Overview and Position Summary

Children’s Kiva Montessori (KM) School  is located in Cortez, Colorado in the beautiful Four Corners Region where rivers, mountains, mesas, and canyons offer unparalleled access to the outdoors for recreation, sport, enjoyment, and solace.

At Kiva, we:

Build a strong foundation for children. challenge students through integrated curriculum;
Work in supportive and engaging environments;
​Collaborate with one another;
Embrace diversity; and
Explore our passions.

The Lead Teacher Lower Elementary (LTLE) is a curriculum leader responsible for the development of curricula that advance student academic growth as established by the School and the Colorado Department of Education, including but not limited to Montessori methods, Community-based educational approaches, Project Based Learning (PBL) and integrated academics (STEAM).  In addition, the LTLE provides a stimulating, carefully prepared environment that nurtures students’ intellectual and social-emotional development leveraging the principles of Montessori and Restorative Practice philosophies.

Two LTLE educators Co-teach with an Anchor teacher, who is responsible for providing educational administrative and curricular support to the lower elementary team.

The LTLE joins a team of education leaders who are committed to cultivating an academically rigorous classroom where independence, creativity, responsibility, and respect are fostered. CKMS educators model positive interpersonal relationships with students, parents, staff and community members.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Plan and develop age-appropriate curricula that promote intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of the student, to include the school year lesson plans, special units, projects, field trips, speakers, and material requirements.
  • Implementing curriculum that meets or exceeds Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) as outlined by the Colorado Department of Education, and at the direction of the Head of School.
  • Maintain an orderly, aesthetic, and purposeful classroom environment.
  • Prepare and use class materials that are consistent with the Montessori philosophy, relevant to the curriculum and developmentally appropriate for the student.
  • Use standards-based data collection tools to monitor student academic progress (CMAS, DIBELS, NWEA and/or Montessori Compass) and use data to inform instructional development and delivery.
  • Compile and maintain continuous student progress records and track daily attendance.
  • Schedule and conduct parent/teacher conferences to communicate student progress, development, and individualized learning plan recommendations and review implementations methods.
  • Review support plans, (e.g., IEP, ALP, RTI, 504) and collaborate with the support team to implement the recommendations, accommodations and modifications for special needs/at risk students.
  • Support and facilitate required student assessments.
  • Plan and manage off-campus activities in a manner that ensures proper parental consent, supervision, and student safety at all times.
  • Communicate consistently with parents and encourage parent involvement in their student’s education and the school.
  • Work collaboratively with other Lead Teachers and staff and actively participate in professional development and learning activities.
  • Work to continuously improve effectiveness in all instructional practices.
  • Exhibit open, honest, professional, and respectful communication with the students, parents, staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Job Requirements:

  • Assure the safety and welfare of students including necessary actions to insure that students are supervised at all times.
  • Demonstrate faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work.
  • Submit required reports promptly at the times specified.
  • Demonstrate care of and protection of CKMS property.
  • Report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law.
  • Use the CKMS internet and E-mail system as specified in Policy.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or their designees.

Education, Certification and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related subject from an accredited university.
  • Colorado Teaching License with endorsements for the levels and subject areas teaching required or ESSA teacher qualified status as per Colorado Department of Education https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/tii/a_hqt; or enrolled in an CDE-approved credential program. Meet CDE and ESSA requirements for Highly Qualified.
  • May be required to complete CPI training depending on assignment.
  • American Montessori Society or Association Montessori Internationale credential; be enrolled in a Montessori program; or be willing to enroll in a Montessori program and/or participate in on-site training.
  • Lead teacher experience in Montessori, STEM, STEAM, Project-based, and/or Expeditionary learning preferred.


  • Willingness to balance the demands of providing high-quality educational experience in a public charter school environment.
  • Understanding of Colorado Academic Standards and ability to align with Montessori, PBL, Inquiry-based and STEAM curricula.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and review support plans (e.g., IEP, ALP, RTI, 504), and, in collaboration with support team, to implement the recommendations, accommodations and modifications for special needs/at risk students
  • Verifiable experience in a collaborative environment and clear awareness of role (s) played in collaboration.

Technical Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong decision making, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with students with diverse needs at various levels.
  • Ability to develop and implement engaging lessons that facilitate student mastery of the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
  • Ability to promote and follow CKMS policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.
  • Ability to utilize formative and summative assessments to access student learning.

Materials and Equipment Operating Knowledge

  • Microcomputers and general office equipment.
  • Microsoft Office applications.
  • Student Information Systems.

Administrative Details

  • Position: Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary (1-3)
  • Status: Full Time, Exempt
  • Supervisor: Head of School
  • Salary: DOE (see published Step Schedule at www.kivacharter.org)
  • Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, Personal Days, PERA (Colo. Retirement)
  • Revised: February 2022


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About Children's Kiva Montessori Charter School

Children’s Kiva Montessori (KM) School is a tuition-free, public Charter School serving children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. We envision our school as a  place of vibrant and joyful learning where students are immersed in academic, emotional, and social growth on their way to becoming kind, confident, and engaged members of their communities.

Our mission is to build a strong foundation for children; challenge students through integrated curriculum; work in supportive and engaging environments; collaborate with one another; embrace diversity; and explore our passions. 

The school is located in Cortez, Colorado in the beautiful Four Corners Region where rivers, mountains, mesas, and canyons offer unparalleled access to the outdoors for recreation, sport, enjoyment, and solace. Our community, perhaps the last, best, place in the intermountain West, honors culture and context; our school reflects the diversity of cultures and views of our community. It is complex here: both a step back in time and a glimpse of the future with the opportunity to shape it.