Substitute Teacher

  • 25 Chapel St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
  • Part-time

Company Description

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) has dedicated itself to providing high quality early childhood education to children from low-income families for the last 125 years. We serve nearly 450 children in full-day educational classes, each enriched with pre-literacy and language programs as well as arts and music instruction. BKS recognizes that families – the key to children’s success – often benefit from resources and support beyond the classroom. To that end, our social services staff provides counseling, referral services, and workshops for children and their families. We were rated one of the top seven school readiness programs in Greater New York (out of 1,700 organizations reviewed) by Root Cause Foundation. We provide full day, year round care for children who are stimulated by the various curriculum studies initiated by them and guided by the principles of the Creative Curriculum.

Job Description

·         Gain awareness as to curriculum posted in each assigned classroom and provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children

·         Share ideas and observations from classroom time with the classroom team to assist in future assessment and development of curriculum

·         Assists in the responsibility for the overall implementation of program policies and procedures and on-going communication with support and supervisory staff

·         Responsible for maintaining statutory required teacher-child ratios in classroom during program operation

·         Maintain a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome

·         Model developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques through daily contact with children and early childhood staff in the classroom

·         Take part in active supervision of children, engaging them in enriched conversation throughout the day

·         Tend to toileting; maintain a clean, safe and orderly classroom

·         Direct classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups, as assigned

·         Identifying difficulties and coaching children through conflicts utilizing problem solving skills

·         Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families

·         Keeping full time staff abreast of any and all developments, that relate to classroom, children and families

·         Developing an understanding of Head Start goals, philosophy and ways of implementation

·         Collaborative and professional relationship with colleagues

·         Participate in monthly professional meetings as assigned

·         Participate in all staff development programs and activities, and demonstrate a willingness to put new ideas into practice; attend all trainings and other required meetings, which may be held outside of regular schedule

·         Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making

·         Observe strict confidentiality

·         Adhere to BKS policies and procedures; comply with required documentation and record keeping responsibilities for both the classroom functioning and for individual children

·         Maintain compliance paperwork, and submit documents by deadlines assigned

·         Report to work at time assigned, at all sites and classrooms as assigned

Other (10%)


·         Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned


·         H.S. Diploma or HSE/GED Required

·         Desire to work with children and low-income families in a multilingual and multicultural 
setting, with specialized training for dealing with this specific age group

·         Ability to receive & provide feedback to colleagues in a professional setting

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

·         Classroom teaching experience

·         Knowledge of child development and sensitivity to the needs and characteristics of young children and families

·         Must be able to meet physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor and lifting a child

·         Adaptable schedule to work as needed between the hours of 8AM and 6PM on days program is in operation

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.