Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

(Four Year Old Program)

In addition to the qualifications and roles and responsibilities outlined below, the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for maintaining compliance with the licensing laws and Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers set forth by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The Pre-Kindergarten Teacher must satisfy the minimum qualifications for caregivers outlined in the TDFPS Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers sections 746.1105 and 746.1107 and additionally have the following qualifications:

  • Core knowledge of early childhood development and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
  • A commitment to collaboration and high ethical professional standards
  • A demonstrated eagerness for professional development
  • A collegial, energetic, and engaging demeanor
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Lauded experience working with young children, parents, and colleagues
  • An interest in and commitment to being an active participant in the WonderWell school community

Essential Job Functions:

  • Must be able to be at the school on time during the hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday
  • Must be able to meet with parents of children either before or after normal school hours
  • Must be able to lift children weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to carry and move equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to think and reason clearly and articulate calmly in difficult situations

Roles and Responsibilities:

Teaching:

  • Collaborate with WonderWell staff to plan and implement a student-led, constructivist classroom
  • Collaborate with WonderWell staff to plan and implement learning provocations inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education
  • Foster a warm, nurturing learning environment inclusive of all children using a variety of positive reinforcement strategies and best practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental stages and needs of young children and supports them in a positive, nurturing manner
  • Actively participate in WonderWell’s teaching community in which collaboration, dialogue, and exchange are practiced values
  • Exhibit an eagerness to learn and utilize the technology required to document the learning experiences of the children
  • Maintain student confidentiality at all times

Parent Involvement and Communication:

  • Value parents as partners in their child’s education and maintain frequent contact with them regarding their child’s progress, needs, goals, and celebrations
  • Meet with parents to discuss their child's progress and to determine priorities for their child's education
  • Recognize parent concerns, evaluate course of action, and respond accordingly; ensure that appropriate and involved staff are aware of specific parent concerns

Human Resources:

  • Follow all policies stated in the WonderWell Personnel Handbook
  • Observe all rules and regulations pertaining to the health, safety, and care of children at all times
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with state licensing authorities and vendors
  • Actively develop and maintain positive staff relationships and parent partnerships
  • Attend all staff meetings, orientations, and/or school functions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited university; Texas teacher’s certification (EC-4 or EC-6 certificate and related endorsements)

Experience:

At least one year of student teaching or approved internship

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation and benefits for this position will be commensurate with education, certifications, and experience. Benefit offerings will include health, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, CPR/First Aid training, annual training, low teacher to child ratios, and exceptional professional development offerings.

WonderWell provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law, WonderWell complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.