Montessori For All seeks to build a more just and peaceful society by cultivating diverse leaders of the future who find meaning and joy in their own lives and work in partnership with others to do the same. We are honored that you are interested in a position at one of our schools—schools that we hope become a model for educational reform across the country. We believe that all of us should pursue professional passions that fill our lives with meaning and joy. We look forward to working with you to uncover whether this position is right for you.
We are currently looking for Lead Guides who are currently AMS / AMI certified for our Children’s House (PK3, PK4 and Kinder), Lower Elementary (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and Upper Elementary (4th, 5th and 6th) communities.
In Austin, there are lots of private Montessori schools providing opportunities for children to reach their extraordinary potential within an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, critical thinking, academic rigor, and peace. These options tend to be in more affluent areas, and they are too expensive for the majority of families living in Austin.
Montessori For All seeks to change that. We endeavor to open and lead free, high-performing, authentic Montessori schools that partner with families to help children in diverse communities reach their extraordinary potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, creatively, culturally, and physically, so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.
Our first campus, Magnolia Montessori For All, opened in East Austin in August 2014 with 3 year olds through 3rd grade and now serves through Upper Elementary (6th grade).
Focus on Leadership: We strive to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. We teach by example and constantly model living with integrity and courage, eagerly learning, appreciating and showing gratitude, demonstrating persistence, excelling, and respecting and helping others and the environment.
Education for the Whole Child: We help children grow academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, an emphasis on intrinsic motivation, student-led projects, acquisition of a second language, rigor, and learning beyond the classroom that prepares children for high school, college, the 21st century and lives as leaders in their families and communities.
Teachers as Leaders and Innovators: Our teachers are empowered to shape curriculum and school culture and contribute to ongoing developments in the field of education through research and the dissemination of knowledge.
Families as Partners: We partner with families to provide the most nurturing environment to help children grow into their fullest potential, so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.
Continuous Improvement: We strive for continuous growth through a process of Assessing→Analyzing→Acting. We hold ourselves and others to high expectations, engage in self-reflection, and take personal responsibility for ensuring success for each and every child.
Diversity and Teamwork: We believe that children learn best in racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse environments, so that they are prepared to act as global citizens and leaders. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community.
Our Ideal Candidate:
As a start-up charter organization that is serving a diverse group of children and families in an urban setting, we are looking for people who will thrive in our fast-paced, innovative, and often challenging environment. In order to succeed here, candidates must be:
Able to persevere in the face of everyday challenges, both big and small
Motivated to work in a social justice-oriented organization, which includes reflecting on our own racial biases and developing a culturally responsive curriculum for our classrooms
Mission-driven and prepared to work urgently toward closing the opportunity gap and ending educational inequity through achievement of student outcomes
Invested in the Montessori approach to education as truly transformational, both for the child and the world
Comfortable interacting with diverse families and have experience with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
Requirements & Qualifications:
AMS- or AMI-credentialed or willing to work toward certification the summer prior to the start of the school year (paid for by the school)
State-certified (including ESL) or willing to complete alternate certification prior to the start of the school year through Texas Teachers (paid by the teacher in monthly installments once your paycheck starts)
Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community:
Broadening your impact by being a member of the city’s first public Montessori school.
Participation in a growth and leadership program that uses goal-setting, reflection, and mentoring to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary for success.
Opportunities to assume new leadership roles as we create our school, open additional campuses, and build a national Charter Management Organization.
A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the infant through 6th grade program (if a spot is available).
Ample time for professional development that is built into the week and year.
Vacation time spread out through the year, including a Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
Comprehensive benefits package.
A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.
Lead Guide Responsibilities:
New Lead Guides report for professional development in mid-July 2020. School starts the first week of August.
The work day is from 7:14am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday. Teachers are with children from 8:00am-3:45pm Monday through Thursday (and walk them out for departure until about 4pm) and from 7:15am-2:00pm on Friday. There is 30 minutes of planning time before the school day starts and approximately 45-60 minutes during lunch.
Lead Guides meet in Professional Learning Communities on Fridays from 2:30-4:30pm.
Approximately once a week, lead guides have a 30-minute meeting during their planning time.
Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Responsibilities Include:
Preparing and maintaining the physical environment to optimize student learning.
Planning and implementing lessons.
Supporting the dual-language (English and Spanish), culturally-responsive, and anti-racist mission of the school.
Observing and conducting systematic record keeping (using Transparent Classroom) to ensure success for every child.
Modifying instruction to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
Maintaining a positive, productive, and safe learning environment through effective classroom management strategies.
Collaborating with other members of the grade level team to plan lessons, organize field trips, analyze data, etc.
Maintaining positive and productive relationships with families by conducting home visits, calling every family at least once every month, sending home a classroom newsletter once a month, etc.
Administering one-on-one assessments throughout the year (reading, etc.).
Planning and implementing an elective class for 45 minutes a day, four times a week (for Elementary and the Adolescent Community only).
Communicating effectively with students, families, and other staff.
Assuming other duties as they become necessary in a flexible, start-up environment.
Our Schedule & Calendar:
Lead Teachers arrive by 7:15am. Once a week, they check-in with their associates/assistants from 7:30am-8am.
Each day, family arrival time is from 7:45-8:00am. Children head directly to their classrooms to greet their community and begin the day.
Departure time is from 3:15-3:30pm (Children’s House) and 3:30-3:45pm (Elementary). On Fridays, school departure is at 1:45pm, so that staff can meet in Professional Learning Communities for the remainder of the afternoon.
School starts approximately three weeks before the local school district. Professional development begins two weeks prior to that.
We follow a modified schedule with 1-2 week breaks in October, November, December, and March, as well as 6-7 weeks of summer break for guides. Approximately 1-2 days of Fall Break and Spring Break will be devoted to Professional Development.
Step One: Submit an application that includes the following components:
Cover letter addressing the following:
Which grade level are you applying for? Primary (pre-K3, pre-K4, and K), Lower Elementary (1-3), or Upper Elementary (4-6)?
Why do you want to work at Magnolia Montessori For All?
How did you hear about the position?
What is your current salary?
Any additional information you would like to add. * Notes: Please submit the resume and cover letter as a single attachment. E-mail it with the subject line: YOUR-LASTNAME – Lead Teacher Application to careers AT montessoriforall.org.
Step Two: Selected candidates will be invited to the semifinal round, which includes completing a performance task related to the roles and responsibilities of the position. Final details of what to expect during this round will be sent to selected participants.
Step Three: Upon completion of the semifinal round, selected candidates will be invited to the final round. The final round will consist of an onsite interview with the leadership team, guides, and families.
Final Verification: Reference check
Statement of Non-Discrimination:
Montessori For All is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Join our team at the first free, public Montessori school in Austin, TX !
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $44,000.00 – $48,000.00 per year
Paid time off
Monday to Friday
About Magnolia Montessori For All
Austin's first free, public Montessori school serving a diverse by design population of children PK3-6th grade.