Combination Teacher
LAKES AND PINES C.A.C., INC.
1700 MAPLE AVENUE EAST
MORA, MINNESOTA 55051
320-679-1800
TITLE: Combination Teacher
SALARY RANGE: Per Union Contract
CLASSIFICATION: AFSCME Council 65
HOURS: Per Bargaining Unit Agreement
STATUS: Non-Exempt Classification
I. GENERIC DESCRIPTION
The Combination Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a classroom of up to ten (10) preschool children. Duties include providing classroom supervision for the assigned number of three (3) hour classroom sessions each week, conducting the assigned number of one and one-half (1½) hour home visits per child per month, and two (2) parent-teacher conferences for enrolled families.
II. SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION
A. Essential Functions
Adhere to and be able to articulate Program philosophy, Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Service Area Plans, personnel and administrative policies, Agency Mission Statement, Blood Borne Pathogens Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) Policy, and Data Privacy and Affirmative Action Policies; and utilize when performing responsibilities.
Support the mission of the Agency.
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism in performing responsibilities.
Attend staff meetings for center site, Head Start program, and participate in training programs offered by the Agency.
Attend authorized meetings specific to individual family service provision.
Be able to articulate and carry out appropriate emergency procedures.
Complete a Professional Development Plan and review annually with supervisor.
Actively participate in Program recruitment activities.
Recruit parent volunteers to participate in Policy Council.
Offer opportunities for parents to be involved in the classroom during the Program Year.
Be an active team member with co-workers and collaborative work with partners, if applicable, in accomplishing Program goals, objectives, and assignments.
Plan and implement classroom activities in conjunction with partnering staff activities.
Work cooperatively with school districts to ensure requirements are met.
Work cooperatively with Family Advocates and other Service Area staff to assist families in accessing resources as needed.
Meet regularly with Family Advocate to discuss each family’s and child’s goals, progress, and resource needs.
Reinforce, through implementation of all aspects of the Program, the role of parents as primary educator of their children.
Role model appropriate adult/child interaction consistent with established Early Childhood Best Practices.
Ensure that applicable Head Start Performance Standards are met within the assigned caseload.
Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a developmental, hearing & vision and behavioral screening within forty-five (45) days of his/her entry into the Program.
Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receive a nutritional screening within ninety (90) days of his/her entry into the Program.
Assist Family Advocate in obtaining physical, dentals, and follow up work for all children enrolled.
Provide one and one-half (1½) hour Home Visits to each child on the caseload, the first to be completed within two (2) weeks of enrollment, and document on Home Visit Report forms; provide two (2) parent/teacher conferences.
Maintain the required CLASS scores in each of the three domains, as determined by the Program.
Review with each enrolled family the individualized Family Partnership Agreement at the initial visit and as needed thereafter.
Document ongoing progress of each enrolled family on the Partnership Agreement.
Maintain classroom attendance to meet Program and Performance Standards.
Assist each enrolled family to establish developmentally appropriate goals for their child(ren).
Conduct regular classroom observations of each child, and complete reports identifying progress toward objectives for each child present; and discuss with parents.
Offer follow-up activities for families to complete in the home.
Develop written weekly lesson plans.
Integrate all Program Service Areas into lesson plans.
Prepare classroom site into a conducive learning environment.
Offer activities/educational opportunities that provide for children’s individual achievement based on screening assessment data and Individual Education Plans (IEPs.
Submit lesson plans to supervisor for review.
Maintain all applicable required records, and submit all applicable reports, data entry, and paperwork in a timely manner as required by supervisor.
Maintain a Family case notes documenting family changes/situations and any appropriate referrals to Family Advocates or Coordinating staff and/or other agencies.
Ensure meals for each child meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) nutritional guidelines through monitoring of contracted meal service.
Complete a Child Development Assessment Checklist three (3) times per year and two (2) conferences with school district staff.
Refer children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities to Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator.
III. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Preferred Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, or a Bachelor’s or advanced degree and course work equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching pre-school aged children.
Requires an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate’s degree in a related field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool aged children may be considered.
Experience in working with preschool children.
Must have ability to work with parents and children in the classroom and home environments.
Must have ability to communicate verbally with adults as well as children and in writing to various reading levels.
Must be physically able to relate to and manage children on an individual and group basis.
Must possess initiative, be responsible, and have the ability to be flexible.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including occasional travel out of the service area for meetings, workshops, conferences, overnights, etc.
Is subject to a Criminal Background Check, the results of which are acceptable to the Agency.
EVALUATION

Performance Evaluations are conducted after a six-month provisional period, and Performance Evaluations are done at least annually thereafter.
Appraisals are based on observation of the Combination Teacher by the Child Care Lead, analysis of the effectiveness of the Program, and through an appraisal conference.
Performance Evaluations will utilize the Agency’s and Program’s forms.
Factors to be considered during the appraisal are:
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How well does he/she follow written and verbal instructions?
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How well does he/she relate the concepts of the Head Start Program to enrolled families?
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How well are lesson plans prepared and carried out?
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Are reports completed accurately and in a timely manner?
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How well does he/she communicate/work with other team members associated with the family?
Additional Information
Lakes and Pines CAC reserves the right to revise this job description and change job duties and responsibilities as Agency and program(s) needs arise. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment; and provides a general overview of expectations of the position holder.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Contractor
In accordance with federal and state laws, Lakes and Pines CAC is an equal opportunity employer, contractor and provider of services. The Agency will maintain a policy of non– discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment within the Agency will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, public assistance status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,status as a parent, familial status, or in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

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