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Early Childhood Substitute Teachers - PRN

Job ID
1st Shift
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Upbring School in Houston, TX is seeking substitute teachers and teacher's aides to provide assistance as-needed in our stimulating and nurturing learning environments for our preschool children aged infant to 5 years.  Our Early Childhood Substitute Teachers will be called upon to facilitiate the continuum of developmentally appropriate acheivement for our children.   


Why should you join Upbring?


Why work at Upbring? It’s quite simple – when you go to work surrounded by people just as passionate as you, it doesn’t feel like work.


At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cherished. Inspired by faith, we are both warriors and servants for children and families. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. And as we accomplish this mission, we have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services but the way Texas treats children.


The children we serve have dreams, talent and so much potential – but they need dedicated, skillful and compassionate individuals to help them succeed. Our employees are champions for Texas children who give their all to create brighter futures. When you work at Upbring, you’re not just collecting a paycheck; you’re playing a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse.


Upbring offers an environment of growth from within, collaboration, innovation and ongoing training to bring you to the next level.


Essential Duties

  • Delivers all learning experiences that teach/lead students into a growing relationship with Christ and assists students to achieve their potential
  • Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values
  • Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures, and directives governing the operation of the school
  • Keep students, parents, and the administration adequately informed of progress or deficiencies and give sufficient notice of failure
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters
  • Recognize the need for good public relations and represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration
  • Deliver center-based daily lessons written by the classroom teacher
  • Maintain a positive, age appropriate and structured learning environment to ensure students achieve academic excellence
  • Maintain a clean and attractive classroom environment
  • Maintain accurate and complete records, including but not limited to: attendance, behavior, student achievement, data, grades, progress reports, parent communication, textbooks, etc.
  • Supervise extra-curricular activities, organizations, and outings as assigned
  • Utilize educational opportunities and evaluation processes for professional growth
  • Provide input and constructive recommendations for administrative and managerial functions in the school
  • Support the broader program of the school by attending extra-curricular activities when possible
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned 

Working Relationships

  • Collaborate with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, and safe environment across the entire school.
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication, providing accessibility to students and families beyond the course of the typical school day.
  • Work as a team player exhibiting professional behavior and a positive attitude with leadership, staff, the church, volunteers, children, and families that reflects positively on the school and is consistent with school policies, practices, and code of ethics


Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education – OR – current CDA Certification
  • 2 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum with emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members and ability to interact and communicate professionally with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects and meeting deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication; able to produce quality well-written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Ability to work independently and within a team; ability to take initiative with limited supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education
  • 3 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and conversational, based on service area and service population)
  • Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church
  • LCMS qualification by Lutheran Teacher Diploma or Colloquy
  • CPR/First Aid Certification

Career Progression

This position is eligible to move into full-time Early Childhood Aide or Teacher roles when positions are available, the employee meets the minimum qualifications, the promotion/transfer eligibility guidelines are met, and the employee is not on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).


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