Head Start Teacher

The Teacher is responsible for conducting a preschool educational program for low-income children that fosters their growth in all developmental areas. The Teacher works with the Assistant Teacher and the Family Advocate to ensure successful, nurturing experiences for children, while recognizing parents as the most important influences in the lives of their children. The Teacher reports to and is supervised by the Education Manager.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: planning activities that meet the social, emotional, physical, and educational needs of the children; consistently using developmentally appropriate practice; designing, arranging, and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experiential learning; preparing a flexible classroom schedule; writing and submitting lesson plans to supervisor; assisting children in becoming self-reliant and in relating to others; designing, implementing, and reinforcing consistent behavioral guidance strategies; maintaining indoor and outdoor equipment and materials in safe, clean condition; using various assessments to individualize the educational program for each child and ensuring that all IEPs are carried out; scheduling and carrying out home visits and parent conferences; meeting regularly with the center team to review concerns, children’s progress, and daily operations; completing regular observations of the children in the class to determine their developmental level in each curricular area; including the Assistant Teacher in all aspects of the planning and implementation of classroom activities; including the Family Advocate in classroom activities in a meaningful way; maintaining current CPR, First Aid, and MAT certifications; maintaining a working knowledge of the Head Start program and the Head Start Performance Standards; state child care licensing standards; and, other state, federal and local standards and regulations related to programs serving young children; and, performing other job-related tasks as requested by the Education Manager.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: minimum of a bachelor’s degree (in early childhood education, child development, or a related field); experience in a preschool setting; skill in teaching preschool-age children; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; skill in the use of computer technology including Microsoft Office; proficiency in oral and written communications and in public speaking;  and, sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the conditions of poverty.

Please submit cover letter and resume’ to MACAA Attn:  Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or jchance@macaa.org.


MACAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.