Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition free public charter school for kindergarten through 5th 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

Mountain Village Montessori is always looking for great people to join our team. Here is a list of openings for next year. All positions would begin August 11th. Send resumes and cover letters to Michael Girodo, Head of School –  mgirodo@mvmcs.org

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher- Full Time

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher (4th – 5th 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.

 

 

Special Education Para

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Special Education Paraprofessional K-5th [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.

 

Special Education Teacher

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

Special Education Teacher

SUMMARY: Responsible for providing special education students instruction in settings that allow a continuum of services from self-contained instruction to full inclusion in the general classroom through consultation and/or collaboration and/or co-teaching, with assigned general education teachers, to provide modifications and accommodations per students’ Individual Education Plan Program (IEP). Responsible for working effectively with a team comprised of paraprofessionals, teachers, administrators, parents and District office staff with the purpose of providing quality educational services for each and every student, each and every day, without exception.

 

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Develops and implements Individual Education Program (IEP) goals with preschool students, assist with daily classroom or lab activities, including one on one and small group instruction, including supervision of students during non-classroom times.
  • Completes in a timely, accurate manner, roster and caseload reports, as required.
  • Completes documentation and charting required to measure progress on student IEPs per the schedule established by the District.
  • Continually incorporates the use of technology in the presentation and delivery of instruction to students.
  • Continually monitors and adjusts students’ instruction through the use of differentiation in such a manner as to enable the student to demonstrate proficiency toward state standards.
  • Demonstrate effective use of oral and written communications in the completion of daily assigned duties.
  • Routinely communicates with general education teachers in regard to specific IEP needs of students within general classroom environments.
  • Confers frequently with parents and professional staff members regarding issues that impact school performance
  • Uses multiple measures to assess, evaluate and recommends placement of students in the school’s special education program
  • Helps all students develop competence and confidence simultaneously through a balance of acquiring basic skills and developing conceptual understanding.
  • Monitors, supervises, coordinates and enforces rules of conduct and behavior for assigned students, and reinforces positive student behaviors in accordance with school and District policy.
  • Observes, evaluates, reports and records students’ performance, behavior, and social development.
  • May need to teach literacy, math, language skills, behavioral skills, daily living skills, and/or adaptive skills.
  • Provides daily living assistance (e.g., toileting, diapering, feeding, personal hygiene), following universal precautions and as trained and directed.
  • Lifts and transports students using appropriate equipment and lifting techniques.
  • Schedules para support and monitors paraprofessional duties.
  • Supports the relationship between Garfield School District RE-2 and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and District staff.
  • Supports Garfield School District RE-2 goals.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree AND
  • Must possess a current Colorado Department of Education Teachers License with endorsement in Special Education Generalist or Special Education Specialist.
  • Previous experience working with young special needs students and their parents preferred. ● Preference for applicants who are NCLB highly qualified in the content areas of math, reading, language arts, science or social studies. To demonstrate highly qualified status, completed HOUSSE with documentation and/or certification in content area is required.
  • Bilingual is considered a plus.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • First Aid & CPR Certification – American Heart Association preferred.
  • Obtain and maintain certification in de-escalation techniques.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of:

  • General office procedures, policies, and practices.
  • Customer service techniques.
  • Variable teaching/adaptation techniques.

Knowledge of (Class Standard):

  • Professional and technical writing methods and practices.
  • Project management principles, practices, and methods.

Skill in:

  • Strong people and computer skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to follow directions and collaborate with team members.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Ability to remain calm and respond to student behaviors appropriately.
  • Effective teaching skills.

Skill in (Class Standard):

  • Supervising a classroom, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and/or stressful situations.
  • Working efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines.
  • Developing, understanding, interpreting, and communicating policies and procedures.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

  • Work is performed in a standard classroom setting with some work being performed at various District properties and off-site locations.
  • Heavy lifting, bending, stooping, standing for long periods of time may be required.

 

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

2020-21 School Year

Assistant Teacher: All Grade Levels

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our second year serving students and their families.  We enrolled 160 student’s Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade in the 2020-2021 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!

Position: Lower [1st-3rd] & Upper [4-5th] Elementary

   22-28 hours a week

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

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

  • Work is performed in a standard classroom setting with some work being performed at various District properties and off-site locations.
  • Heavy lifting, bending, stooping, standing for long periods of time may be required.

 

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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