Children’s House Lead Guide

Children’s House (Primary) Lead Guide Job Description for New Children’s House Classroom

Reports to: Children’s House Director

The Greenspring Montessori School Children’s House Lead Guide is a loving, experienced, and mature leader with a deep commitment to implementing authentic Montessori practice. We are starting a new Children’s House classroom to be made up of only three-year old students in 2019-20. The classroom will then become a three and four-year old classroom in 2020-21 and a classroom featuring the full three-year cycle in 2021-22.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Classroom:  

  • Cultivate a nurturing, respectful, inspiring, empowering and safe learning environment.
  • Put the child at the center of each moment.  Always operate with the individual child as your guide.  What does he need?  What is he telling me?  What sensitive period is he communicating?  How can I be the dynamic link to the environment to meet this child’s unique needs?
  • Know and honor each child, cultivating and celebrating his/her strengths, and gracefully supporting areas of struggle and challenge.
  • Provide and support deeply engaging learning experiences in accordance with authentic Montessori philosophy and practice.
  • Cultivate and generate a completely student-led environment, filled with independence, concentration, wonder, and joy.
  • Create a rich culture of grace and courtesy in the classroom.
  • Collaborate and support guides throughout the school to effectively develop, share and participate in learning activities and community events.
  • Create a beautiful and inspiring Montessori prepared environment.
  • Assure that Montessori methods, classroom environment, and individual student needs are well addressed.
  • Prepare the Outdoor Learning Environment and utilize this space as appropriate.
  • Lesson plan weekly to ensure each child’s unique needs are being met in each area of the curriculum with lessons that support and generate curiosity and wonder, a deep love of learning, and strong academic skills.
  • Keep accurate records, updated weekly, on individual students’ development and needs.
  • Provide supervision over the classroom community and students’ work, with a keen awareness of the functioning of the whole while also paying attention to individual and small group needs.
  • Strive to observe for at least 15 minutes a day, and record these observations.
  • Following the Student Support Protocol for students that present needs.
  • Model and teach appropriate conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies.

Student Family and Support:

  • Ensure warm and effective connection between home and school, and support ongoing communication among the triad of parents, students, and the teaching team.
  • Educate and fully support full parent understanding of the beauty and importance of Montessori Education on the spiritual, academic, emotional, and social development for the young child.
  • Provide parent-teacher conferences twice a year to provide feedback on students’ intellectual, emotional, and social development.
  • Create well written, educational and insightful progress reports and newsletters.
  • Provide well-written, insightful updates to parents, using the school’s chosen program and adhering to the guidelines and schedule agreed upon by the Direct of Education and Guides. Guides will be expected to write at least one philosophy piece per year (or more, depending on the size of the level team).
  • Participate in and lead inspiring parent education events.
  • Respond to parent inquiries in a timely fashion, and respectfully and effectively.
  • Build strong partnerships with your parents.
  • Support communication with parents according to school guidelines.
  • Ensure successful transition of students to the next level of programming.

Professional and Personal Growth:

  • Model lifelong learning and meet professional development requirements.
  • Be a life-long learner, taking full responsibility for your own self-awareness, spirituality, and growth and development.
  • Be deeply committed to constantly deepening your understanding of authentic Montessori practice, and implementing the method rigorously and precisely in your classroom and beyond.
  • Attend professional development workshops outside of school.
  • Create yearly professional goals in partnership with the Educational Director to be supported by your professional development.
  • Peer coach, as observer and instructor.
  • Observe within the Greenspring Montessori School community and a school outside of the Greenspring community.
  • Read at least one book a year to further your understanding of and practice in Montessori education.
  • Be open-minded and work in collaboration with the Director of Education and outside consultants to best support students.
  • Seek resources for those areas of instruction or curriculum that are not your strengths.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the efficient and effective management of the school.
  • Follow protocols for managing information (i.e., attendance, record keeping) and completing requests (i.e., purchase orders, supplies, personal days), etc., as further detailed in Employee Handbook.
  • Observe and meet all school deadlines (i.e. submitting classroom newsletters, preparing progress reports, etc.).
  • Attend all required staff meetings and special events.
  • Maintain open communication with administration and colleagues and voice concerns to and seek help from administration in a timely and positive manner.
  • Continuously and effectively work with and train assistants in Montessori method and child development.
  • Offer leadership and mentorship to assistants, including support with and follow up on goal setting and providing insightful and inspiring evaluations.
  • Respond to e-mails within 24 hours – weekends excluded.  Copy Head of School and/or Director of Education (as appropriate) on concerning e-mails.

Community Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Support the school community as a model and leader of Montessori principles and professionalism.
  • Set and lead team meetings twice a month with classroom staff.
  • Attend all level meetings, and participate fully, sharing your full intelligence and experience, and offering your full support to the success and well-being of the GMS community.  Ensure that each meeting has minutes generated that are shared with the Director of Education.
  • Support classroom assistants in goal setting, and offer consistent and supportive feedback to support the assistants’ growth and development.
  • Train assistants to be fully supportive and aligned with Montessori practice in the classroom, on the playgrounds, and in the GMS community.
  • Take full responsibility for creating a beautifully prepared classroom with a fully educated, supportive and prepared classroom team.
  • Provide positive and critical feedback (opportunities for growth and development!), support and evaluations for assisting team.
  • Be a role model for Montessori to our students, staff, and community at all times.
  • Be an unwavering stand for GMS, and who we are as a community and school, and our commitment to authentic Montessori practice.
  • Never take things personally. Always take the high road, coming to each conversation in partnership and with a sense of purpose towards common goals.
  • Communicate openly, compassionately, and proactively.

COMPETENCIES

  • Adhere to American Montessori Society guidelines and standards as an accredited school, for the purpose of maintaining quality and excellence.
  • Promote professionalism and ethical standards in all relationships in the school.
  • Willingness to work hard and as part of a team for a common goal

POSITION DETAILS

This is a 10-month, full-time position. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to assist with special eventsBenefits include health, dental, paid sick days and holidays, and 50% tuition remission for qualified dependents. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • BA/BS Degree 
  • AMI or AMS Montessori Primary Teaching Credential
  • Minimum of two years of Montessori Lead Teaching experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to Montessori Philosophy
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance whole school learning environment and community
  • Outstanding communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Commitment to professional development and best practices in education
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of each child

Preferred:

  • Master’s Degree

Authorization to work in the United States is a pre-condition of employment at Greenspring Montessori School.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to employment@greenspringmontessori.org.