TITLE: Preschool Master Teacher
- NJ Instructional Certification (Standard) with the
- Preschool-3 endorsement, or
- K-6, K-8, or Elementary School Teacher endorsement with the equivalent of two years of full time experience teaching preschool, or
- N-8 endorsement.
- Three to five years successful teaching experience in preschool.
- Experience providing professional development to classroom teachers preferred.
- Experience with Creative Curriculum and performance-based preschool assessments.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
- Must complete the Role of the Master Teacher course offered by the Division of Early Childhood Education within first year of eligibility to enroll in the course.
- Pass mandatory pre- employment physical, including drug screening in accordance with N.J.S.A.18A: 16-2(b)
- Pass mandatory criminal history screening in accordance with 18A:6-7.1.
- Consistent attendance as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google and general computer skills.
- Possess a valid drivers’ license and ability to drive to various early childhood education sites.
REPORTS TO: Director of Special Services and Building Principal
JOB GOALS: The Master Teacher devotes the greatest amount of time to classroom visits engaging teachers in reflective practice. The Master Teacher assists early childhood classroom teachers, including private early childhood providers in delivering consistently high-quality instruction and assists in effective curriculum implementation by planning and providing professional development, modeling instructional techniques, and observing classroom instruction/operation for the purpose of improving overall instruction in the early childhood program.
- Supports the implementation of the early childhood curriculum.
- Visits preschool classrooms, including those offered by private providers, on a regular basis to coach and provide feedback to teachers to improve teaching practices using the Reflective Cycle Model.
- Coaches teachers on the administration, data interpretation and use of assessment data to plan instruction using Performance-Based Assessments.
- Reviews student progress data on a regular basis throughout each marking period to identify students warranting more supportive classroom instruction.
- Designs instructional strategies and remediation for the classroom teacher to ensure targeted skill instruction based upon progress data.
- Assists teachers in designing and employing effective learning centers in their classrooms.
- Models effective instructional techniques for teachers based upon best practices.
- Guides teachers in selecting adaptive instructional materials to meet the needs of all students.
- Maintains an inventory of resources and materials for use by the early childhood teachers.
- Plans and provides professional development on best practices and program implementation concerning early childhood instruction and differentiates such professional development according to the needs of each individual early childhood teacher. Such professional development should be presented in a variety of participant settings and formats.
- Collaborates and communicates with the Special Education Department in providing appropriate services for special needs students.
- Attends and participates in faculty meetings and fulfills required duties.
- Participates in parent meetings with teachers to discuss pupil’s progress and interpret the school program, when appropriate.
- Confers with the Community Parent Involvement Specialist, Special Education staff/administration, and PIRT Team on a regular basis to ensure appropriate support for teachers, students, and parents.
- Visit kindergarten classrooms periodically to support teachers programmatically so children can experience a seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten.
- Maintains a level of professional competence appropriate to the specific area of certification, assignment and matters of general educational importance.
- Recommends curriculum modifications when needed.
- Performs other related professional duties as assigned by administration.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: Light Work: May lift, push or pull 20+ pounds.
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the NJDOE requirements and the provisions of Board’s policy on evaluation of certificated staff.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 10-month position
SALARY: As per the School Employees Association collective bargaining agreement