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Early Childhood Teacher - Life Central Church

Company: Lionheart Children's Academy
Location: Plano
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:


At Lionheart, your work matters!

You are here with a calling and you are on a mission with us.


We are Christ followers passionate about reaching children and families with the Gospel, and out of our calling flows these.

--- Intentional Relationships - We focus on cultivating relationships and encouraging others

--- Tenacity - We are brave, resilient, and work with all our heart

--- Heart to Serve - We joyfully serve others with humility and strength


To see children and families transformed by the Gospel through Christ-centered child care centers across the country.


To partner with local churches to operate quality Christian preschool, after-school, and summer programs to reach unchurched children and their families.


--- Personal and Family Wellbeing - Our Total Rewards and Compensation program demonstrates our commitment to support the health and well-being of all our team members.

--- Spiritual Community- Leaders committed to your spiritual growth

--- Personal & Professional Development - Financial Peace University, RightNow Media, and more!

--- Flourishing Culture - Annually certified Best Christian Workplace since 2015



--- Valuable, low-cost, low-deductible medical plan

--- Vision, dental, and disability insurance

--- Employee Assistance Program for mental health

--- Tuition Discounts


--- Retirements saving with matching 403b plan

--- Competitive PTO, even for part-time staff

--- Annual employee wellness benefits

--- Financial Peace University classes to grow in money management


--- Continuing education credits

--- Bi-annual In-Service + monthly staff development

--- Career growth opportunities

--- RightNow Media subscription to stream 20,000+ videos for spiritual, personal, and leadership development

... and a lot more!

A Teacher has the primary responsibility for planning, organizing, and carrying out the selected developmental and spiritual programs for their classroom of children. The Teacher reports directly to the Academy Director.

Position Overview

Job Title: Early Childhood Teacher

Reports To: Academy Director

Compensation: $15.00 - 18.00 per hour (based on Experience and Education)

Requirements: Criminal Background Check required

Start Date: ASAP

Classroom Tasks

  • Planning, supervising, and implementing the programs for the class in accordance with the Academy Director and curriculum coordinator.
  • Maintaining an age-appropriate classroom learning environment, as required by the Academy Director.
  • Independence in assuming responsibility for the efficient and satisfactory arrangement of interest areas, rooms, storage, and outdoor area; and the adjustment of temperature, light, and ventilation in the assigned classroom.
  • Supervising children by sight and sound at all times.
  • Guiding children towards desirable habits in eating, sleeping, personal hygiene, social development, emotional stability, self-dependence, self-control, and respect for authority.
  • Creating a warm and accepting environment for all children, families, visitors, and potential customers. Maintaining ongoing communication with families that includes knowing their names and addressing each person by name every day.
  • Recognizing the individuality of each child and planning the program to assure each child's success. Demonstrating and teaching respect for diversity among children and adults.
  • Understanding the process of child development and relating that understanding to teaching.
  • Showing awareness of progress or lack of it in a child's behavior, being alert to the total group even when dealing with a part of it.
  • Encouraging and guiding the expression of feelings, being a good listener, and assisting children in gaining confidence.
  • Guiding children in developing skills across all learning domains by teaching specific skills and giving children time to explore a variety of creative materials throughout each day.
  • Assisting children in problem-solving and guiding them through conflicts by teaching and modeling positive conflict resolution skills.
  • Assessing and observing children and using these observations to plan effective learning opportunities for each individual class and for the entire group.
  • Making proper requests, in a timely manner, for materials and supplies to facilitate the operation of classroom activities.

    Academy Tasks
    • Assuming an equal share of the joint housekeeping responsibilities of the staff and maintaining cleanliness of the individual classroom at all times.
    • Attending all staff meetings, training sessions, staff work days, parent conferences, parent open houses, graduation programs, and other special functions as scheduled by the Academy Director.
    • Maintaining current First-Aid and CPR certification during employment (this is a job requirement). Attending training seminars to aid in development of job skills and increase potential for growth. Participating in an academy training event as a facilitator or co-facilitator bi-annually.
    • Participating in the larger early childhood community through attendance at conferences, volunteer service, and keeping a current membership in a local, state, or national early childhood organization.
    • Maintaining a thorough knowledge and close adherence to the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers, NAC accreditation standards, and the operating policies of Lionheart Children's Academy.

      Background, Experience and Education
      • At least 18 years of age and high school diploma or GED certificate required.
      • Early education BA, AA or CDA highly preferred for Teacher position.
      • Previous experience in a state licensed facility OR 24 hours of documented pre-service training required for a Teacher position.
      • Children's ministry experience is a plus.

        Critical Gifts
        • Spiritual maturity - committed and passionate follower of Jesus Christ
        • Desire to reach children and parents for Christ.
        • Friendliness and a warmth towards people
        • Dependability and self-confidence
        • Enthusiasm for teaching
        • Desire to growth and learn personally and professionally
        • Comfortable having spiritual conversations with children and adults
        • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
        • An ability to evaluate self
        • A clear and well-modulated voice
        • Self-starter
        • Personal appearance that is neat and suitable for working with young children

          Essential Job Functions - All staff in supervision of children must be:
          • Able to see, hear and respond to children's needs, emergencies and conflicts that might occur in a classroom, on playground, in bathrooms, and in common areas.
          • Able to lift 35-50 pounds from the floor to a waist high table 10-15 times daily.
          • Able to reach a child 20-30 feet away within 30 seconds without danger to the employee's health.
          • Able to crouch to a child's height, maintain eye contact at the child's level, sit on the floor, and stand tall enough to reach children on the highest piece of equipment.
          • Able to determine cognitive, social and physical needs of children and communicate in writing and verbally in the English language at a level that 90-95% of parents and other staff are able to understand and respond to.
          • Able to handle the stress, tension and exasperation that daily contact with many children and parents might bring.

            Thank you for your interest in joining the Lionheart Children's Academy team. We look forward to learning more about you.

            "But Jesus called the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 (NIV)


            Talent Acquisition Team

            The Lionheart Children's Academy

Keywords: Lionheart Children's Academy, Plano , Early Childhood Teacher - Life Central Church, Education / Teaching , Plano, Texas

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