Paché Montessori Cobble Hill is seeking a Lead Guides for the 2020/21 school year. Our anti-bias, antiracist Montessori school focuses on community growth, collaboration and unity through shared values rooted in empathy and peace. With lots of space in south Brooklyn, including two private outdoor spaces, our prepared school environment is fully equipped with materials and supplies to deliver a quality experience for children 3 months to 6 years old in English and full Spanish Immersion. Join a team of like-minded individuals pursuing our spiritual preparation together with frequent professional development opportunities along with personal growth investment to build a foundation together to change the world through the peaceful education of children.

Our community is seeking a Montessori-trained Children’s House Lead Guide for our Spanish Immersion classroom. This position exercises discretion and independent judgment to lead classes, prepare the Montessori classroom environment, create materials and activities, directly supervises and manages one or more Assistant Teachers and/or Floaters, handle complex parent and student issues, participate in campus events and community building, etc.

Lead the Montessori Classroom

  • Design and actively refine/maintain the Montessori classroom “prepared environment” for the child to explore, creating materials and designing activities as necessary for the success of the classroom
  • Give sequential Montessori presentations, according to the individual needs and progress of each child, and in accordance with the AMI Montessori teaching method
  • Track individual child progress
  • Create and maintain a safe, joyful, positive atmosphere for the children
  • Carefully observe individual children to gain insight into their needs, and problem solve their challenges in order to meet those needs
  • Be a positive leader for one or more Assistant Teachers and/or Floaters who will support the classroom

Parent Communication and Parent Education

  • Communicate proactively with parents on an informal basis, including emails, verbal conversations, and active Facebook posting on the campus closed Facebook group
  • Write progress reports twice per year
  • Conduct parent / teacher conferences twice per year
  • Hold one-on-one meetings with parents as necessary to meet the needs of individual children
  • Write class newsletters in accordance with the normal campus practice
  • Participate in Parent Education Events to educate parents and families about the

Montessori Outreach

  • Participate as needed in outreach and community building events such as open houses and holiday celebrations
  • Participate in local charitable initiatives to spread your passion, knowledge and love of Montessori pedagogy to groups and individuals who otherwise do not have the opportunity

Professional Development

  • Participate in periodic professional development opportunities, including travel to AMI or AMS annual conferences
  • Small personal development budget for pursuing spiritual preparation activities including yoga, meditation, courses and more
  • Participate in observations with other teachers and staff (both as the observer and as the observed)
  • Offer training and resources to Associate Guides

Academic Administration

  • Engage in various administrative activities that support the school’s academic programs (e.g. planning for events, participating in staff meetings or one-on-one meetings, etc.)

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Montessori diploma for the appropriate age group, from any AMI, AMS or MACTE Montessori teacher training program worldwide
  • Spanish fluency
  • Experience and proven success in working with children 3-6 years old
  • Actively antiracist and anti-biased
  • Passion for the Montessori philosophy, combined with excellence in communicating about the Montessori method to parents and community members
  • Desire and ability to partner effectively with parents in “following the child”, to thoughtfully provide them with the individual support needed to overcome his personal challenges
  • Palpable warmth of spirit and benevolence towards children, parents, and colleagues
  • Growth mindset and problem-solving approach; excited and eager to collaborate with community
  • Ability to embrace and exemplify Paché Montessori Cobble Hill’s “Core Values”
  • Technologically comfortable with systems such as Google Suite, Transparent Classroom, and more
  • Creative, innovative and excited to individualize classroom approach tailored to each student
  • Positive outlook, embracing challenges to find solutions together while identifying growth and learning opportunities along the way

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • NY State Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Three years experience as a Lead Guide in a Montessori classroom

About Paché Montessori

Anti-bias, antiracist Montessori school in Cobble Hill offering English and Spanish Immersion programming for Infants (3 months) through Kindergarten.