Educators

two little girls and female teacher in kindergartenSmart Start Academy values and takes great pride in their educators. Our teachers are carefully selected based on their education, teaching experience and their passion for teaching. All of our lead teachers must meet or exceed the qualifications set forth by the DCF, in addition to completing extensive training and orientation classes at S.S.A.

Our educators must also undergo an extensive background screening, health screening and attend annual professional development conferences in order to support continuous professional growth and development.

At S.S.A., we strive to train and develop the “whole” teacher. Through training, professional development and mentoring, our teachers are given the tools to successfully teach our students in a positive and nurturing manner.

Together, our highly qualified teachers and directors, create a positive learning environment for our students and families!

Smart Start Academy values and takes great pride in their educators. We realize that they are the heart of the classroom. Our teachers are carefully selected based on their education and teaching experience. However, we know that there is a lot more to being a good teacher than what you see on a resume. During our selection process, we focus on choosing educators who have a passion for teaching and an ability to interact with children in the age groups they will ultimately teach. Not everyone can communicate well with pre-teens in the after school program and toddlers programs.

All of our lead teachers must meet or exceed the qualifications set forth by the DCF. We also require that every teacher completes extensive training and orientation classes at S.S.A. to help them understand our curriculum, expectations, and practices. We have high standards and expect teachers to run the classroom in a way that reflects our mission statement.

Additional requirements that our educators must complete are passing an extensive background screening and a health screening to ensure our student’s safety in every way. Also, every year our teachers are required to attend professional development conferences in order to support continuous professional growth and development. We work to make sure that we have all of the latest information to help nurture and teach our students appropriately.

At our Jersey City Preschool Programs as well as our other programs, teachers are given a lot of freedom within their classrooms to teach the material how they see fit. Howard Gardener’s concept of multiple intelligences is something we strongly believe and ascribe to in our curriculum. Children each have their own way of learning and teachers are encouraged to adapt their lessons accordingly. Play is one of the best ways to teach younger students concepts, but learning should be a fun experience for all students (as well as those who are teaching the material).

Benefiting Our Teachers is a Benefit to Our Students

At S.S.A., we strive to train and develop the “whole” teacher. When our teachers feel like they receive the help that they need, they are better able to do their jobs. Support is best offered through training, professional development and mentoring. These opportunities help to make sure that our teachers are given the tools to successfully teach our students in a positive and nurturing manner.

In each of our programs, the lead teacher directs all the other teachers in the curriculum and school practices. To do this most effectively, trainings are given to help them understand the individual needs of each program. Children who are preparing for kindergarten are going to require a very different kind of care than those enrolled in our infant care. Teachers who are going to help in our daycare after school program must have a certain level of understanding in every subject in order to help students with their homework. There are

A Goal of Cooperative Care

Communication is vital to success at S.S.A. Teachers are encouraged to ask for help if they need it and ask questions. We try hard to involve an entire team to give the best experience to our students. Education and care is at its best when everyone is on the same page. It takes a lot of communication between everyone to make decisions and provide the best quality education to everyone involved. Together, our highly qualified teachers and directors work to create a positive learning environment for our students and families!

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