Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through 6th grade also offering a coveted preschool program.

HIRING PHILOSOPHY

“Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.”

Maria Montessori

The process of hiring highly qualified and effective Montessori teachers is of the utmost importance during the candidate screening and hiring process. There is nothing more critical for the success of children than those supporting and guiding their education. As such, the hiring committee, composed of Montessorians, parents, and educators, is intent on hiring teachers who not only displayed a passion and understanding of Montessori, but also held proven track records as educators. The committee approached hiring with the philosophy that finding teachers with the ability to build strong, respectful relationships with students, strong educational background, worldly experiences, demonstration of child-centered practice, commitment to professional development, and displayed “Pied Piper” like demeanors was crucial for the success of our students. Students who have positive relationships with their teachers use them as a secure base from which they can explore the classroom and school setting both academically and socially, to take on academic challenges and work on social-emotional development (Hamre & Pianta, 2001). This includes, relationships with peers, and developing self-esteem and self-concept (Hamre & Pianta, 2001). Through this secure relationship, students learn about socially appropriate behaviors as well as academic expectations and how to achieve these expectations (Hamre & Pianta, 2001). Thus, hiring teachers with the tacit ability to create these relationships was imperative.

The educational experiences of our teachers was important as well. Most of our lead teachers hold master’s degrees and/or many professional certifications. All of our primary lead teachers hold Master’s degrees. All of our lower and upper elementary lead teachers are highly qualified teachers holding professional teaching licenses from the State of Colorado. Many of our assistant teachers hold teaching licenses as well, have Master’s degrees and/or have years of teaching experience and professional development. All of the lead teachers have obtained or are in the process of obtaining full certificates of Montessori studies from one of two Board approved institutions. The two Board approved institutions are, The Center of Guided Montessori Studies and The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. These are the only two institution that the Board approved out of the dozens of training centers across the United States. These centers were chosen based on their high standards and exceptional reputations. All of our lead teachers have years of teaching experience, many in Montessori classrooms, experiential settings, dual language classrooms. ​

“The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.”

Maria Montessori

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Literacy Specialist/Interventionist (20-30 hours/week)

Literacy Specialist/Interventionist Job Description (20-30 hours/week)

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 185 students Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  All employees of MVMCS work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description to ensure success for all students.  MVMCS teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms to create a unified community.

Description and Goals:
The Literacy Specialist will support all staff in high-quality literacy instruction and intervention. The Specialist/Interventionist will work directly with teachers providing classroom-based instruction, intervention, collaboration and one-on-one support, and related professional development. The Specialist/Interventionist will focus on enhancing teachers’ ability to provide instruction that builds students’ sense of engagement in the ownership of learning and reading achievement within the Montessori framework. The Specialist/Interventionist will also work with administrators and teachers to collect and analyze data, interpret, and use it to guide instructional decisions.

Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with Lead Teachers and Exceptional Student Services Coordinator to oversee the school’s literacy assessment procedures, READ Plans, training, and data collection.
• Track progress of all students K-5 and identify early interventions for PreK students.
• Provide individualized, classroom-based support within the Montessori framework to individual students who are below or well below benchmark.
• Help teachers develop the means to reflect upon their own literacy instruction, uncover areas where growth is needed, and strengthen their practice.
• Participate fully in professional development opportunities and professional research and reading.
• Work with the Head of School to create a school-wide focus on the goals for reading achievement.
• Meet regularly with the Head of School to report on progress and plan next steps.
• Work to provide and embed reading/writing professional learning in the context of the school.
• Prepare and provide professional development during team meetings, after school, or during district Early Release Wednesdays that meets the needs of teachers and their students.

Qualifications:

Elementary classroom experience
Deep knowledge of reading, writing and literacy development including knowledge of the value of systematic and scientifically-based explicit reading instruction.
Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills
Interpersonal skills (communication, problem solving, conflict management, collaboration)that will enhance the ability to work with teachers and administrators and provide advice, mentoring and guidance.
Strong organizational skill
Strong analytical skills to organize and derive meaning from assessment data

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled.  Compensation is BOE.  Full time employees (30+ hours) are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package.

