Position Title: Teacher – Elementary (Primary Montessori/Children’s House)

Bargaining Unit:        Grand Rapids Education Association (GREA)

Salary: $40,000 is step one, otherwise determined by the collective bargaining agreement and a comprehensive benefits package

Earning Days: Determined by the negotiated calendar


GRPS MISSION: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.


The Children’s House or Primary Montessori classroom, is comprised of three, four, and five year-old students to ensure every student is academically and socially ready for college, their career, and the global economy. To equip all students with knowledge, skills, and motivation that empowers them to direct their lives and become confident, critical thinkers who will contribute to a changing global community. This is accomplished by providing a variety of learning experiences in partnership with the community to meet each student’s needs as defined by his or her educational plan. This position reports directly to the assigned building/program principal.



Essential functions under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include any of the following duties, knowledge and skills. This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job. Other essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:


·       Provide students with effective instruction in the various academic areas; use the Danielson Rubric; differentiate  instruction to meet the needs of all students; incorporate the Tripod 7 Cs (challenge, control, consolidate, confer, captivate, clarify and care) into daily practice

·       Teach the required curriculum and administer common assessments; effectively maintain and monitor on-going student progress.

·       Provide students with effective instruction/modeling/interventions in the various behavioral areas.

·       Develop detailed, accurate and concise lesson plans for each subject area; plan and provide appropriate educational supplemental activities to meet both group and individual needs of all children within the classroom, including students with special needs.

·       Utilize “best” classroom management practices to create a learning environment that is conducive to learning, curtails disruptive behaviors and enhances students’ self-esteem.

·       Collaborate with special education staff to provide students with individualized education programs (IEPs) appropriate accommodations and supplementary aids.

·       Participate in and contribute to professional development, implement strategies learned with fidelity


Parent and Community Engagement

Make and maintain regular, positive contact with parents via phone calls, email and/or home visits including communicating student progress
Establish and maintain effective written and oral communication and rapport with students, parents and colleagues
Participate in parent meetings, including IEP’s and Parent/Teacher Conferences
Contribute to the development of a positive attitude between the school and the wider community through cooperative relations, publications, competitions, etc.
Contribute to community service and global citizenship goals
Other Duties

Display physical, social, mental and emotional soundness in order to execute the duties of job
Serve as a role model for all students and within school community
Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents and the community in positive, supportive and cooperative ways
Encourage the team spirit and contribute as a team member in the decision making processes of the school as facilitated by the building administrator
Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
Contribute to extra-curricular activities and school programs, including recess duty as requested
Maintain and promote school district goals and objectives.
Comply with state, federal and District policies, procedures, rules, and the union contract
Regular and on-time attendance is required
Other duties as assigned
This description is intended to describe the type and level of work performed by a person assigned to this position.  It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required to be performed in the position.



Bachelor’s degree
Current appropriate Michigan teaching certification
Montessori certification preferred

Demonstrated understanding of current research as to how children learn and the ability to motivate student to perform at their best
Demonstrated ability to work in an economically, culturally, and racially diverse environment
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both orally and in writing
Demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction, by using a variety of styles, and inspire mixed culture and ability classes by creating challenging and engaging learning opportunities for all students
Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of the team
Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment). The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate.  Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities.  The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate.


Grand Rapids Public Schools manages employment applications online.  Applications must be completed online at www.applitrack.com/grps/onlineapp.  No hardcopy applications/resumes will be accepted for this position.   Computer terminals are available in the GRPS Franklin Campus lobby from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, for applicant use (Monday – Thursday during the summer).



The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status.


Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested through the Human Resources Department at 616 819-2022 or humanresources@grps.org

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About Grand Rapids Public Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools has a 40-year history of public Montessori education, one of the longest- running public programs in the US. Among our 54 schools serving 17,000 students. We have three Montessori school buildings with three children's home/elementary programs and one adolescent/secondary program.