Meet our 2022 Salute to Excellence Finalists!

High Hopes Development Center


High Hopes Development Center


Job Summary

  • Assume direct responsibility and primary care of each student in the classroom, specifically in the lead teacher’s absence
  • Maintain an environment consistent with Dept of Education child care licensure rules, including a safe and clean environment for children (utilizing all infection control techniques)
  • Provide an appropriate example, guidance and assistance for other co-teachers, floaters and visitors to your classroom
  • Work with lead teacher, parents and applicable therapists to implement an Individualized Preschool Plan (IPP), including developmentally appropriate goals for students receiving therapy services or with developmental delays
  •  Assist lead teacher in developing lesson plans and units incorporating the needs of each child with and without special needs according to the applicable Individualized Preschool Plans and High Hopes’ curriculum guide and aligning them with the TN Early Learning Developmental Standards
  • Complete all forms/paperwork (including but not limited to: accident report, incident report, permission to medicate, etc.), and maintain signatures and filing weekly
  • Share information and delegate responsibilities regarding student care and daily classroom chores with floaters/substitutes who assume care for your students and classroom
  • Work professionally as a team with lead teacher, floaters, therapists, or any other professional working with students in your care by providing information and modeling best practices
  • Establish and maintain professional communication with coworkers, supervisors, parents, therapists and other agencies serving the student, communicating with families, co-workers and visitors in a professional, positive and consistent manner
  • Read and update student files monthly, ensuring all required information is present and updated, as requested by the lead teacher
  • Serve as an ambassador for and representative of High Hopes to families, other professionals and the community
  • Provide a safe classroom environment conducive to learning and playing, consistent with High Hopes’ mission and philosophy
  • Continue professional growth and attend scheduled in-services and teacher meetings
  • Assist Director of Educational Services in selecting materials for classroom, in resolving problems of students in the program, and in training new teachers, teacher assistants, floaters and/or volunteers within our program specifically those in your classroom
  • Become familiar with students in other classrooms, in the event it is necessary to provide coverage where and when needed
  • Develop materials as needed for each child’s special needs
  • Provide appropriate physical care to the students as needed including, but not limited to: diaper changing, feeding, administering required medication
  • Maintain daily notes on each child, providing details on each child’s day
  • Attend and participate in IFSP meetings and/or IEP/IPP meetings with representatives of other agencies, when invited and requested by your supervisor
  • Actively participate in fundraising efforts and attend fundraisers and High Hopes events
  • Maintain current CPR certification and first aid training
  • Obtain TB testing every three years.
  • Demonstrate, through actions and words, compassion, empathy, care and respect for each student in our program
  • Comply with HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Abide by High Hopes’ standards of conduct, as outlined in the Employee Handbook

Job Responsibilities

  • Arrive on time for work or contact the Director of Educational Services when delayed
  • Work assigned number of hours each day
  • Be reliable in attendance and give ample notice for absences
  • Come to work with a positive attitude
  • Approach criticism with a learning attitude
  • Communicate directly and avoid gossip
  • Be flexible
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Show initiative in problem solving and be open to new ideas
  • Resolve issues and conflicts within classroom team as a unit; if resolution is not accomplished, schedule a meeting of all parties with Director of Educational Services for further discussion
  • Approach challenges with imagination and a sense of humor
  • Create a welcoming, positive environment school-wide by:
  1.     Being actively engaged with children
  2.     Speaking to children at eye level
  3.     Being friendly and warm with parents, children, and other staff members
  4.     Using appropriate words, voice, and tone
  5.     Encouraging children’s independence and self-help skills
  • Complete 20 hours of relevant training each year/Seek out training opportunities in addition to those offered at High Hopes
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in activities that will benefit the entire teaching staff


1.  High School Diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

2.  Experience with young children with and without special needs.

3.  U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States.

4.  Hold a valid TN drivers license.

Additional Information


  • 16 Paid Holidays—7 National Holidays and 9 Seasonal Breaks
  • PTO (paid time off)- All exempt and non-exempt associates working more than 30 hours per week on a regular and consistent basis are eligible for PTO accrual. PTO is used as needed for sick and/or vacation leave.
  • Insurance Provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield—Medical ($315 paid by High Hopes), Dental ($15 paid by High Hopes) and Vision (at employee expense).  Supplemental insurance is offered through AFLAC at employee’s expense. 
  • 401k Provided by American Funds– High Hopes does not match employee contributions.  May contribute before tax and after tax Roth. 

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Sarah Roelke at


  • Date Posted: June 2, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk