Lead Montessori Elementary Teacher-Anchorage Montessori School

Anchorage Montessori School
Job Description
Anchorage Montessori School is seeking a dedicated educator to lead our upper elementary classroom of 9 to 12 year old students starting on August 13, 2018. This is an academic year position.   Montessori certification preferred.

Job Summary
The Lead Teachers are responsible for leading the implementation of the instructional program in the Lower and Upper Elementary Classrooms. The lead teacher is responsible for providing a safe, child-centered, research -aligned program that promotes the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of our students.  The lead teacher is responsible for leading the planning and implementation of the Montessori core program and creating powerful learning experiences for your cohort of students in partnership with your assistant teacher.
Reports to: Executive Director
Key Responsibilities:
  • Strong understanding of Montessori methods and able to effectively integrate other best practices with the Montessori method
  • Strong understanding of literacy and math development in children and able to build children’s individualized learning plans that identify their current level of development
  • Strong understanding of how to use multiple forms of assessment in informing and driving instruction
  • Able to build rapport with children of all ages; strong understanding of child and adolescent development
  • Passion for teaching and working with students from different experiences, languages and backgrounds
  • Driven adult learner dedicated to his or her own professional growth with an inquiry orientation to his or her own practice
  • Able to lead a team and effectively maximize adults and supports in a classroom setting
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to participating in cooperative effort to proliferate the mission and objectives of Anchorage Montessori School (AMS) combining a sense of humor, high ethical professional standards, and equity perspective
  • Able to work in a creative and demanding learning environment, including the ability to problem-solve and manage ambiguity and adversity
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of commitment; ability to work as part of a team
Duties:
  • Takes leadership in guiding support staff; ensures all adults are maximized in the classroom*
  • Establishes a classroom environment that fosters curiosity, self-control and kindness
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and supports Anchorage Montessori School’s mission, vision and values
  • Establishes a classroom environment that is organized and engaging, with systems and procedures that manage student behavior, movement, and learning
  • Partners effectively with the teacher assistant to ensure children are growing and achieving at high levels
  • Establishes a strong classroom culture where children can reach their potential by setting high expectations for themselves and others
  • Establishes a classroom culture that allows the children to become self-motivated and self-directed, have an appreciation for themselves and their communities, and where children value and love learning
  • Plan and execute small and whole group lesson plans and classroom activities consistent with Montessori philosophy AMS instructional guidelines
  • Assesses students in accordingly and examines student data, and refines lesson plans to differentiate instruction for each student
  • Collaborates with AMS team to improve own and others’ instructional practices; shares learning and best practices
  • Actively participates in all professional development activities
  • Demonstrates knowledge of, and support AMS’ standards, policies, operating instructions, confidentiality protocols, and maintains ethical standards
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent)
  • AMI or AMS Montessori diploma for the appropriate age group
  • 3+ years of Montessori teaching experience at the upper elementary level preferred
  • Passion for the Montessori philosophy; excellence communicating this philosophy to parents and community
  • Genuine warmth and love for guiding children and their families
  • Ability and interest in working as a team with families and colleagues to deliver a robust, high-quality educational program
  • An open mind
Job Type: Full-time Exempt
Salary:  DOE
Benefits Package:  Subsidized medical, dental vision insurance, life insurance, optional 403B
 
 
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