What does a Lead Teacher do?

A lead teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of children in their care who are usually toddler and preschool aged children. The primary function of lead teachers is to work with parents, administrators and other teachers to improve students' experience and meet teaching objectives. Additionally, lead teachers plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment of the classroom to create opportunities that meet the changing needs of the developing child. Lead teachers can work at a preschool, daycare center or elementary school.

Almost all lead teachers hold a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field. A valid CPR certification is required along with 2 years' of experience in a teaching capacity and lesson planning. Successful lead teachers are friendly and passionate about child development and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Maintain ongoing, open communication with parents and caregivers
  • Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships with teaching staff
  • Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation
  • Plan periodical parent conferences to discuss children's developmental progress, needs and interests
  • Collaborate with children's families to ensure a smooth transition from home to Child Care setting
  • Create weekly plans and implement an age-appropriate curriculum that nurtures and stimulates all domains of each child's development in their care
  • Provide a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the children's learning and growth
  • Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of children as required
  • 2 years' teaching experience
  • Valid CPR certification
  • Able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Prepared to pass a criminal background check
  • Able to maintain an overall positive and professional disposition
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities
  • Demonstrable record of making decisions on behalf of children with their well-being the top priority

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
4%
2 - 4
86%
5 - 7
0%
8+
10%

Lead Teacher Seniority Levels

L4
Lead Teacher
$35,824/yr
L5
Teacher V
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Instructor
8% made the transition
Language Teacher
10% made the transition
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Lead Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,824 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$22K
Median: $36K
$58K
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