Teacher Tier I

Title: Teacher Tier I

Position Summary

The teacher serves as the lead person in their classroom and is responsible for ensuring that the classroom runs smoothly on a daily basis. In the absence of, or inability to contact the Head Teacher or Master Teacher/ Education Specialist, the teacher must take the initiative to resolve any emergency situations that arise. If the Head Teacher, Master Teacher or/ Education Specialists is not available, the teacher must contact the Director of the site. In addition to the responsibilities of being a classroom teacher in the center, the Teacher serves as a means of immediate support to the Teacher Assistant and/or Teacher Aide assigned to that classroom.

Job Description

  • Learns and adheres to the philosophy and mandates of Head Start and Early Head Start as outlined in the Performance Standards, licensing requirements, and the Policies and Procedures of Greater Bergen Community Action

  • Understands how children develop and learn in a variety of school, family and community contexts and provides opportunities that support their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development

  • Ensures children receive as much individual attention as possible and must supervise all children all the time by using your eyes and ears

  • Creates a learning community in which individual differences are respected

  • Prepares classroom prior to the children arriving daily

  • Ensures children receive as much individual attention as possible

  • Designs and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences making subject matter accessible and meaningful to all students

  • Prepares weekly lesson plans one week in advance and posts lesson plans in designated area that is easily visible to all pertinent individuals

  • Assumes responsibilities for all mandated classroom documentation for the education component

  • Keeps the classroom neat and assures that all equipment and materials are in good condition

  • Maintains the safely and bodily cleanliness of each child

  • Participates and conducts the Early Screening Inventory and Ages & Stages and/or any other assessment tool required by the agency and/or any other regulatory body

  • Attends in-service and pre-service training workshops as required and/or requested

  • Plans for and participates in home visits, parent/teacher conferences, and back to school events. These activities will be schedule during the day and evening

  • Plan and/or participate in class trips or any other type of event that may take the teacher and/or students out of the typical classroom environment

  • Shares information with parent/guardian and plans, as a team, strategies for meeting the individual needs of each child

  • Shares information as needed with Family Worker concerning individual needs and/or concerns regarding each child

  • Meets with supervisors to discuss progress, classroom observations, program planning, professional development, and plans for specific training as needed

  • Submit weekly anecdotal records in the assessment tool online used by the program on each child and makes written evaluations of each child’s development

  • Keeps daily attendance records and meal count records on each child

  • Responsible for ensuring the “Daily Drop off/Pick up Log “is completed

  • Alerts Family Worker and follows up on each child in the event of a prolonged absence

  • Participates as active, responsible members of the professional community, engaging in a wide range of reflective practices, pursuing opportunities to grow professionally and establishing collegial relationships to enhance the teaching and learning process

  • Knows and understands how education research and other methods of inquiry can be used as a means for continuous learning, self-assessment and development

  • Participates in the design and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) if requested

  • Learns through professional education organizations

  • Makes the entire school a productive learning climate through participation in collegial activities

  • Establishes and maintains a harmonious relationship with supervisors, fellow staff and parents

  • Attends all meetings as specified by the Education Supervisor and/or requested by administration

  • Responsible for the evaluation of the education component of the program at the end of the school year

  • Is punctual and adheres to the work schedule assigned

  • Assists with classroom coverage at own site and/or any other site upon request of supervisor and/or administration

  • Communicates clearly and concisely in English, both orally and written

  • Operates a computer and other standard office equipment to meet the demands of the position

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with management, clients, representative of community organizations and other staff members;

  • Assumes and performs any other additional assignment as directed by the Education Supervisor and/or administration in order to ensure the effective servicing the clients in our care

  • Implement with fidelity and follow in the classroom the Curriculum used by the program

  • Education Staff is required to participate in the Coaching program implemented for the Education Department or/Program

  • If the program requires virtual/ remote learning, staff must comply with all assignments from her Education supervisor.

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices involving the implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum

  2. Applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to preschools and child care

  3. Cultural and socio-economic issues relevant to providing appropriate services to special population groups

  4. How student learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents and prior learning, as well as language, culture, family and community values

  5. Characteristics, uses, advantages, and limitations of different types of assessments (criterion-references and norm-references instruments, traditional standardized and performance-based tests, observation systems and assessments of student work) for evaluating how students learn, what they know and are able to do, and what kinds of experiences will support their further growth and development


  1. MA in Early Childhood Education

  2. NJ P-3 or N Certification

  3. Successfully passed Praxis (highly qualified)

  4. Valid NJ driver’s license preferred, local travel is required

  5. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar computer software.

Physical & Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand or bend; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone, use hands to find, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms to lift up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will also work outdoors with children during some part of the day during each season.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skill; read and interpret date, information, and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; perform work on multiple, concurrent tasks and constant interruptions; and interact with management, staff, clients, state representatives, and other encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee may have occasional contact with abusive and/or physically violent clients. If the employee works in a typical office condition, the noise level is generally quiet. If the employee works in a classroom setting, the noise level, at times, will be above a standard noise level.

To Apply Contact:

GBCA Inc., Human Resources 392 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601 or



Email along with resume to humanresources@greaterbergen.org or Fax to (201) 342-9339

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons.

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Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.

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