Assistant Teacher - Wrap-Around Care Classroom
Pumpkin Patch Preschool - Stoughton, WI
$10-13 an hour - Part-time
Pumpkin Patch Preschool is a non-profit parent cooperative that has been in operation for 43 years, serving the Stoughton community. We are seeking an assistant wrap teacher dedicated, energetic, and compassionate; loves kids, and wants to make a difference in the early childhood education of our students. Our instructors foster emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth in a manner that respects and honors the individual needs of each child.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the lead teacher in delivering a developmentally-appropriate curriculum to children ages 3-6.
- Utilize positive reinforcement, redirection, prevention and development of self-discipline as student behavior management techniques.
- Assist with the rotation of classroom supplies, books, decor, etc.
- Clean and organize the classroom according to the lead teacher’s direction.
- Respond to parent questions and concerns in a respectful, compassionate manner.
- Develop and maintain open lines of communication with PPP staff and families.
- Participate in monthly staff meetings and other school-wide events, such as parent orientation night.
- Support school-wide requirements such as: maintenance of accurate accident logs, documentation of student attendance, classroom sanitation and ratio standards, and participation in emergency fire evacuation, tornado, and lock-down drills.
- Work collaboratively with all staff at PPP, ensuring that shared space and resources are utilized effectively.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Each Pumpkin Patch staff member is a childcare professional and is expected to act as such. The following general guidelines for professionalism should be maintained at all times:
- Adhere to the policies and guidelines set forth in the Pumpkin Patch Preschool policy handbook.
- Work with the staff, Pumpkin Patch Preschool Board of Directors and parents in a cooperative manner.
- Accept directions, suggestions and criticisms, and follow through in a constructive manner to improve performance.
- Notify the School Director of any absences or delays in arrival with as much advance notice as is reasonably possible, given the circumstances.
- Display a positive attitude, supporting the programs of PPP, its children, families, and co-workers.
- Respect confidential information regarding children, families, and co-workers.
- Dress appropriately for interaction with children.
Goals & Development
Our staff continually strive to be the best they can be, and as such, set annual goals and work towards them throughout the year. We expect our staff to:
- Work with the School Director each fall to set a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, Time-based) goal for the coming school year.
- Meet regularly with the School Director to discuss progress made towards reaching goal and application of skills learned.
To comply with State of Wisconsin licensing requirements, applicants must:
- Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
- Meet the licensing requirements set forth by with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families for early childhood professionals.
- Submit to and pass a complete background check.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
Ideal applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education or a related field OR an Associate’s degree in early childhood education from an accredited education institution, plus a minimum of two (2) years teaching experience.
The ideal applicant will have:
- Strong communication skills.
- The ability to build positive relationships with children, their families, and colleagues.
- A passion for educating young learners and the motivation to create a unique classroom experience children ages 3-6 years.
- The knowledge to prepare and maintain a developmentally-appropriate and enriching environment that encourages positive social and emotional growth for all preschool-aged children.
- The flexibility to adapt activities to a variety of learning styles.
- Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- A collaborative and proactive attitude.
- Creative problem-solving experience.
Schedule must be able to accommodate a shift from 1 - 6 pm Monday through Friday, and work in both an indoor and outdoor environment. Additional hours are required for monthly staff meetings, school events throughout the year, and school-year setup and teardown.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to stand, crouch, kneel, and sit on the floor.
Pay commensurate with education and experience. Range of $10-$13/hour.
Interested parties should submit a resume, cover letter, and Employment Application to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the same to the address listed below.