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Teachers at the Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea play a key role, demonstrating the importance of valuing each child and family as individuals. By modeling responsibility, welcoming, and caring, teachers communicate core Jewish values. Teachers at the Margaux School have the educational qualifications, dispositions, knowledge, dedication to learning, and professional commitment necessary to promote children and their families as they learn and develop. Teachers work together with their teaching team to develop, implement, and evaluate the classroom pedagogy, to provide a quality educational program reflecting the goals and values of the school. The teachers monitor the development and learning of the children and partner with the parents in sharing this information.
Teachers at the Margaux School value and promote children’s play, are curious about the child’s perspective, understand child guidance in a developmental context and are alert to the learning process for each child. Teachers model anti-bias practices and cultural sensitivity, ask for help, accept suggestions, and offer guidance. Teachers maintain confidentiality and are diligent about health and safety. Teachers are lifelong learners and take time for regular reflection and self-examination.
Job Description: Teacher
A. Support learning and development of individual children
a. Attend to children’s physical and emotional safety and provide care, protection, consistency, and guidance to the children.
b. Nurture the physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual growth and development of each child.
c. Support social and emotional growth through developmentally appropriate management of group dynamics and conflict.
d. Document children’s play and learning using portfolios and journal entries.
e. Advocate for the needs of each individual child.
f. Protect the rights and privacy of children and families by maintaining strict confidentiality.
g. Maintain attendance records and incident reports for each student.
B. Support learning and development of all children
a. Create a welcoming classroom environment
b. Develop and post the flow of the day accounting for children’s needs
c. Serve as a reflective practitioner by engaging in the cycle of inquiry:
d. Create weekly lesson plans in teaching teams and submit to Early Childhood Director.
e. Maintain regular communication with families regarding the activities and accomplishments occurring in the classroom.
f. Share in the responsibility for maintaining communal equipment and supplies (such as laminator, die-cut machine, studio, etc.).
C. Serve as a Professional Learner and Leader
a. Uphold the Code of Ethical Conduct.
b. Maintain an open line of communication with teaching partners.
c. Increase knowledge of Judaism and develop abilities in the field of early childhood education.
d. Participate in all teacher learning days, age group meetings, professional learning community (PLC sessions), and faculty meetings.
e. Complete a minimum of 10 hours of professional development annually.
f. Participate in individual performance evaluation as well as school evaluation processes.
g. Provide collegial support for all teachers, substitutes, and volunteers.
h. Orient and assist new families, welcoming them to the Margaux School and to Temple Judea.
D. Follow all requirements listed in the Employee Handbook and all policies included in the Margaux School Department Manual.