the objectives of the STEP adopted curriculum.<br />* Plans and implements appropriate instructional and/or learning strategies and activities in collaboration with the assistant teacher, including determination of appropriate kind and level of materials, provide appropriate learning experiences, manage allotted learning time to maximize student achievement, and utilize a variety of instructional materials and available multi-media and computer technology to enhance learning.<br />* Manages the behavior of learners in an instructional setting to ensure that the environment is conducive to the learning process, and assist and participate in the management of student behavior in other parts of the school, center, school grounds, or work site.<br />* Continually assesses student achievement using anecdotal records, DECA, and PALS Pre-K© and maintain appropriate assessment and evaluation documentation for institutional and individual reporting purposes.<br />* Communicates with parents through conferences and other means.<br />* Attends and participates in STEP staff meetings and professional development.<br />* Collaborates with other professionals (guidance counselors, librarians, etc.) to carry out schoolwide instructional or related activities as needed.<br />* Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.<br /><br />* Must have or be eligible for a Collegiate Commonwealth of Virginia Professional License with an endorsement in Early/Primary Education Pre-K-3; Postgraduate Professional License preferred<br />* Experience working with preschool age children<br />* Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills <br />* Demonstrates strong organizational skills <br />* Bilingual skills preferred<br /><br />ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP:<br />The STEP Teacher reports to the School Principal and/or the STEP Program Supervisor.<br /><br />PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:<br />The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.<br /><br />While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to touch and hold objects or instruments and to type; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or bend, and may be required to lift up to approximately 15 pounds.