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

Lower Elementary Teacher

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher (First-third grade)

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our third year serving students and their families.  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.

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 Michael Girodo, Head of School at mgirodo@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.

 

 

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

 

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

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

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our third year serving students and their families.  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.

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 Michael Girodo, Head of School at mgirodo@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 Para

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Special Education Paraprofessional K-6th [part-time]

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our third year serving students and their families.  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.

Job Description

We are a public charter school seeking paraprofessionals to assist our SPED Director. You will work closely with the director with your assigned students to support them in their learning. Flexibility is key for this role, as your tasks may change from day to day. Typical activities include creating presentations, printing off homework sheets, working with students in groups and individually during lessons and creating progress notes and reports. The ideal candidate is caring, compassionate and dedicated to the students’ success. They have a versatile skill set and a willingness to proactively look for ways to support the teacher.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist students in achieving academic success.
  • Behavioral support which includes physical management [training provided]
  • Personal care and social integration
  • Consultation and collaboration with SPED Director and Classroom Teachers as well as related service staff.

Qualifications

  • Experience working as a substitute teacher for K-6
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Education or another liberal arts program preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous teaching experience for elementary school students
  • Desire to learn about Montessori Educational Method and Philosophy
  • 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 Michael Girodo, Head of School at mgirodo@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.

Assistant Teacher (All Grade Levels)

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Assistant Teacher: All Grade Levels

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our third year serving students and their families.  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
  • 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 Michael Girodo, Head of School at mgirodo@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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