Associate Teacher – Early Childhood Classroom

Contact Person: Sheila Bracken
Job Location:
University Liggett School
1045 Cook Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI  48236

Job Description:

The Associate Prekindergarten Teacher will support the mission and vision of University Liggett School through positive interaction with students, parents, and faculty. Specifically, the Associate Prekindergarten Teacher is responsible for ensuring that the school’s mission, vision, and strategic plan are the center of all decisions and actions. The Associate Prekindergarten Teacher will support an atmosphere of trust and openness among employees, students, and parents and will support an atmosphere that fosters the intellectual, social, physical, behavioral, and emotional growth of each student.

The primary role of the associate teacher is to support and supervise students while working closely with the lead teacher. This role also serves to provide less experienced teachers with hands-on professional experience working with a mentor teacher.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage actively with the children to foster a positive learning environment and provide a welcoming, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for students
  • Work closely with the lead teacher to plan and carry out lesson plans grounded in the Reggio Emilia philosophy Supervise group activities and assist in small group instruction
  • Help maintain the classroom materials and environment in a clean and orderly manner
  • Assist the lead teacher using positive feedback and disciplining when necessary
  • Assist in maintaining records of student progress and needs
  • Maintain a safe and supportive environment for young children
  • Participate in faculty duties, such as student supervision during recess, snack, lunch, nap and dismissal
  • Handle basic hygiene needs such as handwashing, assisting with the bathroom and dressing for outdoor play
  • Observe children and share any concerns with the lead preschool teacher, LS psychologist, or Early Childhood Program Director
  • Support lead preschool teacher using a whole-child approach that builds classroom community and creates an environment that remains responsive to the strengths and needs of all students
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings, team meetings, and professional development days
  • Attend Back to School Night and parent-teacher conferences
  • Work with lead teacher, Division Head, and Dean of Teaching and Learning to strengthen pedagogy and knowledge of Reggio Emilia and take advantage of professional development opportunities
  • Model the Liggett core values within and beyond the classroom walls


  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education or elementary education preferred
  • Familiarity with a Reggio-inspired classroom or emergent curriculum is preferred
  • Previous experience working with young children
  • A passion for early childhood education and helping children grow in a positive way
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility when the need arises
  • An understanding of the importance of a consistent routine in the early childhood classroom Screenings
  • TB assessment, Livescan Background Check, CPR/First Aid certification

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional school environment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 9 months 7:45-3:30

Closing Date for Job:  08/26/2024

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