$25,000.00 – $35,000.00 per year
Benefits: Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement plan, Professional development assistance
Millhopper Montessori School, an AMS-affiliated and FCIS-accredited school serving ages 2 through 8th grade in Gainesville, Florida, is seeking a dynamic, warm, and experienced Montessori certified teacher to lead our Beginner’s classroom of children 2-4 years old. A demonstrated love and understanding of the young child, as well as the desire to work in a collaborative, close-knit community atmosphere is a must.
The lead teacher is responsible for designing and implementing daily curriculum and schedules that meet the developmental needs of each child while working with two assistant teachers to provide a stable, gentle, and safe Montessori environment. The lead teacher will present lessons in the Montessori materials and will oversee appropriate socialization and interaction, applying observational skills and teaching strategies that support and facilitate the unique growth of each individual child. The lead teacher must communicate regularly with parents, administration, and staff regarding student progress and concerns, and daily, monthly, and yearly activities.
Duties & Responsibilities:
· Embody the Montessori philosophy and model it for the child through one’s own actions, demonstrating a gentle body, kind voice, and gentle hands during the day, treating all students and community members with dignity and respect
· Create clear expectations for students during different times of the day including playground, work cycle, and specialty teachers’ group times, and enforce rules and expectations consistently
· Maintain a clean, organized, and functional classroom environment, changing lessons and work regularly to meet the needs of the children
· Plan monthly unit studies, as well as classroom activities in art, music, movement, and cultural areas
· Give group and individual lessons during work cycle, following the sequence & scope as appropriate for each child
· Encourage age-appropriate independence, self-direction, and self-reliance in the students
· Keep open lines of communication between class and home, with the front office, and with other teachers regularly and in a timely manner
· Conduct ongoing observations and assessments and communicate student progress and concerns with parents and administration as needed; maintain accurate student records and reports, as well as complete report card forms and arrange conference times twice a year to discuss report cards with parents
· Be a positive face of the school in interaction with all parents, co-workers, and community members
· Educate parents about the Montessori curriculum and philosophy
· Embrace and encourage the development of the Whole Child by monitoring, observing, directing, and documenting the social, educational, & physical development of all students
· Conduct oneself professionally at all times through one’s dress, punctuality, speech, and actions
· Continually seek to improve and grow professionally through the pursuit of professional development and continuing education regarding current best practices
· Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
· Minimum AS two-year degree in early childhood education, BA or BS four-year degree or higher preferred; preference for candidates with a background in education, child development, or related field
· Infant/Toddler and/or Early Childhood Montessori Certification from a MACTE (preferably AMS) accredited training center (or working toward completion of a program/willingness to enroll in a program prior to start of school year)
· Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with children 2-4 years old; preference for candidates with experience in a Montessori Toddler/Early Childhood classroom
· Must pass Florida DCF Background Screening with a status of Eligible for Childcare
· Current Staff Credential necessary as defined by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) (or willingness to complete the online training within 3 months of hiring)
· Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification (or willingness to complete certification by the start of the school year)
· Physical ability to work on the floor, sit, pick up a young child if needed, lift up to 50lbs
Ability to work 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, school days to be decided by the yearly school calendar, attend pre and post planning days, attend staff professional development meetings one day per month 3:30pm-5:30pm, also attending two Parent Nights per year, report card conferences, a parent orientation and Open House, four PTO meetings per year, and any other events announced by administration over the course of the school year
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About Millhopper Montessori Shool
The mission of Millhopper Montessori School, LLC, is to provide education that is integrative, evolving, and grounded in respect for individual students and their intrinsic motivation to develop their mental, physical, and emotional abilities. This mission is achieved by the Head of School, administrative staff, and faculty team, and reinforced by support from parents. A distinctive blend of 21st century education practices, family atmosphere, and Montessori philosophy epitomizes “The Millhopper Way.”
A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
Millhopper Montessori School has enjoyed a reputation of quality and goodwill since 1977. As the school expands to meet its goals, the commitment to remaining a high quality school with a family-style atmosphere holds a top priority. MMS is based on the Montessori philosophy as well as other methodologies. It offers an educationally challenging learning environment. The teaching staff is comprised of teachers holding credentials in Montessori (Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School), Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. The student-teacher ratio is approximately one teacher per twelve students (One teacher per eight students for toddlers).There is no discrimination in employment regarding race, creed, political affiliation, marital, sexual orientation, gender, or number of dependents. A staff that is representative of both men and women and of varied religious, racial, and cultural backgrounds is encouraged for the good of the students, their parents, and the community, as well as the faculty itself.
Millhopper Montessori School recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of their inaugural school year, the class of 1977-1978. At the age of 25, with just one other teacher and 24 students ages 2 1/2 to 5, Christina Miller opened her Montessori school in one room in the back of Parkview Baptist Church. In 1989, after 10 years at a cottage on NW 23rd Avenue, Christina expanded MMS to the five-acre campus on NW 39th Avenue where they remain to this day. Today, she is still the school’s director and is one of the 4th/5th grade teachers, truly embracing the Montessori hands-on approach.
When Millhopper Montessori opened, I-75 was in the middle of nowhere and the Oaks Mall had just opened. In the years since then, the school has grown along with Gainesville. When reflecting on the changes the school has undergone over the years, Miller remarked, “It’s everything I’ve dreamed of all my life. When we were in the early years, every day, I told myself, ‘All fear of expansion is released’. I said it every day and I believed in it. I believe that you can direct the circumstances of your life. And children can, too. They’re so underestimated, and that’s part of the reason I do what I do.”
From their humble beginnings, Millhopper Montessori has gone through multiple expansions. There was significant growth in the student body and the addition of two buildings in the 1990’s when The Little House for ages 2 through 4 and the middle school were added. They currently serve approximately 220 students ages 2 through 8th grade with a complete 21st century, STEAM-focused Montessori curriculum. Many of the teachers and staff have been there for over 20 years. There are alumni who have joined the staff and second generations of students attending the school. They are one of only two area schools to be accredited with the Florida Council of Independent Schools and they are affiliated with the American Montessori Society.