Lead Teacher

As the Lead Teacher, you will play a crucial role in planning, organizing, and supervising all student programs and activities within the preschool. Your responsibilities will include overseeing classroom staff, training, evaluating, and delegating tasks to Teacher’s Assistants and/or Teacher’s Aides. Additionally, you will serve as the primary point of contact with the State Child Care Licensing Agency, being designated as the “Licensing Facility Administrator” when addressing licensing matters.

The ideal Lead Teacher must possess the necessary educational qualifications and demonstrate dependability, confidentiality, and responsibility. Creating a happy and cheerful atmosphere in the classroom and while representing the preschool in the community is essential.

This is a year round full-time position aligned with the Haines Borough School District schedule, including additional responsibilities during Summer Camp Sessions in June and July.

Starting wage of $22-26/hr. DOE

Key Duties:

  • Attend parent meetings and board meetings as requested by the Board President.

  • Regularly communicate with parents, addressing any improvements or concerns regarding their child.

  • Oversee the performance of Assistant Teachers and/or Teacher’s Aides, conducting yearly evaluations and reporting concerns to the Board of Directors.

  • Participate in long-range planning sessions with the board, Office Manager, and parents.

  • Work collaboratively with the Office Manager, including ordering supplies and materials for the classroom.

  • Address State Child Care Licensing concerns in cooperation with the Office Manager and the State to maintain compliance.

  • Conduct weekly 1-hour meetings with Teacher Assistants and Teacher Aides to plan and discuss classroom activities and any child concerns.

  • Train new staff and volunteers.

  • Organize a monthly activity between seniors and preschool students.

  • Collaborate with the local school district on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or special plans for students (e.g., behavior plans).

  • Actively pursue opportunities for professional development.

  • Supervise and assist with set up and clean up before and after school, greeting children and parents at the beginning and end of the school day.

  • Organize the graduation for the end-of-school-year potluck.


  1. Current CPR and First Aid Certificates (CVP will cover costs after the first year).

  2. Current negative TB test (CVP will cover costs after the first year).

  3. At least 18 years old.

  4. Current CDA certification or degree/credits in Early Childhood Development.

Passion for children and early education is a must! If you are a detail-oriented, proactive individual with a commitment to supporting early childhood education, we encourage you to apply! Please email your resume to cvpreschool@aptalaska.net.

Chilkat Valley Preschool is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.