Teacher - HS Academy

Porter-Leath Memphis, TN
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.

Our teachers:

* Enjoy continuous improvement and regularly engage in 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 Teachers collaborate with the Site Manager to guide the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of each child to ensure readiness for kindergarten and future educational success.


* Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required

* Two (2) years of relevant work experience with children age three (3) to five (5)

* CPR and First Aid certification is preferred

About Porter-Leath

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

* Parental leave

* 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:

* Perform according to the standards set forth by Head Start, the NAEYC, CWLA, Tennessee Day Care Licensing and Porter-Leath.

* Assume responsibilities as the primary caregiver for one group of children that includes children with special needs.

* Plans daily activities of enrichment and care for one classroom of children according to the standards set forth by Head Start, the NAEYC, CWLA, Tennessee Day Care Licensing and Porter-Leath standards.

* Work cooperatively with the Education Specialist, Lead Teacher and others to provide leadership to staff.

* Cooperatively work with other staff members in creating a positive environment for children, families and staff.

* Assist in maintaining appropriate records of attendance, meal counts, etc. necessary to produce reports.

* Assist in developing, implementing and monitoring a coordinated plan of care for each family. Act as mentor to families of children in group.

* Support and teach good parenting practices.

* Conduct regular home visits and parent conferences with families.

* Keep Supervisor informed of programmatic issues in a timely and concise manner.

* Conduct ongoing child evaluations.

* Contribute to team effort by performing other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger/handle/feel. Occasionally required to stand and walk. 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 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. Rev. 1/2018