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1. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Preschool Director?
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Preschool and childcare center directors direct and lead staffs, oversee daily activities, and prepare plans and budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their center?s program.
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How do you stay current on new children's activities, and teaching techniques?
 
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I proactively attend training seminars and research new ideas on a frequent basis.
 
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By being attuned to children's needs and interest's. I also am aiming to finish my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood in 2017. Studying and researching also helps keep my teaching techniques new and fresh.
 
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What have you found to be the best way to monitor the performance of your work and/or the work of others?
 
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Keeping lists. Asking for feedback, and frequently touching base with team members.
 
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How do you deal with difficult parents?
 
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I find it is best to find a way to get on the same team. Ultimately, we both want what is best for the child, so that is our common ground. It depends on the issue of course, but I have found that being kind, respectful and firm have been quite successful.
 
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By listening, empathizing, and coming to a mutually beneficial solution as quickly as I can. I find most people really want to feel heard and understood above all, it will diffuse most intense situations.
 
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Tell me about your education.
 
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I graduated high school in 1985, then I went to Santa Monica College to study business and accounting. I stopped a couple classes shy of my associates degree when I was pregnant with my first child.
 
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What qualifies you for this position?
 
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I have a background in teaching as well as many administrative positions. I am confident that once I see the operations of this school I will be an asset to maintain and grow this team.
 
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I have met the state requirements for a director in colorado.
 
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As a teacher, what activities did you create or implement that saw the most improvement out of your children?
 
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I created and implemented an entire class routine based on the company curriculum and the national excellerate program. My routine optimizes ratings and scores, minimizes behavioral issues, and engages the children's interests in constructive and inspirational ways.
 
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The activities that they are involved in are the ones that I see the children get the most out of. Also if the activity is interesting to the child, if they are part of the activity they feel a sense of belonging.
 
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Describe to me your passion for children.
 
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I am passionate about helping each child learn as much as possible without ever having to stop being a kid. I strongly believe in play-based learning, fostering independence, and maintaining consistent boundaries and expectations. I love helping children become stronger individuals while having a great time simultaneously.
 
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My passion for children is that they can be provided with love and support through every area of their life. I want children to feel a sense of belonging and help them to achieve their goals.
 
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As the director of our facility, how important is a child's safety and what measures would you take to ensure parents that their children are being left and watched in great care?
 
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Child's safety is a number one priority. As an educator it is our duty of care to provide a safe environment for children.
 
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The safety of every child in our care is paramount. The most important measure that can be taken is open and proper communication. Poor communication instills doubt, fear, and failure. I have many strong ideas on how to optimize our staff and center's communication skills as effectively and efficiently as possible, and even open more methods of communication throughout the day.
 
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Share an example of when you accomplished a goal that was personally challenging.
 
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I accomplished my certificate 3 in early childhood and my diploma in early childhood while working full time. It was challenging in the sense that I had a huge responsibility in the centre and also alot of work to do outside of the centre.
 
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Establishing consistency while working with four different co-teachers in less than a year was personally challenging, to say the least, but I did it. I am proud of the classroom I have been shaping this past year, and I think I can do the same thing for the center as a whole.
 
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How would others describe you?
 
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Calm, friendly, efficient, creative, happy.
 
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A hard worker, passionate, fun to work with, a problem solver.
 
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What do you enjoy most about being a preschool director?
 
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Knowing that I can be the one who brightens a kids, or parents day... Getting to work with a great staff who are making a difference.
 
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The pride of being able to provide a nurturing learning environment for children, families, and teachers. It's rewarding to watch the program succeed and be part of the team. I was once in the shoes of a teacher and to be able to now be a director makes me feel very honored. I believe that programs need to have administration that has a love for children and fostering their educational success.
 
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How do you evaluate the productivity of your staff?
 
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I ask that my staff rise to the occasion to satisfy the needs of their classroom, the families they serve, and the company as a whole. I will evaluate negatively if any of these criteria suffer, or if a person's attitude is poor.
 
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I evaluate the productivity of my staff by observing, listening, encouraging and communicating with them.
 
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Tell me about the last time you oversaw the work of someone else. How did you effectively motivate, develop, and direct the worker?
 
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The last time I oversaw the work of someone else was towards the end of my service working on budgets and motivated co-workers by saying great job and delegating parts of task only and working as a team.
 
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I think the best policy is to lead by example keeping an open mind and being level headed.
 
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Provide an experience that demonstrates your ability to manage time effectively.
 
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I have worked many jobs where time management was a crucial and constant factor. I used to deliver newspapers on a deadline. I had to create and execute the most time-efficient routes possible. Managing evening operations at a childcare center while preparing and serving meals took tremendous time management, but the experiences that fostered within me the most effective time management skills came with working on an assembly line in a manufacturing factory. The units came down the line one after another, and you had to have your task mastered in order to keep up. And the people that truly excelled at the job were those who not only mastered their personal job, but the jobs of those around them as well. If the person in front of you falls behind, it is best to know how to get him or her back on track as quickly as possible.
 
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As a preschool director, I direct the activities in my center, I also draw budget and organize in-service training for the teacher,
 
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How do you handle performance reviews? Tell me about a difficult one.
 
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I am able to look honestly and productively at my quality of work. I am always striving to improve as an educator and as a person.
 
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My experience as a leader and mentor to educators qualifies me for the position. I am punctual, loyal, committed, professional and hard working.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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I would say getting very ambitious and attempting to complete a bunch of tasks at once. I need to pace myself and complete one task at a time. I'll start several and then stress myself.
 
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My greatest wekness is that im very hard on myself. I try to do the best and be the best and I sometimes upset myself or sress myself out if I feel im not bringing enough to the table. I am trying to stop thinking about it so much because with my eork experience if I was that bad or a horrible worker I would have been reprimanded by now.
 
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Are you trustworthy?
 
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Absolutely. I understand I may be exposed to sensitive information and you can be assured it will remain confidential.
 
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Yes, I am trustworthy and it shows through my accomplishments.
 
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Provide an example of a time when you were able to demonstrate excellent listening skills. What was the situation and outcome?
 
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When my son came to me with mental health concerns. It was tough for him to talk about but I was patient, asked him questions to get his perspective, and together we decided on a course of action.
 
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Professionally, in what areas would you most like to develop?
 
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Stay fresh with my computer skills, possibly study art and become an art teacher someday.
 
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Tell me about your last experience recruiting, interviewing, or hiring an employee.
 
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That would have been interviewing prospective students for an advanced program within the cosmetology school that simulated a real salon environment. Students were chosen for their academic excellence as well as their creative talent and the interview was set up as a practice interview for their first job.
 
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I havent had experience in this area. I welcome the board to sit in and help during the next few months to assist in this area.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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Taking a few deep breaths and thinking things through before doing anything hasty.
 
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Pressure is very important to me. Good pressure, such as having a lot of assignments to work on, or an upcoming deadline, helps me to stay motivated and productive. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am very skilled at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time, and avoided unnecessary stress.
 
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What would your current coworkers say about you?
 
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She is a private person but is also part of the group. She cares about the children and co workers. She oversees her class well.
 
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Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
 
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Are you efficient with your time?
 
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Yes. I make a list of what I need done and put it in the order of importance and check it off one by one.
 
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