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VPK Teacher I

Lake Buena Vista


VPK Teacher I

Lake Buena Vista, FL • Child Development

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The position is responsible for implementing and supervising all aspects of daily activities for children and the Teacher is responsible for working to provide a successful program that will foster children's social, physical, spiritual, and mental growth in a safe and well-organized environment.

Preferred availability during regular program hours : Monday through Friday 6:30 AM -2:00 PM


1. Develop creative and engaging lesson plans suitable for VPK students using approved curriculum along with the Florida Standards for Four-Year-Olds.

2. Guide children to develop their academic, artistic and practical capabilities through a carefully constructed curriculum.

3. Employ a variety of educational techniques (i.e. storytelling, educational play, sensorial, media, etc.) to teach child.

4. Build an engaging, fun, learning environment that promotes literacy and early education in a classroom setting.

5. Execute daily classroom schedule to include teacher-directed learning, child-directed experiences, quality outdoor time, age-appropriate proper hygiene, laying out of lunches, snack distribution, rest opportunities, as well as, other elements that may not be listed here.

6. Observe each child to assess skills, interest, and needs and use this information to facilitate individual learning and growth.

7. Ensure development of positive relationships with children with a view to promote self-esteem and self-development.

8. Records any important observations regarding student development and ensure that it is communicated to Teacher II.

9. Assist in handling evaluations and creating reports.

10. Comfort distressed children by employing compassion and tact.

11. Change diapers and/or help children in cleaning themselves.

12. Oversee children to make sure that they are safe during outdoor and indoor activities.

13. Record attendance and ensure the attendance data is entered into the school database.

14. Create and encourage child interactions with peers and adults to foster children's social competencies, including self-esteem and confidence.

15. Communicate with parents appropriately and effectively regarding students' growth and progress.

16. Understand all school emergency procedures and protocol.

17. Maintain a clean and safe classroom consistent with health and safety standards.

18. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on the YMCA values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

19. Assists in the supervision of children, classroom, and all activities.

20. Implements curriculum within the established guidelines.

21. Establishes and enforces rules to promote positive behavior.

22. Attends to children's basic needs including supervising meal times, playground times and free play.

23. Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.

24. Contribute to the healthy mental and emotional development of the children so they can more easily acclimate to the next level of education.


1. Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

2. Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person's point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

3. Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

4. Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


1. Must be at least 18 years of age.

2. Position requires High School degree or equivalent, CDA or equivalent, completion of MODS (Introductory Child Care Training, Parts 1 & 2)

3. One or more year's previous experience working with children in a developmental setting.

4. Must be able to interact for an extended period of time both indoors and outdoors.

5. Knowledgeable in child development.

6. Provide support in planning and lesson and daily activities based on the principles of child development.

7. Excellent communication and instructional skills.

8. Patient, friendly and reliable.

9. Must have great love and patience for children.

10. Knowledge of best teaching practices and preschool educational methods as well as the ability to engage them and earn their trust and attention.

11. Special training in Early Childhood Education or the equivalent preferred.


1. 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.

2. Ability to perform all physical aspects of the position, including walking, standing, bending, reaching, and lifting.

3. The employee must be able to perform medium work: exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

4. The employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.

5. The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

6. The employee is subject to noise: there is sufficient noise to cause the employee to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.