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POSITION TITLE:     Pre-School Language and Culture Teacher
CLASSIFICATION:    Exempt
DEPARTMENT:         Education
SUPERVISOR:          Education Director

GRADE:                     E3
COMPENSATION:  
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Position Summary:

Under general direction of the Language and Culture Program Manager; teaches, organizes and implements a Keres language educational curriculum for, Infants, Pre-K and Head Start children enrolled in the Tamaya Learning Center. This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • •Instructs Pueblo of Santa Ana Infants, Pre-K and Head Start children in the language of Santa Ana Keres.
  • •Participates and organize annual on-site training in; classroom management, curriculum development and lesson planning for Tamayame and or Native American teachers in the Keres language.
  • •Coordinates, collaborates and organizes local Tamayame speaking community resources to support and help the classroom teachers to instruct in the Keres language.
  • •Works with the Tamaya Learning Center Teachers and Head Start teacher(s) in the planning, organization and implementation of activities and lessons in the Keres language for all children enrolled in the Tamaya Learning Center and Head Start Program.
  • •Plans, organizes cultural relevant field trips for the children.
  • •Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • •Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • •Engage children in cultural relevant activities that stimulates their development.
  • •Supervise the teacher assistant in the classroom and ensure that program policy and expectations, are adhered to.
  • •Train teacher assistant in the classroom and direct employee as to what duties need to be carried out throughout the day.
  • •Attend and engage in occasional parent participation events and other events that may be on nights or/or weekends.
  • •Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in education plus three years work experience in teaching the Keres language is required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation including a motor vehicle check. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license and be insurable under the Pueblo’s insurance.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:

  • •Knowledge of applicable; Tribal, federal, and state, local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • •Knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of Santa Ana traditions, language, history, and culture.
  • •Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of training methods, techniques, and formats.
  • •Knowledge of curriculum development and preparation procedures.
  • •Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
  • •Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • •Ability to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training plans, curricula, and methodology.
  • •Ability to interact well with individuals from a wide range of ages and skill levels.
  • •Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • •Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, regulations, and requirements.
  • •Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • •Ability to work independently and meet timelines.
  • •Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in a classroom setting with moderate to loud noise levels and where employee may be exposed to unpleasant odors, hazardous material and infectious disease. There is frequent interaction with children, school staff, the public and Pueblo of Santa Ana employees.