*There are currently 6 opening for this position

Job Summary

Under the direction of the HS Site Manager, the Assistant Teacher will assist/aid classroom teachers in their shared mission to improve the quality of education offered to Porter-Leath’s Head Start students, assist the nutrition staff with preparing high-quality meals for students, and relieve teachers during periods of absence and during breaks


  • HSD/GED and CDA is required.
  • Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field is preferred.
  • Two (2) years of relevant work experience with infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers is required.
  • Previous Head Start experience preferred
  • Two (2) years of relevant work experience with infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers is required.
  • CPR and First Aid certification is preferred.
  • Experience working in non-profit is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not include any supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Performs according to the standards set forth by Head Start, the NAEYC, CACFP, USDA, Tennessee Day Care Licensing and Porter-Leath while performing duties within the kitchen and classroom.
  2. Provides classroom coverage for Teachers and Assistant Teachers when they are absent or out of the classroom; Assume responsibilities as the primary caregiver for one group of children for Teachers / Assistant Teachers, including children with special needs when assigned.
  3. Performs duties as a role model to clients and staff; act as mentor to families of children in group.
  4. Keeps Supervisor and Manager informed of programmatic issues in a timely and concise manner, within 24 hours.
  5. Works cooperatively with other staff to create a positive, enriching and safe environment for children, families and staff.
  6. Assists program staff in delivering appropriate health, nutrition, disability, education, and family support services to children and families in accordance with program policies, procedures, and service plans.
  7. Assists in implementing daily education procedures in the classroom while adhering to best practices; assists in ensuring that children are involved in activities suited to their immediate emotional, social, intellectual, and physical needs; provides ample activity options to children.
  8. Ensures communication with nutrition staff, health/disability/nutrition staff, and education staff in order to fulfill special diet needs.
  9. Assists in the preparation and serving of meals to prep and serve meals in quantities according to menu and number of persons to be served making appropriate substitutions when necessary in accordance with USDA recommended daily dietary allowances and family-style dining requirements; comply with all Health department and Porter-Leath requirements regarding food preparation, food storage, cleanliness, and kitchen sanitation.
  10. Assists in maintaining appropriate records of attendance, meal counts, etc. necessary to produce reports.
  11. Conduct regular home visits and parent conferences with families.
  12. Assists with and conducts ongoing child evaluations.
  13. Contributes to team effort by performing other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and color vision.  Work in a non-smoking area.

Special Conditions

Maintain a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and an appropriate level of insurance. Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid training/certification within 90 days of employment.