Head Start Lead Teacher

Contact Person: Christine Scott
Job Location:
Adrian Public Schools
104 Dawes St, Adrian, MI  49221

Job Description:

DAYS/HOURS Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. School Year Position

PAYRATE/INSURANCE $21.94 – $22.69 depending on credentials Single Subscriber Insurance

SUMMARY Responsible for ensuring a safe, nurturing, educational environment for program children and families while maintaining documentation of services provided.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP The Teacher reports to the Early Learning Manager.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The following is a list of qualifications for the position, any one of which may be waived by the Board in exercising its prerogative to determine qualifications.


  • Must have regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Set up and maintain a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  • Complete and execute daily lesson plans based on individual children’s needs that include all aspects of the Creative Curriculum.
  • Maintain program documentation on children and families including formal and informal parent contacts.
  • Support, encourage and document parent involvement including father involvement.
  • Document and communicate children’s progress using TS GOLD assessment tool.
  • Administer, score and communicate results of the programs chosen developmental assessment as required by Performance Standards.
  • Utilize results of the developmental screening for individualization with in the classroom.
  • Complete all paperwork, document, communicate and execute the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process and disabilities referral process as requested by the LISD.
  • Utilize and document interventions as given in child behavioral plans, IEPs, or IFSPs.
  • Observe and document children’s activities and interactions through anecdotal notes. Complete, data enter, and communicate playground checklist and concerns Implementation of the program’s Safety & Injury Prevention System including Active Supervision. Work and communicate effectively as part of a team environment. Document any contributions to the classroom. Complete Creative Curriculum Training. Attend meetings and program functions, as assigned. Maintain positive relationships with staff, parents, program volunteers, and outside agencies.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with peers to promote a positive work culture.
  • Participate in and provide support for the recruitment of eligible children and families to ensure continuous full enrollment.
  • Actively assist the program in reaching non-federal share/match (in kind) goals, in accordance with federal guidelines.
  • Maintain confidentiality. Follows all Program, Board, and Policy Council policies, procedures, state laws and regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, and Michigan Child Care Licensing rules.
  • Provides support to other positions as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director or designee.


REQUIRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education required, BA/ZA prefered. Experience and training working with preschoolers.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, analyze, and interpret program policies and procedures. Ability to write per program policies and procedures.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the community. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. Knowledge, skill and ability in the use of e-mail, internet, spreadsheets and word-processing.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is continuously required to interact with the public, frequently must work irregular or extended hours, is directly responsible for the safety-well-being and work output of others and must meet multiple demands from several people. The employee drives while performing the duties of this job.
  • The employee is continuously required to interact with, children and families which will call for them to participate in physical activities i.e. jumping, hopping, moving to music, singing, etc.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Requires ability to complete responsibilities which may include climbing multiple flights of stairs and functioning without air conditioning.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Adrian Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination in its policies, employment practices and programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, height, weight, marital or familial status, gender, disability, or national origin.

Closing Date for Job:  07/01/2024

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