The Classroom Assistant assists the Head Teacher to guide the children's activities academically, emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment that challenges each child to reach his/her fullest potential. The Classroom Assistant is directly accountable to the Head Teacher and assists in upholding the purpose, standards and policies of RPMS as outlined in the Parent and Employee Handbooks. The Classroom Assistant is expended to conduct himself/herself in an ethical and business professional manner at all times. The Classroom Assistant must maintain all personal information about children, families, organizational issues and other school matters as confidential.
Classroom Responsibilities: Assist in the care and maintenance of classroom materials. Assist in maintaining an orderly environment, keeping it clean and sanitary, and in good aesthetic shape, allowing the children to share this responsibility when possible. Assist in maintaining an inventory of the classroom yearly. Assist in training and supervising children in the execution of fire drills, including the routing and building exits. Protect the privacy and working atmosphere of the class at all times.
Record Keeping and Reporting Responsibilities: Assist in maintaining curriculum planning, observational and academic records, attendance, and progress reports for each student. Report any and all accidents immediately. Prepare a written report stating the date, time and nature of accident, including action taken. Notify Head Teacher.
Communicate any and all unusual or observable incidents immediately to the Head Teacher.
Interaction with Children Responsibilities: Provide a positive role model for the children in attitude, speech and attire, treating all children with dignity and respect. Develop a positive rapport with children. Encourage uninvolved children to participate, balancing time between children working and involving children who are not. Model a respectful, quiet speaking voice. Communicate effectively with children. Interact regularly with the children by introducing materials, allowing the children to work independently without interrupting concentration, observing at a distance and helping children as necessary. Oversee the safety and physical well-being of the children at all times.
General Administration Responsibilities: Assist the Head Teacher in implementing school policies and procedures, adult orientation and educational design as requested. Attend staff meetings and other school meetings as required. Prepare annual goals, participate in self-evaluations, and consult with the Head Teacher regarding professional growth and development. Assist with other projects, programs and planning as assigned by the Head Teacher, Program Director or Principal. Comply with all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook. Adhere to AMS guidelines and professional standards.
Bachelor’s degree and two years of teaching experience, including two years of experience teaching children in a Montessori School, daycare program or other school environment is required. Applicants must be able to fulfill requirements of all state and local licensing agencies affecting Rogers Park Montessori School. This currently includes ability to complete CPR certification, vaccinations requirements, Health form, 15 hours of in-service training, food handling, and DCFS background check.
If offered employment must have legal right to work in U.S. Any applicant who is interested in this position may apply by emailing their resume and letter of interest to Ben Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org.