“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
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
- Lead all existing and future strategic plan initiatives that involve the educational program.
- Assist Head of School and hiring committee in hiring of faculty.
- Supervise and lead the faculty of Mountain Village Montessori Charter School.
Responsibilities associated with this leadership role include:
- Serve as a resource to the Mountain Village Montessori Charter school faculty on issues involving teaching and learning including behavior.
- 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.
- Establish and maintain the evaluation and professional growth frameworks utilized at MVMCS.
- In collaboration with the Head of School, conduct faculty evaluations.
- In support of faculty members, design and monitor individual professional growth plans.
- Design school-wide or departmental levels professional development initiatives.
- With Head of School and faculty, establish agenda for faculty meetings and professional development.
- Coordinate new teacher training/onboarding and mentorship.
- 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:
- Monitor and assess the scope and sequence of the MVMCS curriculum and its alignment to State Standards.
- Work with the Head of School and faculty to enhance the curriculum through thoughtful and well-reasoned teaching and learning innovations.
- Design and maintain teaching and classroom schedules.
- Administer and evaluate standardized testing and internal assessment protocols and calendar with an effort to utilize assessment data as a teaching tool.
- Provide assistance and direction to teachers and parents on their student’s academic and developmental matters. Involve the Head of School when appropriate.
- Manage the parent-teacher conference process including the reporting of standardized test results to parents.
- With the Head of School, design and lead mission-focused parent education programming.
- 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.
- 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
- A strong commitment to the mission of Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, the Montessori philosophy of education and Charter Schools.
- Montessori training (AMI or AMS) at both the Primary and/or Elementary level is preferred.
- At least five (5) years of classroom teaching experience.
- A strong respect, dedication and understanding of the accountability measures required by State of Colorado. Including, but not limited to CMAS and Read Act.
- Demonstrated experience with supervising and training classroom teachers.
- Knowledge, understanding and successful application of curriculum development initiatives. 6. Knowledge of best practices in Montessori education.
- Skill in helping parents understand the value of a Mountain Village Montessori Charter School education at all levels.
- A leadership style that encourages collaboration and consensus building while also being able to make key and important decisions when necessary.
- An ability to manage multiple projects at one time and prioritize task completion.
- Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new learning to help all students achieve.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
“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