Junior High Teacher

Full-Time Position for the 2022-23 Academic School Year

Do you love working with adolescent students? In them do you see their power, potential, capabilities, and sparkle? In them do you see both struggle and a limitless capacity for greatness? If so, you might like hanging out with us ...

We are a 260-student, 47-year-old, toddler-through-ninth-grade, independent school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are accredited by both the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and our Junior High program is 25 years old. Building on an incredible base — passionate faculty; field trips to the back country in South Carolina, New York City, Arizona, and Costa Rica; a student-driven schedule; a micro-economy run by students; a farm-to-fork program in our commercial-grade teaching kitchen also managed by students ; and a 40-acre, wooded, satellite campus where we spend a full week every six weeks on project-based learning, community building, and environmental education — we are in the process of growing and enhancing our program even more. We dream of being one of the best Montessori adolescent programs in the country for our students and the local community, and we have all the pieces in place. We just need one more dynamic, driven, and dream-filled educator to round out our Junior High team.

Our seventh, eighth, and ninth graders are grouped together in Junior High (technically, we call our program Junior High and not Middle School). We graduate students in both eighth and ninth grades. Relatively new, our ninth grade is an opportunity for outstanding students to further develop the skills and courage they need to unleash their full potential. The experience includes several unique capstone projects, honors-level classes that meet all North Carolina ninth grade requirements, and a student-planned and student-led international trip. We currently have 30 students in Junior High, and we imagine our ideal size being closer to 35 students.

Our Junior High curriculum focuses on applied academics and experiential learning tailored specifically for adolescent-aged students. Our program is driven by a commitment to excellence in all that we do: academically, socially, and programmatically. The curriculum reflects current adolescent development research; incorporates North Carolina state educational guidelines; and is based on Montessori principles such as multiage classrooms, personalized learning, and project-based curriculum. As an independent school, we allow teachers to teach, and we are not constrained by antiquated educational models, nor cumbersome practices.

Our new teammate will be a 10-month, full-time teacher, working with the broader Upper School team and working closest with two other full-time Junior High teachers who focus on math and science. Growth potential towards a division leader is possible. While Montessori experience is not required, Montessori value alignment is. If not from Montessori, candidates should have taught adolescents in some kind of experiential, inquiry-based, project-based, constructivist, or similar student-centered learning approach. If not already Montessori credentialed, we will provide the required Montessori training and certification in upcoming summers.

In addition to teaching language arts and myriad project-based lessons, our new teammate will have an advisory role with students, help lead week-long overnight trips to our satellite campus (five weeks a year), help lead a five- to 10-day expedition out of the state or out of the country, and help lead our Junior High micro-economy program. Woven into our schedule and work cycle, our micro-economy is a chance for students to do hands-on work that is meaningful, economically productive, and integrates academic lessons. Right now, our food-producing gardens, our chickens, and our farm-to-fork program in our commercial-grade teaching kitchen form the basis of the micro-economy.

This position also includes other tangential, but important, parts of a Junior High community: dance chaperoning, being present at student events in the evenings, building parent partnership, teaching our wellness curriculum (media, physical, psychological, sexual, social), and facilitating conflict-resolution conversations.

The ideal applicant should be a strong writer and reader, as they will lead our language arts curriculum. The ideal applicant should have experience teaching in outdoor environments. They should also have significant adolescent teaching experience and be ready to bring substantive contributions to our team. A commitment to inclusivity and a professional balance of collaborative flexibility and drive for excellence are also key. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Above all, in our new teammate we are looking for a good heart and a good mind.

Our School is a great place to be for students and adults, alike. If you are a committed and passionate educator with a love for nurturing and challenging adolescents, we want to meet you. If you are from outside the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, you should know that Greensboro is a wonderful, medium-sized, and very affordable city. Three hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains! Relocation support is available.

Please email a (1) cover letter, (2) résumé, (3) picture that somehow captures what you think is a critical part of the learning process, and (4) philosophy of education statement to Heather Goggin, human resources consultant, at ​HR@gms.org.

P.S. We also want a teammate with a great sense of humor and a willingness to work super hard; someone who is an attentive listener, self-aware, and open-minded. Bonus if you speak Spanish. Oh, and someone who might drive one of our 18-passenger school buses.

Greensboro Montessori School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status with respect to recruitment, hiring, compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment.