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Little Sprouts Academy Assistant Teacher in Glendive, Montana

TITLE: Assistant Teacher STATUS: Part-time, Hourly HOURS: Averages 25 hours per week WAGE: $9.50 - $11.00 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications LEAVE: Unpaid sick leave and vacation leave are granted at the Executive Director’s discretion SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Receives work assignments, direction, and oversight from a Lead Teacher and/or the Executive Director. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Under the expressed authorization of the Executive Director, the Assistant Teacher may, from time to time, assign tasks and provide direction to volunteers.

Summary of Position: A Little Sprouts Academy (LSA) Assistant Teacher is responsible for assisting a Lead Teacher in providing a warm and nurturing environment where children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. The Assistant Teacher is a year-round, part-time, position that averages about 25 hours per week. Shift times and lengths may vary; schedule changes will be communicated in advance.

Little Sprouts Academy Mission: Our mission at Little Sprouts Academy is to show the love of Jesus to everyone who enters our center and to provide high quality, play-based education rooted in best practices to meet children’s physical, social, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs. As part of the early childhood education community, The Academy promotes and teaches Christian values through a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, supports parents and children ages 0-5, and fosters a partnership with the greater community.

Little Sprouts Academy Vision: Our vision is to foster a culture in which lives are transformed through the way we educate, nurture, love, and serve by establishing flourishing connections between our staff and families along with the greater Glendive community.

Little Sprouts Academy Values: Our values reflect what is most important to us and are critical in shaping an ideal work culture and learning environment. In all that we do, then, we strive to exhibit the following values:

• Purposeful, integrity-based, service-minded business operations • Loving, nurturing, trustworthy, personal relationships with families and the community • High-quality, play-based, holistic, instructional activities

Little Sprouts Academy Goals: • To provide a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures each child’s natural wonder • To emphasize a biblically-based worldview that includes the importance of fully loving, faithfully serving, and wholeheartedly following Jesus • To facilitate an enjoyable learning experience and model a positive attitude toward school which will allow the children to be rooted in confidence and skill for any future experience • To acknowledge families as the first and most important teachers, while developing a partnership to support them on their journey Minimum Qualifications: • Must be at least 16 years old; Previous experience working with preschool-aged children is preferred, but not required. • Must be current on the Early Childhood Project Practitioner registry • Must have current certification for infant, child, and adult CPR and infant choking response, and standard first aid. CPR certification must be completed in a hands-on setting. • Must have successfully completed required early childhood teacher orientation • Must be able to communicate in a clear and timely manner, with a wide range of people • Must be able to work both independently and with detailed direction and oversight • Must exhibit an awareness of and sensitivity to individual children’s needs • Must be a born-again Christian who professes faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior • Must agree with and be willing to be held accountable to the Academy’s statements of faith and Christian community • Must demonstrate consistent, biblical, love and care for children and their families

Job Responsibilities: • Assist a Lead Teacher in all aspects of the planned program • Follow the classroom schedule set by the teacher • Help keep classroom equipment and supplies in good order • Carry out assigned share of daily and weekly housekeeping responsibilities • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled and impromptu staff meetings • Without exception, treat each child and their family members with dignity and respect • Use a positive, proactive, consistent approach to classroom management

Continuing Education Requirements: • In order to maintain certification, must complete 16 hours of approved training annually