Early Childhood Position Open

Early Childhood Lead Teacher Position for Great Start Program


Scope of Position: We are looking for a teacher that loves children and wants to be part of an exciting new venture.  We are opening a new Great Start Readiness 4 year old Preschool Program with the added value of reaching out to both hearing and deaf/hard of hearing children.  The classroom will include American Sign Language as an opportunity for all children to learn and be ready for a lifetime of learning.

The Great Start Readiness program (GSRP) Pre School Teacher is responsible for all aspects of planning, assessing and instructing 4-year olds, based on the needs of each child and the requirements of the GSRP program. The GSRP Pre School Teacher is also responsible for maintaining program quality and documentation as outlined in the GSRP Implementation Manual, Preschool Program Quality Assessment (“PQA”) and DHS licensing guidelines.


  • Teaching experience with early childhood/preschool children, particularly with at-risk children, particularly deaf or hard of hearing.
  • A completed HighScope Preschool Curriculum Course or equivalent training or experience. It may be possible to be “in process” or a training schedule can be implemented.
  • Introduction to or fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Ideally, to be certified to teach ASL.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid (can be achieved as required).
  • Knowledge of current research on early childhood literacy.
  • Knowledge of the Preschool Program Quality Assessment (PQA) and its relationship to quality experiences for young children.
  • Skill in providing effective learning experiences that foster academic growth in a developmentally appropriate manner.
  • Work effectively, make decisions, and problem solve collaboratively within a team.
  • Work well with diverse families and engage parents as full partners in their child’s learning.
  •  Ability to act as a resource person for families.
  •  Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with students, parents, and teachers.




  •  Implement developmentally-appropriate instruction for children using research-based curriculum
  •  Follow the daily schedule as outlined in the curriculum and GSRP guidelines
  •  Conduct screening and ongoing assessment of children and provide age-appropriate instructional support
  •  Meet with Early Childhood Specialist as needed to ensure quality programming and maintain a high-level PQA rating
  •  Attend staff meetings, workshops, and other scheduled program activities as requested
  •  Consider the associate teacher an essential member of the teaching team
  •  Collaborate with the associate teacher in planning, team meetings, troubleshooting, and decision-making
  •  Empower the associate teacher to monitor behavior and support the educational process in the classroom
  •  Participate in home visits with associate teacher to partner with parents to meet the educational needs of their children
  •  Organize and maintain records for grant and licensing purposes
  •  Create and update anecdotal records and portfolios for each child
  •  Complete required progress reports and other paperwork
  •  Participate in recruitment efforts, including open houses and round-ups, and assist in student selection
  •  Schedule parent/family activities
  •  Able to work flexible hours as needed for family involvement activities, including home visits, recruitment events, open house.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelors or higher in Early Childhood or Childhood Development or related field.
  • Meet all requirements established by the Michigan Department of Human Services.
  • Teaching experience with children, particularly with at-risk children.
  • A completed HighScope Preschool Curriculum Course or equivalent training or experience. It may be possible to be “in process.”


Employment Date: Pending approval and satisfactory completion of pre-employment physical, drug screen and criminal history checks. This program and related positions are conditional upon approval of Child Care Program licensing.

Location: 5323 Southfield Rd., Allen Park, MI 48101

Employment Type: Full time, Non-union, at-will position

Procedure: Please send an email of interest and resume to:

Michele A. Jones

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Mission Festival

St. Lorenz Mission Festival A Success!

This year at the annual mission festival on August 24th there were 40 Deaf people from the surrounding Lutheran Deaf community and a visitor from Wisconsin at Frankenmuth, MI. 

Everyone present enjoyed a signed service and a BBQ lunch with the members of St. Lorenz. 

After the service David Bush from Ft. Wayne, IN hosted a Bible study for the Deaf. 

It was a wonderful opportunity for the people of God to gather together and enjoy the unity of Christ in the Deaf and hearing community. 


Welcome to Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has a long history of meeting the educational and spiritual needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults worldwide. The Michigan District has been a leader in this effort. Highlights include the renown Lutheran School for the Deaf in Detroit, and Our Savior Lutheran Church of the Deaf, one of the Synod's oldest congregations.


Educational and economic factors have changed the face of Deaf mission in the United States. The Detroit Lutheran School for the Deaf closed in the 1980's and many Deaf mission churches in Synod have lost funding. In order to continue bringing Christ to our Lord's Deaf children, the Michigan District of the LCMS urged the formation of the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society which incorporated in late 2003. With God's guidance and blessing, the Society seeks to bring Christ to the Deaf of the 21st Century, so that the words of Psalm 94:14 would be realized: "For the Lord will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage."

New ASL Preschool Set To Open at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church 5323 Southfield Rd. Allen Park, MI 48101

The Great Start Readiness Program funded by the State of Michigan will offer a preschool for children who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing or having parents who wish their preschoolers to acquire American Sign Language.  The program is free of cost to all applicants who qualify according to the state requirements.  Children must be 4 years old by October 1, 2014.  For more information please call Brant Engel 248-980-5741 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

St. Martin Lutheran International Deaf School

St. Martin will be an International Lutheran School that will train the deaf student in biblical truths of Christianity as confessed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The school will be a bilingual/bicultural school for deaf students from all over the world.  The deaf student will become skilled in American Sign Language and written English.  The school will create a challenging and safe learning environment to meet the spiritual, intellectual and social needs of deaf students.  St. Martin will serve any deaf student that wants a Lutheran education. 

The mission of St. Martin is to teach the Lutheran faith to deaf students.  Holy Scriptures tells us "train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6.

Target starting date is TBA

Website:  www.smlid.org


 Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School

13667 West Highland Rd

Hartland, Mi 48353

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