Lower Elementary Montessori Guide

Tree of Life Charter School
January 30, 2019
Job Type
Street Address
241 Ford Rd.


This position begins in August 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Likely starting date will be August 14, 2019.

Tree of Life Montessori Charter School




The Montessori Teacher/Guide is a guide who helps direct her/his students' activities academically, emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment that challenges each student to reach her/his fullest developmental potential in accordance with Montessori philosophy, techniques, and procedures.


Basic Qualifications:

  1. BA or BS Minimum.
  2. Meet school/state education requirements, including TB screening.
  3. Montessori training required.
  4. Minimum of 2 years teaching experience, preferably in a Montessori school.
  5. State of California teaching credential or enrollment in a teaching preparation program.
  6. Submission of necessary documents to complete personnel file, including 3 references, copy of diplomas, copy of transcripts, fingerprint and DOJ clearance.

Salary Range: $42,000-$46,000 to start depending on education and credentials; 184 days/yr (175 instructional days); includes medical, dental, and vision benefits up to $7,000 per year; includes STRS pension

School will support Montessori-trained applicants in the process of obtaining the State of California credential through the CTIP program as interns and beginning teachers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In General:

  1. Become familiar with the School's philosophy, guidelines, and policies as outlined in the "Employee Handbook" and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Model integrity, kindness, creativity, responsibility, and respect for all persons, as well as appreciation for issues of race, culture, gender, and diversity.

Towards Students:

  1. Be responsible for the safety, well-being, and supervision of students.
  2. Prepare a progressive Montessori learning environment appropriate for the developmental needs of the students.
  3. Perform tasks necessary to maintain a clean, orderly, and attractive Montessori classroom, out-buildings, and school grounds environment with student assistance as appropriate.
  4. Perform tasks necessary for the regular inventory, maintenance, and necessary replacement of classroom materials and school equipment.
  5. Coordinate curriculum direction and implementation with the Principal.
  6. Work with students of various abilities assigned to a class, including those with special difficulties or needs. The teacher may be required to participate in meetings, training, and planning cooperatives to fully serve each student's needs.
  7. Develop and maintain goals and lesson plans for each student, in conjunction with the child and her/his parents.
  8. Keep ongoing records of each student's progress in different developmental areas.
  9. Prepare a written student evaluation of each child's academic, social, and physical development.
  10. Help plan and participate in school events and class field trips (including overnights) and act in a supervisory capacity at such events.
  11. Demonstrate rapport with, and respect and kindness for, students.


Towards Staff:

  1. Participate in the establishment and maintenance of an atmosphere of collegial support and adherence to professional standards.
  2. Assist in interviewing and hiring Instructional Assistants for her/his classroom.
  3. Supervise, train, and evaluate the Instructional Assistants.
  4. Orient substitute teachers and classroom visitors.
  5. Attend appropriate faculty meetings, conferences, inservices, and other training programs.
  6. Complete an annual self-evaluation and review with Principal.
  7. Notify the Principal and/or Board in a timely manner of personal or professional difficulties with school, families, students, or staff, and work with them to resolve such problems.


Towards Parents:

  1. Understand and promote the School's mission, purposes, objectives, and policies to parents in a positive and supportive manner.
  2. Provide reasonable availability, contact, and communication with parents, and foster relationships with parents characterized by mutual respect and goodwill.
  3. Review students' evaluations with parents in twice yearly family conferences.
  4. Participate in and contribute to a regular program of parent education.


The Teacher/Guide shall perform her/his duties subject to the general supervision of the Board and shall abide by all reasonable rules, regulations, and policies promulgated by the Board.

About Tree of Life Charter School:

Tree of Life was founded in 2000 in Ukiah in beautiful Mendocino County, one hour’s drive north of Santa Rosa, by supportive families who wanted a Montessori educational program for their children. The facility is located on the Redwood Empire Fairground and currently enrolls between 80-90 students. Its charter has been renewed three times by Ukiah Unified School District. Tree of Life is a National Green School that uses only environmentally friendly cleaning products and has an active recycling and gardening program. Peace education and non-violent communication and conflict resolution strategies are included in our program. The school is intentionally small to promote a sense of community and caring.

The parents and families of the school are strongly involved in volunteer activities and fundraising for the school. They help out with field trip driving, site beautification, classroom projects, listening to students read, and after school clubs.

Tree of Life staff members come from a variety of backgrounds, share many interests and talents, and are highly supportive of each other. Currently the staff uses Montessori Compass for online recordkeeping and progress reports. The staff meets together weekly to do planning, problem solving, in-house training, sharing ideas and strategies, and providing support.

We welcome you to visit our school community and invite you to send us your resume.


Tree of Life Charter School

PO Box 966 (241 Ford Rd.)

Ukiah, CA 95482




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