Pine Ridge Prep Early Childhood Teacher

Reports To:  Building Principal


Position Purpose:  Organize- supervise- and conduct developmentally-appropriate activities daily to allow children to foster self-confidence and independence.  Work closely with the family to ensure that they receive training- services- and assistance as needed.


Qualifications:  Must have a Bachelor’s of Education degree with an emphasis in early childhood education and a current Kansas teaching certificate.


ESOL endorsement preferred.


Physical/Emotional Requirements:  The incumbent may be required to use the skills and abilities outlined below during any part of the working day.


The employee is expected to demonstrate adequate skills in speaking- hearing- manual dexterity- mobility- lifting (as much as 20 lbs)- pushing- pulling- bending- stooping- sitting- handling a variety of stressful situations- flexibility in adjusting to varied levels of pressure and intensity- patience- calmness- persistence.


Performance Responsibilities:

Critical Performance Areas

  • Develop an individualized program for each child- preparing them to enter Kindergarten.
  • Design and maintain a safe- attractive- and welcoming environment in which each child can grow.
  • Develop developmentally-appropriate weekly lesson plans.
  • Observe and accurately record developmental progress.
  • Conduct a minimum of two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences- per child- each year.
  • Ensure that each family is helped to move toward self-sufficiency and family goals.

 General Performance Areas:

  • Comply with all confidentiality regulations as required.
  • Participate in a yearly evaluation of program.
  • Maintain accurate records and document information in a timely manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with program staff.
  • Attend staff meetings- staff development trainings- and other meetings/seminars/conferences- as requested.
  • Maintain the professional competence- knowledge- and skills necessary for the satisfactory performance of this position.
  • Report any suspected child abuse and/or neglect to the appropriate staff person.
  • Seek continual improvement in the processes required to perform this position.
  • Plan and implement developmentally-appropriate lesson plans that include all areas of learning:  physical (large and small motor)- emotional- social- and cognitive.
  • Coordinate class field trips that relate to the curriculum.
  • Interact appropriately with the children throughout the day.
  • Provide a positive model for children to follow.
  • Maintain teacher/student ratios at all times.
  • Stay informed of current early childhood education issues.
  • Other duties as requested (as defined in Article 27 of the Professional Agreement).

 Terms of Employment:

 9 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.



 Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of certified professional staff.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 05/30/2019

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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