School Guidance Counselor/Academic Career Planner


AMI Certification, preferred
Masters in School Counseling, or willingness to obtain
Licensed in WI as a School Counselor, or willingness to obtain
Current or willing to obtain requirements such as CPR/AED Training and Mandated Reporter Training and other staff file requirements related to DCF, DPI, NAC, AMI, and OEO
Physically capable to work with children on the floor, stairs, and playground, as well as to lift materials, classroom furniture, and clean
A strong understanding of Education, child development, and positive classroom management techniques
Knowledge of leadership theories, developmental theories, social justice theories, learning theories, and career counseling theories as the full continuum of mental health care services, such as prevention and intervention
Understanding of barriers to student learning, and the use of counselling strategies to eliminate these barriers
Command of individual counseling, group counseling, and supports that promote the success of all students
Possess an attitude that reflects a belief in the philosophy of the IMA organization and the emotional resiliency to work with children and adolescents

Daily Expectations:

Approach each day, child, presentation, and adult with love and understanding
Strive to create peace within the classroom and within the entire school community
Embrace life-long learning experiences and be open to communication
Speak respectfully and purposefully to children, peers, and administrators
Adhere to all AMI Montessori policies and philosophies
Adhere to all WI state licensing regulations
Consistently arrive to work in a timely fashion
Consistently communicate regarding work and children with supervisors and staff in a professional manner
Model a healthy, positive, and inspirational attitude and energy for Montessori work, presentations, and all interactions with staff, children, parents, and professionals of IMA(P)
Encourage a strong sense of community within the classroom, the school, and the neighborhood
Be physically, mentally, and emotionally present with children, staff, and families at all times and adhere to policies and procedures regarding screen usage, positive communication, and classroom engagement
Use careful observation and caring interactions with children, Montessori teachers and staff must first believe in each child and guide each child to reach his/her full potential by supporting the planes of development, human tendencies, and sensitive periods
Supervise daily activities for the indoor and outdoor environments
Maintain classroom and workspace in a clean, orderly, and safe fashion
Assist in daily operations of school (answer phones, take out garbage and recycling, collect mail, send mail, etc. as may be necessary)
Continue to work towards anti-bias, anti-racist, and whole-person education
Communicate daily with the Heads of School

Job Specific Expectations:

Remains universally accessible and makes an effort to know all students
Provide support to students’ holistic education inside the classroom and beyond
Develop, implement, and maintain school guidance programs
Assist students with creating an academic plan for their education
Help students plan for college and a successful career after graduation
Work with students to develop critical life skills
Provide talk therapy to students in need of supports
Teaches guidance classes and provides guidance counseling to students through planned activities in small group or classroom settings to convey educational, social, and important school information, and offers workshops/seminars for parents
Actively participates with the Nautilus Support Team, in Child Study Meetings, and any other meetings relevant to student engagement
Work with Student Services and Lead Guides to create a Montessori-first and Best Practices approach to interventions and lesson adaptations
Work with Student Services and Lead Guides to developing plans for students with exceptionalities that align with the Montessori Method and meet school goals
Monitor and record student progress to ensure counseling programs are effective
Collaborate with Student Services and the Administrative Team to complete and maintain all documentation and records related to the child’s file

Supervised by: Heads of School


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About Isthmus Montessori Academy (Public)

IMA(P) serves children ages two months to high school, providing AMI Montessori Nido, Young Children’s Community, Primary, Elementary, and Adolescent Programs in Madison’s first, public AMI Montessori school. In 2021, IMA(P) will open the area's first public International Baccalaureate program.

Our community offers sponsorship agreements for applicants interested in AMI Montessori training, in addition to paid time off, rigorous professional development, and numerous other personal and professional benefits. At IMA(P), we take pride in fostering a strong sense of community, which we believe begins with our staff.

We are housed in an architect designed building with outdoor access from the lower-level classrooms, multiple gathering areas, a lactation room, a full commercial kitchen for our snack and hot lunch program, and beautiful natural light throughout. Located at the base of the isthmus of Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin, our school benefits from access to the beautiful lakes, arboretum, world-class university, and one of the largest and best farmers markets! Madison is a city of culture, music, festivals, global cuisine, and full of caring, creative, innovative, and genuine people.
Honoring the spirit of each child is the driving force for our teachers and families.

Won’t you join us in offering education founded on peace, sustainability, and community?