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Director of Teaching and Learning- Full Time

Director of Teaching and Learning – Job Description

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 185 students, Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  All employees of Mountain Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description to ensure success for all students.  MVMCS teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms to create a unified community.

Description and Goals:

The Director of Teaching and Learning will ensure that the educational program at Mountain Village Montessori Charter School meets our mission: To inspire each child to learn and grow as a responsible global citizen in a collaborative, peaceful, and safe environment through the proven methods of Montessori education. As a school of choice, Mountain Village Montessori School is a place for students, families and teachers to grow together as a community. MVMCS aims to develop responsible, self-directed and resilient children who become life-long learners and creative problem solvers.  Possessing deep respect and experience with the Montessori philosophy as implemented at MVMCS is vital to be a successful Director of Teaching and Learning.

Major Leadership Roles and Associated Responsibilities

  1. Lead all existing and future strategic plan initiatives that involve the educational program.
  2. Assist Head of School and hiring committee in hiring of faculty.
  3. Supervise and lead the faculty of Mountain Village Montessori Charter School.

 

Responsibilities associated with this leadership role include:

  1. Serve as a resource to the Mountain Village Montessori Charter school faculty on issues involving teaching and learning including behavior.
  2. Conduct frequent formal and informal observations of faculty members and provide feedback to faculty based on those observations. When necessary, provide targeted coaching and/or resources to faculty members.
  3. Establish and maintain the evaluation and professional growth frameworks utilized at MVMCS.
  4. In collaboration with the Head of School, conduct faculty evaluations.
  5. In support of faculty members, design and monitor individual professional growth plans.
  6. Design school-wide or departmental levels professional development initiatives.
  7. With Head of School and faculty, establish agenda for faculty meetings and professional development.
  8. Coordinate new teacher training/onboarding and mentorship.
  9. Ensure that the Mountain Village Montessori Charter School curriculum and educational program is cohesive, consistent and supportive of the school’s mission and in adherence with expectations set forth by the nature of being a Public Charter School.

Associated responsibilities with this leadership role include:

  1. Monitor and assess the scope and sequence of the MVMCS curriculum and its alignment to State Standards.
  2. Work with the Head of School and faculty to enhance the curriculum through thoughtful and well-reasoned teaching and learning innovations.
  3. Design and maintain teaching and classroom schedules.
  4. Administer and evaluate standardized testing and internal assessment protocols and calendar with an effort to utilize assessment data as a teaching tool.
  5. Provide assistance and direction to teachers and parents on their student’s academic and developmental matters. Involve the Head of School when appropriate.
  6. Manage the parent-teacher conference process including the reporting of standardized test results to parents.
  7. With the Head of School, design and lead mission-focused parent education programming.
  8. Work with Head of School to provide relevant information to Board involving the educational program. The Director of Teaching and Learning will be available to attend and participate in Board meetings with ample advanced notification from Head of School.
  9. Work with specialists to ensure that students with learning style differences are properly supported and adhere to all legal requirements and best practices.

Qualifications and Characteristics

  1. A strong commitment to the mission of Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, the Montessori philosophy of education and Charter Schools.
  2. Montessori training (AMI or AMS) at both the Primary and/or Elementary level is preferred.
  3. At least five (5) years of classroom teaching experience.
  4. A strong respect, dedication and understanding of the accountability measures required by State of Colorado. Including, but not limited to CMAS and Read Act.
  5. Demonstrated experience with supervising and training classroom teachers.
  6. Knowledge, understanding and successful application of curriculum development initiatives. 6. Knowledge of best practices in Montessori education.
  7. Skill in helping parents understand the value of a Mountain Village Montessori Charter School education at all levels.
  8. A leadership style that encourages collaboration and consensus building while also being able to make key and important decisions when necessary.
  9. An ability to manage multiple projects at one time and prioritize task completion.
  10. Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new learning to help all students achieve.
  11. A sense of humor, a commitment to teamwork, an affable personality, and a love of children and schools.

