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A career at Westside Montessori School is highlighted by our diverse, tight-knit community, consisting of approximately 35 women and men, educated throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. We look closely at the qualifications and education of all applicants to determine suitability, with preference given to candidates with advanced degrees, phenomenal teaching experience, and a desire to continue learning.

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Benefits

Westside Montessori School has designed a program of benefits to help provide for the well-being of employees and their families, which include a competitive compensation and benefits package (medical, vision, dental, and 401k), generous time off, and several professional development opportunities.

Job Opportunities

Role Title: Assistant Head of School

Fair Labor Standards Act Classification: Exempt, 12-month position

Reports To: Head of School

Westside Montessori School (WMS) is searching for an Assistant Head of School. WMS is searching for candidates who are passionate about collaborating with and supporting teachers and school staff. The Assistant Head of School prospect should have a personal educational philosophy that aligns with Montessori principles. We are particularly interested in candidates who have instructional coaching experience and Montessori teaching experience. In addition, strong candidates will possess knowledge of and experience with best practices in school improvement processes. Candidates who are team-oriented, systems-oriented, lifelong learners, and committed to culturally affirming school culture and instruction are encouraged to apply.

Primary Functions

• Leads the program’s quality assurance process for curriculum and instruction (tier 1 instruction)
• Engages teachers and teaching assistants in an instructional coaching cycle based on Montessori principles and research-supported best practices
• Collaborates with the Head of School on policy analysis
• Collaborates with the Head of School and administrative team in building systems and procedures that align with policy
• Collaborates closely with the Head of School and Student Support Director on instructional programming
• Continues to support teachers’ proficiency in data-based (qualitative and quantitative) instructional decision-making
• Observes classroom instruction to gather data used to inform individual staff coaching plans
• Maintains student privacy and communicates the importance of student privacy to staff.
• Facilitation of Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings
• Develops the yearly professional development calendar in collaboration with the Head of School and the Student Support Director
• Professional development on a variety of topics, including best practices in Montessori education, culturally responsive curriculum, curriculum modification to meet diverse student needs and other related topics
• Leads and collaborates with staff in the admissions process
• Supports and collaborates with various stakeholders in the school accreditation process
• IOWA testing coordinator
• Staffs classrooms with substitutes when necessary

Qualifications

The well-grounded candidate will have the following qualifications:

• Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction
• Montessori Teaching Certification and/or Experience teaching in a Montessori classroom
• Passion and commitment to the principles and goals of Montessori education
• Has demonstrated the ability to work effectively under the direction of others
• Has demonstrated the ability to work cooperatively with others
• Has willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
• Ability to adapt to the changing needs of children and the school environment
• Ability to work collaboratively with students, families, and other staff members
• Experience coaching, motivating, and influencing others
• Is well-organized and has strong time management skills

Westside Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admission or in the administration of any of its programs.

Please email your resume and cover letter to david@westsidemontessori.com. Apply online at https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3636506271.

Role Title: Teacher
Fair Labor Standards Act Classification: Exempt, academic-year (10-month) position Reports To: Head of School
Hours: Varies based on teaching assignment

Westside Montessori School (WMS) is looking for teachers for the 2023-2024 school year. WMS is searching for educators who have a personal educational philosophy that aligns with Montessori principles. We are particularly interested in faculty members who are committed to culturally responsive and culturally affirming school culture and instruction. We are looking for faculty members who are willing to share their experience with students, teach elective courses, travel, and lead extra-curricular activities aligned with their personal interests.

Summary
A full-time teaching position responsible for instruction and assessment in an authentic, multi-age level Montessori classroom. This role includes, but is not limited to:
• Modeling and fostering a sense of community
• Modeling and fostering a developmentally appropriate degree of independence
• Using Montessori pedagogy and materials for instruction and assessment
• Engaging in collaboration with all faculty members
• Mentoring and guiding students in their academic and social development
• Liaising with the Student Support team to support the neurodiversity in student learners • Cultivating productive relationships with our community partner organizations
• Report to work on a regular and punctual basis
• Enthusiasm for participating in curricular travel opportunities is a plus

Qualifications
The well-grounded candidate will have experience teaching students in the multiple content areas and possess classroom management skills and approaches in line with Montessori education. We are looking for people who possess:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Teaching credentials
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
• A deep knowledge of assigned content areas
• A lifelong desire for continuous personal growth and professional learning
• The ability to creatively match academic and real-world challenges to a variety of student skill levels • The ability to create a learning environment that engages students
• Commitment to the principles and goals of Montessori education

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree
• Montessori teaching credential from an AMS, NCME, or AMI education program (or any other MACTE accredited course)

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
• Regularly sit, talk, and listen.
• Regularly uses close and distance vision • Travel, possibly internationally

Westside Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admission or in the administration of any of its programs.

Please email your resume and cover letter to david@westsidemontessori.com.

Role Title: Toddler Classroom Assistant Teacher

Fair Labor Standards Act Classification: Non-Exempt, 12-month position

Reports To: Head of School

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Westside Montessori School (WMS) is looking for a Toddler Classroom Assistant Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. WMS is searching for candidates who enjoy and are passionate about working with children 18 months to 3 years old. Candidates who have an interest in working in and learning about a classroom that follows Montessori principles are encouraged to apply.

Summary

The Toddler Assistant Teacher is a full-time position responsible for assisting the Toddler Lead Teacher. This role includes, but is not limited to:

• Helping with daily activities including snack and lunch set up and clean up, dressing and undressing, toilet, nap time, music and art, practical life activities, sensorial work and cooking projects and outdoor play.
• Ensuring a continuous flow of the classroom when the Lead Teacher is giving lessons to individual students or to small groups
• Modeling and fostering a developmentally appropriate level of independence for Toddlers
• Learning and using a Montessori approach, emphasizing hands-on learning with Toddlers
• Engaging in collaboration with all faculty members
• Encouraging and teaching children to interact with each other in kind and gentle ways
• Helping to maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards
• Respects and protects the privacy of children, parents, and staff. Professional Responsibility
• Follows the guidance of the Lead Teacher

Qualifications

The well-grounded candidate will have experience working with younger children students. We are looking for people who possess:

• High school diploma
• A lifelong desire for continuous personal growth and professional learning
• The ability to support a learning environment that engages students
• Commitment to the principles and goals of Montessori education
• US work authorization

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

• Regularly sit, stand, talk, and listen
• Regularly uses close and distance vision
• Regularly walks to help transition students from classroom to classroom
• Active supervision of children in indoor and outdoor spaces

Please email your resume and cover letter to wms@westsidemontessori.com and be sure to include any teaching/education experience you have.

Westside Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admission or in the administration of any of its programs.

Classroom Substitute Teachers

The person(s) selected for this position will be called upon on an as-needed basis when a classroom teacher or classroom assistant is absent. We have a student population ranging from 18 months through eighth grade.

The successful candidate(s) must have a high school diploma and must have previous experience in a licensed education facility or school. Some college is preferred. The person(s) selected will exhibit a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children, parents, and other employees, exhibit proficient written and oral English communication skills, be willing to fulfill the responsibilities in accordance with the Montessori philosophy of the school, and, most importantly, be willing and able to come to work on short notice.

Please email your resume and cover letter to wms@westsidemontessori.com and be sure to include any teaching/education experience you have.

Compensation: Starting hourly wage is $12-$14/hour based on education and experience

Employment Type: Part-time

Westside Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admission or in the administration of any of its programs.