Lead Teacher


The Trails School for Early Learning is seeking an Early Childhood Lead Teacher to work with toddlers (ages 15-24 months) who can passionately support young children’s play, exploration, inquiry, and creative/critical thinking, while working collaboratively to provide the highest quality childcare to our families. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for setting and maintaining the physical environment of the classroom, planning an exciting and dynamic curriculum and working collaboratively with Co-Teachers and coaching Assistant Teachers.

The Trails School is a year-round program with faculty working between the hours of 7:30am-6:00pm. Full-time faculty work 40 hours per week with shifts and breaks coordinated with the Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure that classroom environment and procedures meet DCFS standards

  • Model developmentally appropriate and professional early childhood teaching practices and set a positive, fun and collaborative tone for the classroom

  • Communicate effectively and openly with parents, administration and colleagues and develop mutually supportive relationships

  • Coach Assistant Teacher by providing feedback, delegating responsibilities and supporting Assistant Teacher’s professional growth

  • Provide nurturing, sensitive and individualized care to children and create an inviting classroom environment (i.e. diaper changing, supporting family style eating, keeping the classroom clean and tidy)

  • Create an effective environment for learning through daily provocations, invitations and intentional presentation of materials

  • Collaborate with classroom team to develop large and small group investigations arising out of thoughtful reflection of children’s interest and promote opportunities for creative thinking, skill-building, playful experiences, and meaningful relationships

  • Advocate for the learning, theories and ideas of young children and yourself as a teacher through documentation, display and presentation in daily photo posts, a weekly blog and in children’s portfolios

  • Support and model positive discipline

  • Participate in reflective supervision and incorporate feedback into teaching practice

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice, and take initiative to seek out professional articles and training opportunities to build on knowledge

  • Participate in all school activities, including professional development, staff meetings and events, social events, special projects, field trips, and class celebrations

Employment Qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in early childhood education or child development. A Master’s Degree or working toward a Master’s preferred. CPR/First Aid certified. Familiarity with an emergent curriculum and relationship-based early childhood programs is desired. A commitment to securing continuing education related to employment at Trails is required.


A minimum of one year working with young children in a school or child care setting is required.

To apply for a position, click below and send your cover letter, resume and unofficial college transcripts to the Director, Jessica Horak.
No phone inquiries, please.