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled.  Compensation is BOE.  Full time employees (30+ hours) are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package.

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher- Full Time

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

2018-19 School Year

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 185 students Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  All employees of MVMCS work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description to ensure success for all students.  MVMCS teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms to create a unified community.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implement curriculum according to curriculum guidelines of the Montessori method, Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, and the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • Maintains ongoing curriculum evaluation and development to meet the needs of students.
  • Demonstrates understanding of and ability to implement Montessori teaching strategies plus a broad repertoire of teaching strategies that honor varied needs of children.
  • Assesses student performance frequently and objectively and implements effective record keeping system of student progress in line with Montessori best practices and school-wide policies.
  • Prepares an environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the needs of the group; for maintaining a clear, orderly, and attractive Montessori environment, including the care and maintenance of classroom materials and equipment, and maintaining inventory of classroom materials
  • Creates an environment that demonstrates rapport with and respect and kindness for all students, as well as between students. The teacher will model and teach conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies in the classroom.
  • Facilitates resolution of problems that might arise with students and parents
  • Accepts full responsibility for the safety of the children left in his / her charge until dismissed to a responsible adult.
  • The teacher will participate in a regular evaluation process including classroom observations, feedback conferences, and an annual self-evaluation toward goals set by the teacher and / or in conjunction with the Head of School
  • Participates in professional development activities (both within the school community and via attendance at conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Establishes relationships and regularly communicates with parents of students and maintains regular communication with parents regarding their child’s progress
  • Provides for parent conferences, meetings and communication throughout the school year in accordance with school policy and procedures.

Required Qualifications and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university (Master’s preferred)
  • AMS certified at the appropriate grade level or working towards certification
  • Meets all the ESEA requirements for “highly qualified”
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both children and adults
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, and other professionals
  • Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
  • Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org  or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled. 

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Special Education Teacher (30-40 hrs/week)

Special Education Teacher Job Description//2018-19 School Year  [30-40 hours]

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school  in our second year of operation serving students and their families. We anticipate 180 students Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2018-19 school year.  All employees of Mountain Village Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description in order to ensure success for all students.  Mountain Village Montessori teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms in order to create a unified community.

Description and Goals:

The Special Education Teacher will work with students of varying degrees of disabilities.  Because MVMCS serves a PreK-6 population, this position will work closely with a PreK-6 team and will share some PreK-6 responsibilities. This individual must be able to effectively manage all aspects of case management for the special education population.  Additionally, the Special Education Teacher is responsible for effectively differentiating curriculum to support the needs of staff, students, administration and parents.  Committed to the process of collaboration, the Special Education Teacher will work with these groups to ensure that accommodations are appropriately implemented in classroom settings.  The ability to employ a variety of appropriate teaching strategies to instruct one-on-one or in small groups, and to support both teachers and students in the general education setting is critical.

Responsibilities:

  1. Understand and support the RTI process within a Montessori environment, including observing and assessing children who have long- or short-term learning difficulties, working with colleagues to identify individual students’ special needs, and developing appropriate interventions.
  2. Coordinate team meetings, write and manage Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), including assessment, observations, progress monitoring, and ongoing communication with parents and staff.
  3. Instruct individual students or small groups of students inside or outside of the classroom.
  4. Differentiate or modify curriculum content, process, product and use assistive technology to alter individual needs to make the lesson accessible to all students.
  5. Participate in ongoing collaboration and communication with the classroom teachers and support staff to define and alter the activities and curriculum while addressing the social,  emotional and physical needs of the students.
  6. Work closely with other service providers including social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, interventionists, para-professionals,  psychologists/social workers, and parents/guardians.
  7. Develop positive, trusting, encouraging relationships and effective communication with students, parents/guardians and staff.
  8. Attend staff meetings and in-service trainings.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Current Colorado Teacher License and Special Education Certification required
  • Elementary classroom experience.  
  • Deep knowledge of Special Education best practices.
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills.  
  • Strong organization and coordination skills
  • Strong analytical skills to organize and derive meaning from assessment data.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, and other professionals.
  • Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
  • Resourceful in generating creative solutions to problems

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled. Compensation is BOE. Full time employees (30+ hours) are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package.

