Wildflower Schools is expanding into Stockton, CA!
Are you a Montessori guide with an entrepreneurial drive and a deep belief in racial equity and social justice? Join our Founding Teacher Leader Team to help grow our schools in San Joaquin County, CA!
Who We Are
Wildflower Schools are a decentralized network of micro-schools that serve racially and socioeconomically diverse communities with an exceptional Montessori education.
Wildflower schools are very small – typically serving 20-30 students. They are committed to equity, and unite diverse communities of children, families and teachers in a shared pursuit of interconnectedness, justice and peace. Wildflower schools are Montessori schools with certified teachers who embrace the qualities of authentic Montessori education – mixed ages, the full complement of materials for each age group, and a child-led, individualized approach within a beautiful, peaceful environment. While they share our Wildflower values and principles, each Wildflower school is unique, a reflection of the training, life experiences and educational vision of the small team of teachers who lead it.
About The Role
Wildflower Schools Northern California is seeking innovative, equity-minded, entrepreneurial teachers who are looking to start and lead their own small-scale Montessori schools in the Bay Area. We are working to cultivate a community of beautiful, child-centered learning environments that support children, teachers, and families from diverse backgrounds as they follow life’s unfolding journey. The vision and model for the school will be yours to shape within Wildflower’s nine principles. You will have access to financial support, direct guidance from Wildflower California’s support team, and will join a local community of fellow Montessori teacher innovators as you spend approximately 12-18 months exploring the possibility of opening your own school in our state.
In California, we currently operate three schools in San Francisco, San Jose, and Pittsburg and are looking for experienced primary and elementary trained Montessori teacher leaders to help us expand our program and open-up more schools in the Bay Area and surrounding counties. We are actively seeking Primary trained teachers who want to join our 2022-23 cohort with the goal of launching schools in Stockton in the Fall of 2024. You will join a team of Teachers and community leaders to lay the foundation and launch the Wildflower Public Charter in CA and go on to launch your own public micro-Montessori school.
If you are not yet Montessori trained, but interested in our mission, please inquire! Fellowship and training opportunities may be available.
What Will You Do?
As a Teacher Leader you will:
- Spend time learning about Wildflower, developing plans, and bringing your school to life through our supported School Startup Journey with your co-leader
- Collaborate with 1-2 other teacher-leaders to develop a vision for an authentic Montessori primary or elementary school that serves the diversity of the San Joaquin community
- With the financial and operational support of the local and national Wildflower teams, find and prepare a school site – this generally involves identifying, leasing and renovating shop front space
- Design and create the prepared school environment in alignment with your vision and local early childhood regulations
- Actively market your school to recruit and enroll children and families
What You Bring?
- A deep commitment to authentic Montessori – Your 5+ years of experience in a Montessori or child-focused, infant-toddler, primary or elementary environment will position you to be a highly effective facilitator of children’s learning and to extend the values of Montessori to include the adults within your school community.
- Entrepreneurial leadership – You are flexible, open-minded, see opportunity in obstacles, and are energized by using creativity and resourcefulness to anticipate challenges and create solutions to problems.
- Commitment to serving diverse and multifaceted communities – You are eager to expand access to Montessori for racially and socioeconomically diverse communities and are committed to supporting the development of intersectional communities. You understand the role race, along with ethnicity, gender/gender identity and sexual orientation, play in contributing to persistent inequity. You have engaged in culturally responsive and anti-racist practices with the students and families you serve.
- Generosity of spirit – You live with kindness, practice gratitude and lead with love. You seek advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.
- Willingness to work hard – You have the aptitude, stamina, time, and appetite to rise to the challenge of starting and leading your own school. You will not be alone, but you will be busy.
- A desire to learn and grow – You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to develop new skills and expertise and to more fully explore your purpose and potential.
We welcome candidates fluent in Spanish who can help connect with families that we will serve.
We are actively seeking teachers who want to join our 2022-23 cohort with the goal of launching schools in the Fall of 2023 or Fall of 2024. Our primary expansion areas are San Joaquin, Alameda, and surrounding counties. If you would like to learn more about opening a Wildflower school in California, please do the following:
About Wildflower Schools Northern California
Wildflower schools are very small - typically serving 20-30 students. They are committed to equity, and unite diverse communities of children, families and teachers in a shared pursuit of interconnectedness, justice and peace.