“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
2017-2018 School Year /Assistant Teacher
The part-time position would include working as an Assistant Teacher in the Afternoon PreK program followed by leading the Aftercare program working with up to 8 children, ages 3-12. The Afternoon PreK program provides a complementary experience to the children’s Montessori mornings. It is an emergent, play-based curriculum offering the children other developmentally appropriate activities to enhance their learning. The ideal candidate would have experience working with preschool and elementary age children. 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. This position is part-time, M-F, 12:30-5:30 pm.
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
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 email@example.com. We will accept applications until position is filled.
“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