What does a Kindergarten Teacher do?

A Kindergarten Teacher will create a supporting learning environment that fosters basic social skills and beginning reading and mathematics understanding. You will use varied pedagogical strategies in the delivery of your lesson plans which are rooted in the state approved curriculum.

The ideal candidate for a Kindergarten Teacher will be an empathetic and caring individual who hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with the appropriate state teaching credential and can pass a drug screen and background check. You may have no experience or up to 5 years of experience in a similar role to be considered as a Kindergarten Teacher in this district.

What responsibilities are common for Kindergarten Teacher jobs?
  • Follow state approved curriculum
  • Design lesson plans to maximize learning potential of students
  • Set a positive learning environment
  • Provide age appropriate activities to develop students fine motor skills
  • Complete report cards and hold parent teacher conferences
  • Encourage productive play
  • Partner with parents to help students achieve development objectives
  • Model reading picture books and assist with phonetic development
What are the typical qualifications for Kindergarten Teacher jobs?
  • Appropriate teaching credential as designated by the state
  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
  • 0-5 years of experience in a similar role
  • Empathetic and caring individual who enjoys teaching young children
  • Extended periods of time sitting on the floor
  • Great customer service skills to communicate effectively with parents
  • Must attend professional development sessions
  • Ability to prepare age appropriate lesson plans
  • Possess the ability to be a good role model.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Kindergarten Teacher make near United States?

$58,437 /yr
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Kindergarten Teacher Career Path

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Lake County School DistrictLake County School District
Teacher, Kindergarten
Feb 17, 2023

“political issues feel personal.”

DaVinci Academy of Silicon Valley
Kindergarten Teacher
May 7, 2022

“Everyone is really kind and understanding.”

Palm Beach County School DistrictPalm Beach County School District
Teacher, Kindergarten
Apr 24, 2023

“The commute was too far and little to no career growth opportunities.”

National Heritage AcademiesNational Heritage Academies
Teacher, Kindergarten
Nov 23, 2023

“The pay is good compared to other schools I have worked for”

Summer Academy
Kindergarten Teacher
Aug 4, 2023

“Great team to work with”

Ghana Education ServiceGhana Education Service
Teacher, Kindergarten
Jun 23, 2023

“Helping people find job to attain greater height”

Vaughn Next Century Learning CenterVaughn Next Century Learning Center
Intervention Teacher
Feb 5, 2023

“Great team to work with”

Delhi Public School BangaloreDelhi Public School Bangalore
Kindergarten Teacher
May 29, 2023

“work life balance is good”

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