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Career Story: Director Of A Preschool

Director Of A Preschool

Job Title: Director

Type of Company: Our organization is a non profit nursery school, we provide preschool education and care for children 2.9 years through 5 years old.

Education: BS in education- Framingham State College

Previous Experience: I worked as a teacher, program coordinator

Job Tasks: My job as a director is set up in a way that allows me to job share with two other directors. Together we oversee two preschool programs that provide preschool experiences for 140 children. As a director I work directly with teachers and children helping them with the day to day issues that happen in a typical day. I enjoy serving as a resource person when problems or concerns arise both for teachers and parents. I work closely with parents from the initial marketing of our program to taking perspective families on pre-enrollment tours of our programs. I help with referrals when teachers and parents have concerns about a child's development. As director I am able to plan and implement teacher and parent training opportunities. I am also responsible for some of the business related tasks that must be attended to when you run a business for example billing, payroll, licensing and attending to the ordering of supplies.

The favorite aspect of my job is working directly with young children and helping them grow in their preschool years. Observing them as they learn and grasp new concepts that are the foundation of education. At the end of each day I still love working with young children, teachers and parents.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best aspects of my job for me are working directly with young children. Being able to influence their first experience with school by supporting teachers and their efforts in the classroom. Everyday is a new day filled with funny stories.

The most difficult aspects of my job have to do with the business side of running a business. The billing and having to follow up with people when they do not pay their bills in a timely manner.

Job Tips: My first piece of advice for anyone who might be considering working in preschool administration would be to work in a preschool classroom. Whether you volunteer or work a few hours a week it is important to know if you enjoy working with children of preschool age.

Secondly, get a degree in early childhood education so that you can teach this age group with knowledge of these important developmental years.

Thirdly, get teaching experience before you go for administrative responsibilities. You must have walked in a teacher's shoes before you can serve as a real resource.

Additional Thoughts: If you enjoy working with children please consider the preschool years. It is so rewarding to be able to influence a child in their first experiences and really help build the foundations of learning in a child.

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