Colorado Nonprofit Association

Lead Teacher

Job Description

Position: Lead Teacher (3-4-Year Olds)

Reports to: Megan Gallagher, Executive Director; Kat Murphy-Woo, Assistant Director


The Rise School of Denver is an inclusive, non-profit early care and education center that supports young children with and without developmental delays and disabilities and their families. We are looking for a full-time Lead Teacher to join our passionate, expert team beginning July 15, 2024. The Lead Teacher provides a stimulating, safe, and developmentally appropriate educational environment where children with and without disabilities have the opportunity to develop cognitive, social, language, emotional, adaptive, and physical skills. Lead Teachers lead a classroom team that includes a Lead Teacher, teaching assistant and members of the therapy team, with three adults present in the room and no more than 12 students present each day. Lead Teachers are also part of a larger transdisciplinary team that includes therapists, children’s families, and member’s of Rise’s leadership team.

The Rise School is committed to teacher development. Joining the lead teaching team at Rise offers teachers the opportunity to receive practice-based coaching to implement the LEAP Model of Inclusion and Pyramid Model of Social and Emotional Competence. This position also involves joining Rise’s lead teaching team, who engage in group coaching with one another on a regular basis to ensure that every practitioner is fully supported.

Duties and Responsibilities

Important Dates of Employment

August 5th – 9th: Teacher In-Service (Professional Development/Classroom Set-Up)

August 12th – First Day of School for Students and Families

June 27th – Last Day of School Year for Teachers/Staff



Knowledge of young children’s development, the National Association for the Education of Young

Children Developmentally Appropriate Practices for working with all young children, and the Division for

Early Childhood Recommended Practices for working with young children with or at risk for

developmental delays and disabilities.

Required Education