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Montessori Toddler Teacher

Category: Montessori
School: LePort Montessori
Location: Irvine, CA
Date Opened: May 20, 2021
Job ID: 6942

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Description

Montessori Head Teachers report directly to the campus Head of School, and lead Montessori classrooms for one of the following age groups: Toddlers (18 months to 3 years). This position exercises discretion and independent judgment to lead classes, prepare the Montessori classroom environment, create materials and activities, manage one or more Assistant Teachers and/or Floaters, handle complex parent and student issues, participate in campus events and community building; and perform other 

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 & Parent Education:
  • Communicate proactively with parents on an informal basis, including emails, verbal conversations, and active posting on Transparent Classroom and Facebook 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 method and provide a window into the classroom
  • Participate as needed in outreach and community building events such as open houses and holiday celebrations
Professional Development:
  • Participate in periodic professional development opportunities
  • Participate in observations with other teachers and staff (both as the observer and as the observed)
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 Head of School meetings, etc.)
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Montessori diploma for the appropriate age group, from any AMI Montessori teacher training program worldwide
  • Experience and proven success in working with the particular age group
  • 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 him with the individual support he needs to overcome his personal challenges
  • Palpable warmth of spirit and benevolence towards children, parents, and colleagues
  • Growth mindset and problem-solving approach
  • Ability to embrace and exemplify LePort Schools’ “Core Values”
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