Assistant Teacher (Susan Gray School)

Vanderbilt University Tennessee , IL 62374

Posted 3 months ago

The Assistant Teacher will independently lead the teaching team to plan, develop, and implement classroom instructional programs and activities, as well as, help in the development of individual educational program (IEP) for an inclusive classroom including typical and a typical developing children. Additionally, you will provide counseling, leadership, and oversight to junior teachers and assistants and also counseling and other assistance to students and families to promote the development of each child.

For five decades, the Susan Gray School has served young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting. More information about Susan Gray School can be found here: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/admin-offices/sgs/index.php.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains a clean, safe, orderly learning environment which contributes to children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.

  • Follows policies and procedures established by TN DOE and the health department.

  • Conscientiously supervises children.

  • Supports the implementation of behavior management in accordance with a Positive Behavior Support approach.

  • Supports the growing independence of each child by creating opportunities to participate in their classroom community.

  • Provides educational services in a manner consistent with compliance requirements.

  • Assists the lead teacher with the planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum following NAEYC criteria, DEC recommended practices, TN DOE standards, and SGS policies.

  • Under the guidance of the lead teacher, embeds early learning standards, IEP/IFSP goals, and NAEYC guidelines into daily activities and routines.

  • Consistently meets requirements for timely filling of documentation as required.

  • Implements after care program curriculum under guidance of after care coordinator.

  • Collaborates with classroom team members to plan and implement daily curriculum and individual education plans.

  • Participates in classroom team meetings by providing input regarding the progress of all aspects of classroom (curriculum, teaming, and children) at team meetings.

  • Participates in classroom planning meetings.

  • Helps create and follows a Classroom Roles and Responsibilities matrix to share responsibility of daily tasks and activities.

  • Contributes to educational assessments using measures appropriate for the child.

  • Uses classroom data collection system to collect data on progress towards individual goals developed by educational team.

  • Provides input on progress for lead teacher to report to parents.

  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents.

  • Interacts with parents in a friendly, professional manner.

  • Participates in parent-teacher conferences as appropriate.

  • Share parent communication with lead teacher, provide responses as appropriate.

  • Mentors and supports students working within the classroom environment.

  • Supports positive experiences for student workers, student volunteers, and practicum students.

  • Models desired practices for interactions with children (group or individual), preparation of the environment, and interactions with families.

  • Provides lead teacher, after care coordinator, or SGS administration feedback regarding student use of desired practices.

  • Provides students with information needed to complete assignments.

  • Assigns student worker or volunteer tasks or duties as necessary.

  • Displays a commitment to the early childhood field.

  • Meets all mandated continuing education requirements

  • Participates in professional development opportunities provided by SGS (staff meetings, in-services).

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum Education High School Diploma or GED.

  • Work experience in Early Childhood and Special Education is preferred.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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