Preschool Lead Teacher - Marcus Autism Center

Requisition #:  24284     
Name of Location:   Marcus Autism Center
Work Schedule:  Day
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Work Days:  Monday - Friday 


Serve as the Lead Teacher of an integrated preschool classroom for 2- to 5-year-old children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Supported by the preschool’s executive directors, assisted by two assistant teachers, and in consultation with therapists with training in Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis, the Lead Teacher will help create an inclusive learning environment that enables children with ASD to be productive, socially connected, and emotionally engaged, and provides all students (with or without ASD) with a stimulating learning environment where children are challenged to engage with the world they live in, and learn to approach each other with empathy and care.


  • A four-year degree in the early care education field (e.g., Bachelor’s Degree in [1] Early Childhood Education, [2] Child Development, or [3] an unrelated field paired with specialized training in Early Childhood Education)


  • No professional certifications required


  • Two years of experience teaching young children birth to age 5, preferably in an inclusive setting supporting diverse learners


  • Experience teaching students with ASD
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) teaching certificate
  • Master’s Degree in the Early care/Early Education field or a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education


  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate classroom procedures for young children birth to age 5, including positive behavioral support strategies
  • Conceptual understanding of the GELDS standards, and experience using these standards to specify learning outcomes
  • Ability to collaborate with and provide mentorship to Assistant Teachers
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and classroom management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment


  1. Refine and implement a curriculum focused on social interaction and play.
  2. Develop and implement accommodations that allow all children to participate in all classroom activities.
  3. Provide supervision, mentorship, and assistance to other preschool staff and participate appropriately in ongoing departmental and institute meetings and training activities.
  4. Engage children’s families through classroom volunteer opportunities, parent-teacher conferences, and parent education sessions.
  5. Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members in an organized and flexible manner and work effectively with other preschool staff in efforts to refine the classroom curriculum and develop adaptations for individual students.
  6. Document and maintain updated student information in the preschool data management system to record assessments, progress reports, and services provided to meet student objectives.
  7. Provide information to the educational support teams regarding students’ educational progress/ needs, and available school and community services.
  8. Assist Supervisor and/or Manager with development of staff by: being available to teammates, acting as a resource to help complete complicated/complex tasks, providing on the job training to team, and seeking out opportunities to become actively involved in staff workflow and development.
  9. Provide Supervisor and/or Manager feedback on staff performance, educational needs, and workflow status.


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


Ability to lift up to 40 lbs independently and greater than 40 lbs with assistance

Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.

Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Standing - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)

Walking - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)


Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids



Location Address:  1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Professional - Family Support Services



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Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
Full time
Atlanta, Georgia 30329, US