Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

** This is a temporary grant-funded position through 6/30/2019. **


The Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher UPK will provide high quality and comprehensive child development instruction to children enrolled in the Queens Library UPK program. This position will work in a co-teaching classroom and will report directly to the Coordinator of Early Learning.  The Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher will maintain a relationship with Parents/Guardians to communicate student progress reports. Responsibilities include day-to-day classroom direction and instruction to Teacher's Assistant and substitute Teacher's when needed.

  • Develops engaging lessons based on early childhood program curriculum for children 4 and 5 years of age.
  • Plans and implements all classroom activities and individualized plans in accordance with the program curriculum and UPK Performance Standards with maximum involvement of the Teacher's Assistant.
  • Informs parents of curriculum by preparing and submitting lesson plans; posting schedules and curriculum outlines.
  • Encourages students' participation by providing interactive activities.
  • Plans and provides home-teaching activities to families according to established full day schedules and maintains accurate up-to-date records of student attendance and progress.
  • Encourages parent involvement with the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) when necessary. 
  • Meets with parent/guardian twice a year to discuss the child's IEP and developmental progress. Maintains IEP checklist monthly.
  • Provides a welcoming environment and encourage parent's involvement in the students' development using Library resources.
  • Ensures classrooms are neat and tidy after program on a daily basis.
  • Assists in the maintenance of the safe and healthy conditions in the classroom.
  • Supervises meal times and assist with the distribution and cleanup of snacks.
  • Sets behavioral standards with other staff members and clearly defines them to children and adults.
  • Writes reports and communicate with parents about children's progress.
  • Maintains subjective classroom records for each child monthly and prepares developmental summaries of each child at year-end.
  • Supports the completion of assessments working with the Coordinator of Early Learning and provides feedback on the program.
  • Submits timely record keeping including monthly reports and all other reports as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required.


The Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher must consistently demonstrate the following competencies when performing the above responsibilities, including but not limited to: initiative, flexibility in approaching daily responsibilities, cooperative teamwork, and impacting and influencing children and families in Queens Library communities.


  • A Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field of study required.
  • New York State Education Department teacher certificate in Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 2), (n-6), (Pre-K-6) or a teaching license or certificate for Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2) required.
  • At least 2 years of experience as a lead teacher in a Pre-K classroom required.
  • CPR and First Aid certificates required.
  • Certificate in Infection Control and Prevention (including Blood borne Pathogen training) required.
  • Current Medical and immunization record required.
  • Cleared background checks and fingerprints indicating clearance to work with children required.
  • Food Handling certificate preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience supervising staff is preferred.
  • The ideal candidate must be a dynamic individual that demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) and has a positive and enthusiastic approach to working with children. 
  • Must be proficient MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Must have experience and knowledge of basic social media including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, Pinterest etc.


Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed. Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect's Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).


Please send your resume and cover letter to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference "Lead Pre-K Teacher - QLWEB" in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.

The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.