Overview

Basic Function

Assist the Lead Teacher in providing for the care, guidance, emotional needs, and developmental experiences of children in assigned classroom, and in directing an environment appropriate for Montessori educational standards and philosophy.

Responsibilities

A. Development of Learning Environment
Supervise and implement class programs in accordance with the philosophy of the Montessori curriculum.
Supervise and implement monthly lesson plans as directed by the Lead Teacher.
Maintain classroom overview while Lead Teacher demonstrates classroom materials and conducts line time.
Assist the Lead Teacher in preparing classroom materials to reflect the developmental needs of the children, within the construct of personal expertise and guidelines provided by lead.
Ensure complete and prepared works as directed by or in the absence of the Lead Teacher.
Direct children and communicate with other teachers in a positive and respectful manner, ensuring a peaceful working environment.
Maintain awareness of children’s progress within each area of the classroom.
Maintain a neat and orderly classroom to include dusting, mopping, and vacuuming as necessary; ensure adherence to sanitary standards as directed by the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Assist children in nap time and supervise nap periods. Maintain safe sleep practices for infants at all times.
Utilize nap time for routine cleaning of cubbies, mopping, taking out trash, etc.
Ensure all classroom supplies are sufficient, including all first aid supplies.
Take initiative in the classroom, independently seeing what needs to be done regarding guiding of children or cleaning and handling it.

B. Child Guidance

Observe and interact with each child regularly, using Montessori suggestions of appropriate phrases and minimizing interruption of work time.
Give individual and small group demonstrations consistent with observed sensitive periods, learning needs, and interests.
Conduct line time and large group activities in absence of Lead Teacher.
Assist Lead Teacher in conducting other learning activities consistent with Montessori philosophy and classroom objectives to enhance lesson plans including art, music, cooking, and field trips.
Discipline children with respect following the Montessori Philosophy and CMS Policies, always considering the children’s individual differences.
Act as a model of peace and respect for children.

C. Classroom Personnel Management

Share classroom tasks and responsibilities to ensure the completion of all tasks daily.
Attend monthly meetings with classroom staff, participating in the discussion of problems, ideas, and lesson plans.
Report classroom needs and concerns to the Lead Teacher.
Relate child episodic circumstances to other staff members as appropriate.
Act as an example to staff by displaying strong work ethic, integrity, professionalism, and respect for all.
Effectively communicate with co-teachers, contributing to open and respectful discussion of problems, ideas, and resolutions.
Assist lead in training new staff and interns.

D. Parent Relations/Communications

Greet parents with a warm and friendly demeanor upon drop off and pick up.
Notify parents of unusual circumstances to include infectious disease, injury, accident or incident verbally if appropriate and filling out the appropriate reports.
Direct parent concerns to the Lead Teacher or Executive Director as appropriate.
Maintain confidentiality regarding other children when communicating with parents.

E. Other Responsibilities

Represent school in a positive light at all times, including away from school and on social media outlets.
Adhere to state and government regulations appropriate to school’s operational procedures.
Respect children by not having child related discussions/conversations in the presence of any child or parent.
Show up for shift on time.
Attend at least two Board meetings annually.
Notify Executive Director of unusual circumstances to include infectious disease, injury, accident or incident verbally if appropriate and filling out the appropriate reports.
Maintain CPR/First Aid Certification and Food Handler Certification
Complete other duties as assigned.

F. Professional Development & Personal Growth

Participate in all school professional development sessions, staff meetings, and extra curricular events as coordinated by the school.
Acquire 12 continuing education hours per year as stipulated by the Department of Health.
Display efforts to continue education and growth as a teaching professional, both internally driven and as requested by the Executive Director.
Display efforts to continue Montessori specific education, both formally and informally on own.
Respond positively to constructive feedback from teaching staff and Executive Director, showing commitment toward growth process.

Traits/Competencies

Organized
Friendly and caring demeanor
Initiative
Relationship building
Patience
Thrives in collaborative environment

Education/Training

High School Diploma required. Montessori background strongly preferred.

Experience

One year of early childhood education experience required.

Supervisor

Lead Teacher, Executive Director