Explore a Career with Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska

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Head Start Teacher

Lexington, NE

Position: Teacher

Program and Location: Head Start, Lexington

Position Summary: The Teacher is responsible for direct contact with children in the classroom, providing developmentally appropriate activities on a daily basis, challenging them at their level, and encouraging success for all students. The Teacher also provides a safe, pleasant, active learning and problem-solving environment.


  • Ensure implementation of the Head Start curriculum, which includes active learning and practices that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Ensure classroom management and lesson planning/implementation are occurring.
  • Recruit, maintain, and train classroom volunteers throughout the program year.
  • Ensure implementation of oral health practices.
  • Be actively engaged in all Head Start activities and model appropriate behavior.

Tasks and Duties:

  • Train and mentor classroom staff.
  • Assist staff in updating the parent bulletin board by posting: lesson plans, volunteer sign-up sheet, center wish list, etc.
  • Provide experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, and support the social and emotional development of children. 
  • Ensure completion of the developmental and social emotional screenings covering communication, gross and fine motor, problem solving and personal-social for each child by due date
  • Ensure that child growth assessments (height and weight) are completed by required deadlines, and follow up if there are concerns.
  • Ensure the playground is a safe environment by checking for sharp objects, head entrapment etc., and facilitate repairs as necessary.

Education Requirements:  

  • AA or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field.  Equivalent coursework will be considered
  • Obtain and maintain current required Teacher certifications.

Required Skills: 

  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective relationship with Head Start families, other agency employees and the general public.
  • Ability to provide leadership to classroom staff, parents/guardians and classroom volunteers.
  • Model appropriate and professional behavior.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Schedule/Hours:  40 Hours per week for 42 weeks per year. This position has summer months off.  Head Start employees who have summer months off are eligible to apply for unemployment during this layoff period. 

Pay Rate: $13.38 - $14.69 per hour, depending on education and experience.

Benefits:  Due to this position beginning in the middle of a school year, the minimum hour requirement to be benefit eligible will not be met for the rest of the 20-21 school year.  The position will have June and July off in 2021.  This position will be benefit eligible for the 21-22 school year, which begins August 1, 2021.  Agency benefits include: paid Holidays, PTO, short term disability insurance, and Employee Assistance Program.  Other benefits available include: health, dental, vision, cancer/critical illness, accident, and voluntary life insurance, as well as retirement and flexible spending account. 

For more information contact Sarah at 308.865.5690 or at sarahb@mnca.net.   

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