Overview

Guides the children in the classroom with strict adherence to Montessori principles, plans and directs long and short range activities and assumes responsibility for the safety, welfare and education of the students

 

Montessori Leadership

·         Establish and maintain Montessori classroom culture, paying particular attention to the needs of students or parents new to the Montessori philosophy

·         Lead with enthusiasm, confidence, punctuality, and team spirit

·         Plan, prepare, and maintain all units of study, lessons, and materials

·         Ensure that children arrive each day to a clean, well prepared Montessori learning environment.

·         Spend at least 30 minutes daily preparing classroom for the following day

·         Contribute to classroom and facility clean-up as requested by school administration

·         Regularly review student progress, teaching priorities, and classroom concerns with Assistant Teacher

·         Maintain individual student records necessary for progress monitoring

·         Call to attention of Administrator any students with special difficulties or needs and be prepared to discuss with parents.

·         Implement and update curriculum as student needs dictate

·         Contact and meet with specialists and/or parents regarding children with special needs

·         Schedule all guest presenters and organize field trips

·         Prepare Kindergarteners for standardized testing

·         Plan and prepare children and the materials needed to perform two annual shows for families

·         Promote healthy eating practices, encouraging grace and courtesy during meal times

·         Care for all classroom animals and plants

·         Organize teacher planning days for changing out materials, cleaning, reorganizing works, and providing feedback and trainings as needed

Record-Keeping:

·         Carefully observe and keep records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom, always being available to offer gentle guidance

·         Organize a record-keeping system for aides regarding children’s works

·         Record and maintain student progress and attendance using Montessori Workspace

·         Complete individual Montessori records including Parent Teacher Conference forms for all students for their permanent folders twice a year

Supervision of Classroom Assistants

·         Advise administration on the hiring of classroom assistants, making sure an effective team/learning environment is created and maintained through careful oversight of and feedback to those aides

·         Provide supervision to assistant teacher, including guidance, development and evaluation with help from the Director

·         Be responsible and ensure that all classroom assistants are in adherence of school policies

·         Conduct weekly classroom staff meetings

·         Conduct 5-10 hours of training to assistant within the first month of the school year

·         Participate in staff evaluations

 

Administration

·         If requested, provide monthly written updates to the Administrator

·         Ensure that the materials and playground are clean, safe and maintained. Report any maintenance issues to Administration

·         Check and read school email daily – downloading and sharing professional articles with assistants

Family Communication

·         Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with families, staff and volunteers. At all times, on and off duty, behave in a manner appropriate for a child educator

·         Maintain regular communication with parents through monthly newsletters

·         Make time available to parents via telephone or in person conferences as needed for legitimate concerns

·         Communicate with parents via e-mail

·         Set-up and maintain a classroom ‘The Learning Environment’ page

·         Communicate on and participate in LPC social media pages

·         Contact parents when children are absent in excess of two school days

·         Return phone messages received within 48 hours

·         Prepare for and schedule individual communication with all parents during the year, including twice yearly parent conferences and Open Houses

Other Duties

·         Promote the mission of LPC Montessori in daily interactions with families and the community at large

·         Seek and participate in yearly professional development activities

·         Maintain excellent regular communication with Administrator

·         Maintain knowledge of and adhere strictly to relevant facility, local, and state procedures

·         Read and be familiar with LPC Montessori Parent Handbook, Employee Handbook, and other relevant facility policy

·         Participate in facility events including occasional social events, a yearly Open House and Parent Education Nights. If requested, give presentations on Montessori topics.

 

Hours: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday

 

Physical Requirements

·         Frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

·         Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

·         Specific vision requirements include the ability to see at close and distant range

·         At times, may require more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position.

·         Fine motor manipulation

·         Transportation time spent commuting between sites for meetings and trainings

·         Must be able to lift and carry children to safety if needed

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Teachers must have:

Formal Educational Qualifications:
B.S., B.A. degree or higher in Education, Early Childhood Education/Child Development; or
B.S., B.A. degree or higher out of field WITH at least twelve (12) college credit hours in early childhood education/child development AND at least 480 hours experience in an education setting serving children ages birth through eight (8).
Montessori Accreditation Certificate by AMI or AMS
·         First Aid/CPR Training

40-clock-hour Introductory Child Care training comprised of Part I and Part II courses
5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development, within 1 year of employment
10-clock-hours of Annual In-service training completed between July 1 and June 30 each year
Preferred Skills

National Early Childhood Certificate – Active National Child Development Associate (CDA) or other early childhood credential that meets or exceeds the requirements of the National CDA and is recognized by regulatory agencies in at least five (5) states. Recognition is determined by the Department.
Active Birth through Five Child Care Credential (Formerly the Florida Child Development Associate Equivalency Credential (CDAE)):
Active School-Age Child Care Credential (Formerly the Florida School-Age Certification)

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