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Certified Prek Teacher for 2017-2018 School Year - Memphis
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Teachers at Porter-Leath have a desire to make a difference in children's lives and want to see their students achieve great things. They are confident in their abilities as educators, using creative and cutting-edge techniques in the classroom. Our teachers appreciate having access to agency leadership so they can shape classroom and organization policy.

We value our teachers and their commitment to providing innovative lessons and exceptional learning environments. Our teachers never have to pay for any classroom supplies or materials.

Our teachers:

  • Enjoy continuous improvement and regularly engage professional development opportunities
  • Create developmentally-appropriate lesson plans, activities, and practices in a variety of areas
  • Implement curricula and best practices according to the standards that govern our programs
  • Are committed to data-driven education
  • Tailor instruction to meet individual needs and, if required, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Carefully monitor student behavior
  • Demonstrate appropriate social skills

Our Certified Teachers collaborate with Pre-K Site Managers to guide the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of each child to ensure readiness for kindergarten and future educational success.

About Porter-Leath

We believe good teachers are the foundation of healthy, vibrant communities:

  • Student achievement is accomplished when caregivers and teachers share a goal of student progress
  • Parents and teachers work cooperatively to communicate expectations and reinforce educational goals in the home
  • Teachers appropriately intervene to meet the needs of children and their families

For more than 160 years, Porter-Leath has been dedicated to helping vulnerable children within the Memphis area. We continue to support children and their families through multiple programs, including foster care placement, parent education, a residential facility, and early childhood education programs.

Porter-Leath is accredited by the Council of Accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to best practices standards across our agency. Additionally, our Early Head Start and Head Start programs boast NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation, which requires our programs to set and maintain high standards.


At Porter-Leath, our commitment to our employees rivals our commitment to the children and families we serve. Our comprehensive benefits package aims to meet the needs of every employee and includes the following:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Life insurance (2 x salary) and voluntary life insurance for employee and family
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans
  • Credit union
  • Generous paid leave time and holidays
  • Employee referral program
  • Continuous professional development and recognition programs
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Employee friendly policies
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Professional corporate culture
  • Competitive compensation

Essential Job Functions:

Performs daily activities of enrichment according to the standards set forth by NAEYC, Tennessee Board of Education, Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Child Care Licensing and Porter-Leath. Implements Pre-K curriculum according to the daily lesson plans in an effort to prepare children for Kindergarten success.   Plans activities that are developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Common Core Standards. Administers screenings and assessment to determine student's developmental progress and develop individualized goals. Builds a collaborative partnership with parents and/or legal guardians for the purpose of communicating expectations; student's achievements; developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment through regular parent-teacher conferences and other activities.   Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration. Adapts classroom work for assigned 4 and 5 year old students for the purpose of providing students with instructional support that address individualized learning plans within established lesson plans. Collaborates with instructional staff, other school personnel, parents and a variety of community resources for the purpose of improving the overall quality of student outcomes, achieving established classroom objectives. Demonstrates methods required to perform classroom and/or subject specific assignments for the purpose of providing an effective program that addresses individual student achievements. Directs assistant teachers, student teachers, and volunteers for creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Facilitates student's learning (e.g. art, science, music, housekeeping, story time, movement activities, etc.) for the purpose of improving the student's academic success and transition to kindergarten. Collaborates with staff to implement parental engagement activities (e.g. orientation, small group discussions, parent meetings, parent-teacher conferences, etc.) for the purpose of encouraging parent involvement and providing leadership to the program. Manages student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment. Reports incidents and accidents in a timely manner as required by Porter-Leath and Tennessee licensing entities. Models conversation, manners, clean-up activities, listening skills, etc. for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social and interpersonal behavior. Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment. Organizes age appropriate indoor and outdoor activities. Works cooperatively with other staff members in creating a positive environment for children, families and staff. Implements goals from students Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and familiarize self with activities to help students develop. Implements family style dining practices and adhere to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Health Dept. requirements that includes meal service times, meal and attendance documentation, required food portions, etc. Prepares a variety of written materials for the purpose of documenting student progress and meeting mandated requirements; maintains appropriate records of attendance, meal counts, individualized and classroom lesson plans, etc. necessary to produce required outcomes/reports. Actively participates in all professional development opportunities. Meets requirements of Pre-K license under the Tennessee Department of Education. Communicates with nutrition staff, Family Service Case Manager, and/or Program Manager/Supervisor in order to fulfill nutritional requirements for students. Keeps supervisor informed of programmatic issues in a timely and concise manner. Contributes to team effort by performing other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, teachers are required to remain stationary as well as move about the classroom and school building in order to aid, supervise, and escort students during their daily activities. Teachers must be able to manipulate and use classroom materials as well as position objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Teachers must be able to distinguish colors and see up-close. Teachers work in a non-smoking environment.

Special Conditions

Maintain a valid driver's license with a good driving record with appropriate level of insurance.

NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field
  • Tennessee Teacher's License or transitional license with Pre-K endorsement 467 or 403
  • Two (2) years of relevant work experience with children four (4) to five (5) years of age.
  • CPR and First Aid training

Please go to Porter-Leath's career website at www.porterleath.org/careers create your profile and apply today!