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher (25-30 hours/week)

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

2018-19 School Year

Position: Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher [grades 4th-6th] 25-30 hours a week

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 185 student’s Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  All employees of Mountain Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description in order to ensure success for all students.  MVMCS teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms in order to create a unified community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Assistant Teacher to join our team!

Job Description

  • Assisting the Lead Teacher in maintaining a Montessori culture of learning.
  • Assisting the lead in maintaining the classroom expectations.
  • Running interference for the lead while lessons are being given (answering questions, redirecting children who are wandering/disruptive, etc).
  • Communicating to the Lead when students need help in a conflict resolution, and guiding children through conflicts once comfortable with the process.
  • Serving as assistant and partner to the lead.
  • Preparing and presenting lessons/projects as agreed on with the lead.
  • Completing tasks delegated by the lead (administrative, clean-up, classroom management, etc).
  • Subbing for lead when necessary.
  • Assisting the lead with progress reports and family conferences.
  • Alerting the lead when a conflict has arisen in the classroom or on the playground (even if it seems to be resolved).
  • Running the classroom when the lead is in conflict resolution conversations or otherwise engaged, including independently overseeing transition periods.
  • Assisting with/overseeing clean-up at the end of the work cycles
  • Maintaining an orderly Montessori environment.
  • Directing parent inquiries to the lead teacher
  • Checking student work throughout the week.

Required Qualifications and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Classroom experience at grade level applying for
  • Desire to learn about Montessori Educational Method and Philosophy
  • Meets all the ESEA requirements for “highly qualified”
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both children and adults
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, and other professionals
  • Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
  • Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org  or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled. 

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

 

Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher (40 hours/week)

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

2018-19 School Year

Position: Lower Elementary [grades 1st-3rd] 40 hours a week

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 185 student’s Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  All employees of Mountain Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description in order to ensure success for all students.  MVMCS teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms in order to create a unified community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Assistant Teacher to join our team!

Job Description

  • Assisting the Lead Teacher in maintaining a Montessori culture of learning.
  • Assisting the lead in maintaining the classroom expectations.
  • Running interference for the lead while lessons are being given (answering questions, redirecting children who are wandering/disruptive, etc).
  • Communicating to the Lead when students need help in a conflict resolution, and guiding children through conflicts once comfortable with the process.
  • Serving as assistant and partner to the lead.
  • Preparing and presenting lessons/projects as agreed on with the lead.
  • Completing tasks delegated by the lead (administrative, clean-up, classroom management, etc).
  • Subbing for lead when necessary.
  • Assisting the lead with progress reports and family conferences.
  • Alerting the lead when a conflict has arisen in the classroom or on the playground (even if it seems to be resolved).
  • Running the classroom when the lead is in conflict resolution conversations or otherwise engaged, including independently overseeing transition periods.
  • Assisting with/overseeing clean-up at the end of the work cycles
  • Maintaining an orderly Montessori environment.
  • Directing parent inquiries to the lead teacher
  • Checking student work throughout the week.

 

Required Qualifications and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Classroom experience at grade level applying for
  • Desire to learn about Montessori Educational Method and Philosophy
  • Meets all the ESEA requirements for “highly qualified”
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both children and adults
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, and other professionals
  • Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
  • Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Julie Dinkens julie@mvmcs.org  or call 970-879-6653 for more information.  We will accept applications until position is filled. 

Mountain Village Montessori School actively seeks to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

 

“TEACHERS AS GUIDES…Montessori teachers don’t simply present lessons; they are facilitators, mentors, coaches, and guides who use the children’s interests to enrich the curriculum and provide alternate avenues for accomplishment and success. A Montessori teacher’s ultimate objective is to help his/her students to learn independently and retain the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born.”

Maria Montessori

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