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GSRP Lead Teacher

Position: GSRP Lead Teacher  
Department: Improving the Lives of Children
Supervisor: Site Director
Compensation Range: $20+ (depending on experience) with EXCELLENT Benefits
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Hours of Work: Monday-Friday, occasional Evenings and Weekends

Teaches academic and social-emotional skills in a school setting by performing the duties listed below. Teachers plan and implement a healthy, safe, and developmentally appropriate learning environment for preschool children that promote developmental gains toward the attainment of kindergarten readiness skills as defined in the Early Learning Framework and GSRP Implementation Manual, within a MTSS framework. Teacher professionalism in the classroom, with families, the community and with staff serve as a model of excellence.

Kalamazoo, MI

Brief Description

Teaches academic and social-emotional skills in a school setting by performing the duties listed below.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Must have knowledge of and comply with GSRP Implementation Manual and Procedures, and State of Michigan Licensing for Child Care Centers.
  2. Creates and implements curriculum/lesson plans incorporating hands-on activities and experiential learning considering factors such as individual needs, abilities, learning levels and physical limitations of students.
  3. Confers with parents, administrators, specialists, social workers and others to implement the individual educational programs (IEPs) for students who are at different learning ability levels.
  4. Creates a flexible environment that is focused on student success to maximize potential.
  5. Utilizes student assessment data to inform whole group, small group, and individualized instruction.
  6. Implements program assessment tools with fidelity.
  7. Establishes effective communication with parents regarding the progress of students and includes them in setting curricular goals for their child.
  8. Maintains accurate and up-to-date child records and lesson plans.
  9. Establish a safe, healthy, stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning environment for all children *
  10. Implement program curriculum with fidelity.
  11. Observe and assess children’s development on a regular basis, analyze data and make plans or referrals specific to the needs of the individual child.
  12. Provide daily direction and oversight to other classroom staff through positive communication, and coaching of desired behaviors and outcomes.
  13. Build positive relationships with families to promote positive parent/child relationships including family events in the classroom and program, and take-home activities.
  14. Work with program staff to provide comprehensive services to families and children.
  15. Work in partnership with associate teacher, KCR4’s Teacher mentor, and Great Start to Quality Coach.
  16. Regular and consistent attendance.
  17. Other duties as assigned.


  1. YWCA location
  2. Off-site location
  3. Potential outdoor events
  4. Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, some lifting
  5. Frequently required to stand
  6. Frequently required to walk
  7. Frequently required to sit
  8. Occasionally required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  9. Continually required to talk or hear
  10. Frequently exposure to outside weather conditions (children go outside daily)
  11. Occasionally exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials
  12. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually Moderate-Loud.
  13. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 50 pounds frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds / continually lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  14. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision, Depth perception and ability to adjust focus

Education requirements, certifications, work experience

  1. A qualified candidate will possess: a valid Michigan teaching certificate and an Early Childhood Education (ZA), or Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement, or a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development with a specialization in preschool teaching. The transcript will document a major in Child Development or Early Childhood Education.
  2. *Candidates currently enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program can be put on an educational plan with the intent to meet above qualifications within 3 years.
  3. One-year experience working with young children within a licensed or early learning facility.
  4. Ability to meet requirements of Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing.
  5. Satisfactory response to criminal, child abuse and neglect, and sex offender history checks.


  1. Orientation to YWCA Personnel Policies, Mission, Purpose and One Imperative.
  2. Racial Justice Training
  3. Orientation to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting.
  4. Other appropriate training and in-service which will occur during employment.
  5. Trainings mandated by the state of Michigan, KC Ready 4’s and GSRP; Minimum 24 hours per year

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