Early School teachers maintain a learning environment consistent with the Montessori philosophy and that supports the Charlotte Preparatory School mission statement and upholds the Four Pillars of Leadership: Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, and Courage. The Lead Teacher instructs children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth in a developmentally appropriate manner by performing the following duties.
This is a ¾ time, 10-month position, which is eligible for benefits. General hours are 7:30-1:00 pm daily, with one extended day per week (until 4:30) for staff meetings.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Abide by all guidelines outlined in the school’s handbooks, policies, rules, and regulations, as adopted.
Attend professional seminars and development programs as the school shall request from time to time, specific to Montessori philosophy when possible. Acquire professional growth hours as required by your position. Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid at all times.
Conduct all classes and other educational activities in accordance with the methods and principles of education as outlined in the Montessori curriculum.
Provide a “prepared environment” using natural materials exclusive to Montessori schools and designed to provide stimuli to the unique periods of the child’s learning.
Model and teach “grace and courtesy” in the classroom and throughout the school community.
Design lessons/materials that introduce one concrete skill and/or abstract concept, are self-correcting, and foster the development of concentration, self-discipline, and an understanding of the world around them.
Work through the toilet learning process with each child and family to promote child’s independence prior to advancing to the Primary cycle
Be present during the times scheduled for educational activities, teacher in-service and workdays, parent education nights, school social functions, admissions open houses and other community events as requested or required.
Foster productive dialogue with parents of students that will support the teacher’s efforts within the home. Communicate with parents through conferences, phone calls, and email to discuss students’ progress and interpret the school program.
Complete such student and other records and reports as the school may require.
Keep the classroom, equipment and materials in good order and condition and make recommendations to the Head of Early School regarding material needs for the classrooms.
Ensure the cleanliness of the classroom: daily cleaning of tabletops/surfaces; weekly dusting of shelves/bookcases; disinfecting work daily; reporting to custodian and Head of Early School in the event of daily cleaning needs not being met (i.e. vacuuming, mopping, bathrooms, etc.)
Clean and refresh the Montessori “prepared environment” on a regular basis, rotating in new materials based on the needs of the children in the classroom.
Interview prospective students prior to acceptance (Meet and Greet); participate generally in student recruitment activities and facilitate and cooperate with efforts to allow prospective parents to observe the classrooms.
Promote and participate in cross-divisional activities in an effort to strengthen the transition to Lower School.
Work with Early School team to plan and prepare community building activities, such as cultural celebrations and parent-education events.
Participate in grade level, divisional, and full-faculty meetings and serve on faculty committees.
Present a positive image of Charlotte Prep to the outside community, including social networking sites.
Certification in Montessori Primary (AMI or AMS) Early Childhood required (or Infant/Toddler for Pre-Primary Classroom)
Degree and/or certification in Early Childhood and/or Education-related field
Classroom teaching experience in a Montessori Early Childhood or Toddler environment required
Teaching experience in Elementary grades a plus, but not required
Team orientation – able to work effectively with other members of the school administrative team, other faculty members, parents, students, and other school/Montessori community colleagues. Sees the school as an entire entity, rather than an isolated Early School division.
Strong communication and organizational skills with high levels of attention to detail
Positive, enthusiastic, and warm personality
Strong work ethic, proactive, and success-oriented
Demonstrates patience and respect for small children and their natural development as inherent throughout the teachings and philosophy of Maria Montessori
Please submit resume, cover letter, and references to:
Charlotte Preparatory School is Charlotte, North Carolina's leading independent TK-8 school. The entire school, from its Montessori Early School to its Middle School leadership program, is built upon three guiding principles: Charlotte Prep is research-based, it is student-centered, and it is carefully designed for student success.
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