Beginner’s Class Lead Teacher

Millhopper Montessori Shool
February 14, 2020
Job Type
Street Address
8505 NW 39th Avenue


Job Description

Millhopper Montessori School, an AMS-affiliated and FCIS-accredited school serving ages 2 through 8th grade in Gainesville, Florida, is seeking a dynamic, warm, and experienced Montessori certified teacher to lead our Beginner’s classroom of children 2-4 years old. A demonstrated love and understanding of the young child, as well as the desire to work in a collaborative, close-knit community atmosphere, is a must.

The lead teacher is responsible for designing and implementing a daily curriculum and schedules that meet the developmental needs of each child while working with two assistant teachers to provide a stable, gentle, and safe Montessori environment. The lead teacher will present lessons in the Montessori materials and will oversee appropriate socialization and interaction, applying observational skills and teaching strategies that support and facilitate the unique growth of each individual child. The lead teacher must communicate regularly with parents, administration, and staff regarding student progress and concerns, and daily, monthly, and yearly activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

· Embody the Montessori philosophy and model it for the child through one’s own actions, demonstrating a gentle body, kind voice, and gentle hands during the day, treating all students and community members with dignity and respect

· Create clear expectations for students during different times of the day including playground, work cycle, and specialty teachers’ group times, and enforce rules and expectations consistently

· Maintain a clean, organized, and functional classroom environment, changing lessons and work regularly to meet the needs of the children

· Plan monthly unit studies, as well as classroom activities in art, music, movement, and cultural areas

· Give group and individual lessons during work cycle, following the sequence & scope as appropriate for each child

· Encourage age-appropriate independence, self-direction, and self-reliance in the students

· Keep open lines of communication between class and home, with the front office, and with other teachers regularly and in a timely manner

· Conduct ongoing observations and assessments and communicate student progress and concerns with parents and administration as needed; maintain accurate student records and reports, as well as complete report card forms and arrange conference times twice a year to discuss report cards with parents

· Be a positive face of the school in interaction with all parents, co-workers, and community members

· Educate parents about the Montessori curriculum and philosophy

· Embrace and encourage the development of the Whole Child by monitoring, observing, directing, and documenting the social, educational, & physical development of all students

· Conduct oneself professionally at all times through one’s dress, punctuality, speech, and actions

· Continually seek to improve and grow professionally through the pursuit of professional development and continuing education regarding current best practices

· Other duties as assigned by the Head of School


· Minimum AS two-year degree in early childhood education, BA or BS four-year degree or higher preferred; preference for candidates with a background in education, child development, or related field

· Infant/Toddler and/or Early Childhood Montessori Certification from a MACTE (preferably AMS) accredited training center (or working toward completion of a program/willingness to enroll in a program prior to start of school year)

· Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with children 2-4 years old; preference for candidates with experience in a Montessori Toddler/Early Childhood classroom

· Must pass Florida DCF Background Screening with a status of Eligible for Childcare

· Current Staff Credential necessary as defined by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) (or willingness to complete the online training within 3 months of hiring)

· Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification (or willingness to complete certification by the start of the school year)

· Physical ability to work on the floor, sit, pick up a young child if needed, lift up to 50lbs
Ability to work 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, school days to be decided by the yearly school calendar, attend pre and post-planning days, attend staff professional development meetings one day per month 3:30pm-5:30pm, also attending two Parent Nights per year, report card conferences, a parent orientation and Open House, four PTO meetings per year, and any other events announced by administration over the course of the school year

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