Resource/Assistant Teacher

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Resource/Assistant Teacher

Resource/Assistant Teacher

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Job Description

Accounting / Finance - Full-time

An assistant/resource teacher at The Goddard School is responsible for helping to establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Additionally, an assistant teacher is responsible for working with a lead teacher and in conjunction with the entire faculty.


An assistant teacher must meet the qualifications of his or her state and the following qualifications:

  • the ability to understand and support the education program using “learning through play” philosophy;
  • the ability to interact closely with children at their level;
  • the ability to keep children within sight and sound supervision at all times;
  • the ability to change children’s diapers and/or assist in toileting (where necessary);
  • the ability to understand and comply with the franchisee’s employment policies;
  • the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with school personnel, children and parents;
  • the ability to handle crisis situations, including assisting in evacuating the building during emergencies; and
  • the ability to comply in all respects with all applicable laws and regulations relating to childcare.

An assistant teacher must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • a private academic teaching certificate for nursery school through kindergarten or early childhood education;
  • proof of the teacher’s current enrollment in a CDA credentialing program;
  • proof of the teacher’s current enrollment in an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education or a related field.


The assistant teacher’s responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher in implementing the lead teacher’s responsibilities. The lead teacher’s responsibilities include the following:

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment

  • Design an appropriate room arrangement to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom
  • Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom
  • Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair
  • Understand and implement The Goddard School® emergency procedures
  • Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times
  • Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements
  • Perform minor cleaning responsibilities (e.g., spills) immediately
  • Perform major cleaning during times when children are not present
  • Post a classroom schedule that meets the needs of the children and includes a routine and learning opportunities
  • Post and adhere to all GSI Health and Safety policies and procedures

Advance children’s physical and intellectual competence

  • Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child
  • Create a multi-cultural learning environment
  • Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in learning
  • Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning
  • Encourage children to talk with each other and with the faculty
  • Present age- and developmentally-appropriate expectations for all children
  • Create a print-rich environment in order for children to learn about books, literature and writing
  • Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks
  • Provide a reasonable balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities
  • Provide opportunities for both active and quiet play
  • Integrate GSI-approved resources (including Enrichment Programs) into lesson plans

Support each child’s social and emotional development and provide positive guidance

  • Understand and adhere to the GSI Behavior Policy
  • Plan and implement activities to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills
  • Plan and implement activities to enable children’s feeling of security
  • Encourage empathetic and respectful feelings for others, as well as the environment, through positive modeling
  • Respect cultural and ethnic diversity

Establish positive and effective family relations

  • Communicate, in a professional manner, with families and faculty
  • Encourage families to become an integral part of their children’s learning experiences
  • Provide opportunities (e.g., conferences) in which families are made to feel a part of their children’s learning experiences
  • Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child
  • Maintain a portfolio for each child
  • Maintain the classroom Parent Board

Ensure an effective program, responsive to children’s needs

  • Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities
  • Build teamwork
  • Develop lesson plans
  • Manage classrooms according to GSI QA Standards
  • Perform child observations and document in their portfolios
  • Use assessment tools (e.g., Progress Reports, Children’s Progress)

Maintain professional commitment

  • Promote “learning through play” philosophy and educational objectives
  • Support a code of ethical conduct
  • Pursue professional development/continuing education
  • Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time


  • childcare: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (Preferred)


  • CDA: I am currently acquiring this license/certification and it will be complete in the next 30 days (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Other types of insurance
  • Child Care benefits