PO Box 5374 • 300 S. Daniel Morgan Ave. Ste. A
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Ph. 864.585.8183 Fax: 864.585.5152

Substitute Teacher

I. General Description:

A substitute will serve as a Teacher or Teacher’s Assistant when the Teacher or Assistant is on leave.

II. Special Duties:

Classroom Time
1. Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor) for the activities of the day.
2. Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups and individuals.
3. Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher in the identification of each child’s strengths and areas to grow.
4. Utilize lesson plans at the direction of classroom staff, which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children.
5. Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, three meals, and effective transitions between activities.
6. Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice making; ask open-ended questions and listen respectfully to the answers.
7. Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom. .
8. Sanitize classroom equipment and laundry.
9. Assist with meal service as needed.
Bus Monitor
1. Monitor and manage behavior of children.
2. Secure children in age/weight appropriate restraints.
3. Communication with families, including mail, sign-off to authorized adults, cell phones etc.
4. Assist in emergency evacuation.
1. Assure/assist in general maintenance and security of facility.
2. Attend meetings, training’s, and appropriate professional development activities when required.
3. Other duties as assigned.

III. Supervisory Control:

Substitute Teachers report directly to the Center Manager for center operations.

IV. Other Significant Facts:

• Good Health
• Must receive annual physical examination
• Must have transportation, valid drivers’ license and auto insurance.
• Willing to work overtime on a volunteer basis.

V. Qualifications:

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required
• GED/High School Diploma minimum with post high school educational coursework in Early Childhood Education/Development highly desirable.
• Demonstrated classroom ability, typically one year pre-school classroom experience or equivalent.
• Strong communications skills, especially good listening & writing skills.
• Knowledge of typical behaviors/expectations of three and four year old children typically gained through a minimum of one year of relevant experience.
• Must have a current Food Handler’s Card. Pediatric CPR and First Aide desirable.
• Current enrollment in the Child Care Division-Central Background Registry.
Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes
• Ability to visually assess children’s health and behaviors and make frequent significant decisions to assure their health and safety
• Ability to apply developmentally appropriate practices for young children in a classroom, playground and bus settings.
• Frequent kneeling, bending at waist and neck, and sitting on floor also frequent getting up and down from seat to assist children on bus and in classroom.
• Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs.) in classroom setting and assisting children into seats on the bus and the ability to carry or drag a child in an emergency situation out of a bus to a safe area.
• Occasional climbing to enter and exit a bus and sitting throughout bus routes.

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