At Martha’s Table, we believe in the power of community – a strong community. For over 35 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — in order to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities.
Through our Healthy Start program, we provide nationally accredited, high-quality early education programming and the health and life supports to ensure a great start for children from 3 months to 13 years of age. We know that in order for our children to succeed they need diligent, devoted adults to support them. We’re looking for a dedicated educator who will support the Lead Teacher’s efforts to ensure instructional excellence in the classroom.
The Assistant Teacher will aid the Lead Teacher in providing a supportive and encouraging learning environment for our students, and will help to produce quarterly individual child development plans and weekly lesson plans.
Required Education: Associates or higher in Early Childhood education or an Early Childhood related discipline, a must.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Assist with the implementation of evidence-based, responsive, intentional, and developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction, and teacher-child interactions
- Assist with the implementation of education plans and other required documentation for children and the classroom, ensuring that all reports are accurate and complete
- Create and maintain a classroom space that offers children an attractive, engaging environment for learning based on best practices
Assessment, Data, and Individual Support
- Assist with the implementation of developmental screenings on all children including but not limited to Ages and Stages
- Assist with the implementation of IFSPs (Individual Family Service Plan) or IEPs (Individualized Education Plan) as needed
- Assist with providing ongoing observation and authentic assessment of individual children and maintain a comprehensive portfolio assessment for each child
- Attend and at times, plan and implement, targeted professional development sessions and training for teachers with a focus on infants and toddlers
- Respond to regular, direct instructional coaching feedback as well as feedback from rigorous, widely-accepted program evaluation tools
- Meet with the Academic Coach/Specialist on a weekly basis to discuss the classroom, instruction, and the needs of individual students
- Develop effective communication and partnership with families
- Assist with conducting three parent conferences a year to discuss child development with parents and/or guardians
- Guide and support students’ acquisition of social skills including eating meals with children and helping them develop self-help skills
- Support and provide Continuum of Care to help children develop secure relationships
- Be responsible for children’s safety at all times and in all settings
- Perform other duties as assigned
- 2-3 years of early childhood program experience preferred
- Infant and toddler focus preferred
- Knowledge OSSE compliance and DC Early Learning Standards preferred
- Knowledge of NAEYC standards preferred
- Teaching experience in multicultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations preferred
- Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products
- Excellent interpersonal communications skills (oral and written)
- Able to partner with families in support of a child’s growth and development
- Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission
- Experience using assessment data to inform teaching practice preferred