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Chicago Commons – Lead Teacher (0-3 years of age)


Chicago Commons’ Nia Family Center in located in the west Humboldt Park area of Chicago, Illinois.

Start Date: May 4, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The lead teacher is responsible for developing a classroom atmosphere where children can grow and develop in a safe and positive learning space. Candidates must have a passion for creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to receive a quality education, and the ability to lead the classroom team.

• Contributes to the development of the overall agency and center educational plan
• Leads classroom teams in creating an atmosphere in which children can grow and develop; develops a classroom environment that is welcoming and emphasizes the importance of the child; includes furnishings and supplies which are attractive, durable and developmentally appropriate
• Introduces, implements and evaluates developmentally appropriate activities for young children including the following activities: Self Image, Language/Literacy Development, Music and Movement, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art, Large/Small Motor Activities, and In-Depth Projects
• Supervises and interacts with all children’s activities
• Trains staff and prepares performance evaluations with the assistance of the Site Director
• Researches, implements, and evaluates curriculum methods and classroom management strategies
• Responsible for preparing classroom materials in advance of children’s arrival and maintaining a clean classroom environment
• Assists with responsibility of ordering supplies needed for the program
• Recommends maintenance and repairs as needed
• Develops strong partnerships with the families
• Attends home visits and conducts parent-teacher conference assessment reviews
• Participates in Family Reviews and IFSP/IEP meetings
• Leads the implementation of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, focusing on in depth studies and classroom explorations
• Responsible for maintaining reports on children’s growth and development for all students in the classroom
• Conducts weekly team meeting
• Attends and participates in parent meetings and in-service trainings
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to read and write English proficiently. Candidates must regularly operate a word-processing system and therefore must be able to read, produce and transmit data on such a system.

Candidates must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and are frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Chicago Commons is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary & Benefits

An attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package will be available commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedures

Apply directly through Chicago Commons’ Career Page


Share your letter of interest, resume and references directly to
Danisha Martin E: O: (202) 644-7433
C: (240) 354-7129

Program Description

Chicago Commons’ Early Childhood Education Programs are Reggio inspired program that implement a problem-solving approach to learning, provide unique engaging environments, include extensive art studios and provide outdoor play through nature-based playgrounds. The Early Childhood Programs serve as the backbone of many at-risk Chicago communities, including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Bronzeville, and New City/Back of the Yards. These neighborhoods are impacted by high rates of poverty and limited educational and economic resources. Chicago Commons seeks to help families obtain the skills, resources and education needed to break the cycle of poverty.

Contact Info

Please share your letter of interest, resume and references to ……………………………..

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