Overview

Prime functions

●        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.

 

 

Qualifications

 

●        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.

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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.