● Maintain the Montessori Classroom environment
o Assist in establishing and maintaining the Montessori classroom culture, paying particular attention to the needs of the students.
o Prepare and maintain the environment, observe behaviors, model appropriate and respectful behaviors, preserve and protect lessons, and assist in the development of independence.
o Support the emotional wellbeing of students and promote a safe, open, and positive learning community.”
o Engage students within the classroom by interacting and thinking about what is happening around them.
o Clean-up of the classroom, ensuring that it is always tidy.
● Provide support to the Lead Montessori Teacher
o Carefully observe and keep records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom, always being available to offer gentle guidance.
o Assist individual students in performing activities initiated by the teachers in small group or one on one setting.
o Repeat what the teacher said and re-explain each step of an assignment.
o Supervise children in the hall, playground, bathroom (if necessary), and/or extended day programming.
o Inform the lead teacher of any classroom difficulties including discipline, health, equipment needs, repair, and maintenance.
o Assist in preparation/production of instructional materials.
o Perform clerical tasks, i.e. typing and duplicating.
o Work with the teacher to develop classroom schedules, modify materials.
o Assist teacher in observing, recording, and charting behavior
o Implement behavior management strategies and plans.
o Meet regularly with the lead teacher to discuss goals for the class and individual students
o Share all information from parents with lead teacher
o Assist in organizing field trips
o Read aloud or listen to children read
o Hand out papers and collect paper work
o Supervise free play activities
● Function as a part of the School Team
o Participate in weekly staff meetings, school events, and conferences.
o Keep information confidential.
o Be professional and positive in all dealings with students and parents.
● Be at least 18 years of age
● Have a high school diploma
● Be capable of physically assisting students with special needs as required (positioning, lifting, transferring, restraining, etc.) Able to lift up to 50 lbs on a daily basis
● Have demonstrated ability to work effectively under the direction of others
● Have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
● Have willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
● Ability to adapt to the changing needs of children and the school environment
● Training, instruction, or licensure in the following areas: a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development or related field, preferred.
● Special Education Program Aide License (PI-1622) issued by WI DPI, or ability to obtain one at the candidates expense.
● Passion for Montessori philosophy, combined with excellence in communicating this philosophy to parents and other community members, preferred.
● Outstanding classroom management that relies on positive and proactive reinforcement of high behavioral standards.
● Ability to work with students of all abilities, but especially students with physical, emotional, and/or cognitive disabilities in an inclusive classroom environment.
● Ability to work collaboratively with students, families, and other staff members.
About Penfield Montessori Academy
Penfield Montessori Academy (PMA) is an innovative, independent, public, urban Charter School with an inclusive Montessori framework. The Vision for (PMA), a K3-8th grade school includes: Lead with Love, Grow with Us, Better Together, Do What it Takes and Be Present.
The mission is to provide solid academic, social/emotional and health experiences for students of all abilities to be best prepared to enter high school. The pillars of the school include: Inclusive Montessori Education, Family Engagement and Health and Wellness.
PMA, established in 2016, is an inquiry and observation-based learning environment where students are guided with personalized instruction. PMA is chartered through the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. PMA is a membership nonprofit organization with one member, Penfield Children’s Center.