A Teacher Mentor is responsible for assisting teachers employed at partnering early childhood programs in implementing and sustaining high-quality practices within the preschool and/or Pre-K classrooms. The Teacher Mentor provides coaching, consultation, and professional development to both classroom teachers and program administrators for the purposes of continuous quality improvement of program practices. Available position is full-time. Salary ranges from $38,000-$42,000. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, parking, holidays, PTO, health stipend, short-term/long-term disability and employer contribution to a Simple IRA upon eligibility.
- Master’s degree in early childhood education.
- Three or more years relevant job experience in early childhood education, such as a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classroom.
- Experience coaching adults in sustainable quality improvement practices.
- Knowledge of and competence in best practices for early care and education programs.
- Knowledge of Preschool Quality Assessment-Revised instrument.
- Demonstrate competence in a variety of curricula (specifically Creative Curriculum® and HighScope® Curriculum), corresponding child assessment tools that are research based and approved by the Michigan Department of Education, and developmental screeners.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in analyzing assessment data to improve classroom learning environments.
- Experience in leading and coordinating projects and events.
- Experience in guiding the professional development of early childhood educators.
- Knowledge of and experience in working with adult learners.
- Proven experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently, coordinate and schedule workload, make coaching decisions as appropriate, and handle a variety of tasks and deadlines.
- Knowledge, ability, and willingness to participate in personal professional development.
- Knowledge of various paths of professional growth for early childhood professionals, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA), TEACH program, and programs offered by higher learning institutions.
- Valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle. Must provide proof of both.
- Willingness to drive throughout Kalamazoo County.
Essential Job Functions
- Builds relationships with teachers and administrators for the purpose of establishing an environment of trust and collaboration.
- Assesses skills and needs of teachers (both initially and ongoing) for the purpose of ensuring appropriate assistance and strategies for identified mentoring activities.
- Coaches and assists teachers with curriculum implementation, teaching strategies, lesson planning, authentic child assessment, data analysis, and classroom management for the purpose of improving instruction.
- Assists classroom teachers and administrators in analyzing child assessment data for the purposes of identifying classroom and individual child growth and development plans.
- Coaches and assists teachers in communicating effectively with families.
- Collaborates with representatives of Kalamazoo County Ready 4s and pre-K partners, for the purpose of sharing ideas, approaches, and support opportunities that support high-quality learning environments.
- Assists with identifying professional development needs, planning professional development opportunities, and facilitating learning opportunities for teachers and families.
- Models professionalism at all times for the purpose of demonstrating expected behaviors and actions of exemplary teachers.
- Participates in meetings, workshops, trainings, and seminars for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions.
- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of Kalamazoo County Ready 4s.
Interested candidates must respond to Therese Armstead, KC Ready 4s Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 5th. A complete candidate application should include:
- A resume and letter of interest in the full-time position, including relevant experience and references.
- Photographic evidence of meeting the minimal qualifications, i.e., copies of diplomas, educational transcripts, certifications and licensure.
- Two to three current letters of reference.