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Lead Preschool Teacher

The Lead Teacher, under the supervision of the Director and/or Assistant Director, is responsible for developing and implementing a developmentally based, educational program for the assigned class of children, in this case, 4- to 5-year-olds.

Mi Escuelita is a five-star preschool; we are a small but diverse community that has a true family feel. We value diversity and social justice; all of our staff are paid a living wage. We are a non-profit school that is governed by a Board of Directors. More information about Mi Escuelita can be found here.

Primary Duties

  • Develop and implement age-appropriate lesson plans for preschool children

  • Plan and execute educational programs of age-appropriate activities for children in care that familiarize children with Spanish language, and Latin American customs, music, food, traditions, etc.

  • Create a nurturing and stimulating environment to facilitate learning and development

  • Use effective behavior management techniques to promote positive behavior in the classroom

  • Provide physical education activities to promote gross motor skills development

  • Incorporate activities that support childhood development, including cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains

  • Foster literacy education through storytelling, reading, and language activities

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all children in the classroom

  • Collaborate with parents and guardians to support each child's individual needs and progress

  • Maintain accurate records of each child's progress and development

  • Maintain constant supervision of children

  • Observe children for any health problems, notify the director, and follow the program’s procedure to inform families of sickness or injury

  • Take daily attendance and maintain all requirements to keep Mi Escuelita in good standing as a licensed 5-star childcare center

  • Establish and maintain effective communication with families

In addition, the workload includes but is not limited to the following

  • Maintain professional attitudes, a teamwork mindset, and loyalty to the school

  • Build good communications with other staff to create a professional environment

  • Attend pre-service and in-service training as required by the state

  • Attend recommended training, workshops, and conferences that help grow his/her professional development in the field of early childhood and the improvement of early childhood education.

  • Attend training on Spanish immersion educational methods in a majority-English country

  • Observe the center’s discipline policy​


  • Early Childhood Education: 2 years (Preferred)

  • Teaching: 2 years (Preferred)

  • Knowledge of Early Childhood development principles and practices

  • Ability to create engaging and interactive learning experiences for young children

  • Strong communication skills to effectively interact with children, families, and colleagues

  • Patience, empathy, and a genuine love for working with young children


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Associate in Early Childhood Education, or CDA

  • EDU-119 Certification or willing to take the course within the first 6 months of employment.

  • Applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker and have life experience in Latin American culture, such that the applicant is familiar with the customs, music, food, religious and holiday traditions of a Latin American country

  • Applicant must have a minimum of two years of experience working in a licensed, childcare center

  • A current CPR and First Aid certificate within 6 months of employment

  • Applicant must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Additional information:

  • Job Type: Full-time

  • Salary: From $19 per hour

  • Expected hours: No more than 40 hours/week

  • Benefits:

    • 401(k)

    • 401(k) matching

    • Dental Insurance

    • Employee discount

    • Health insurance

    • Paid time off

    • Parental leave

    • Professional development assistance

    • Tuition reimbursement

    • Vision insurance

  • Schedule:

    • 8-hour shift

    • Monday to Friday

  • Language:

    • Spanish (Required)

  • Work Location: In person (Chapel Hill, NC)

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