Lower Elementary Teacher
Full-Time Position for the 2022-23 Academic School Year
We seek a joyful, hard-working, student-centered, and compassionate Montessori educator to join our first- through third-grade Lower Elementary team. We seek someone who shares our belief that elementary students are filled with potential, ability, and capability; who understands that this age student is trying to build a social construct into which they fit while also being filled with natural curiosity about how the world works and all the academic subjects; who knows students need adults who listen to them and believe in them; who is willing to gracefully roll up their sleeves and do whatever is needed to help nurture and challenge the students.
Greensboro Montessori School is a thriving and financially secure 47-year-old, toddler-to-junior-high, AMS- and SAIS-accredited, 260-student independent school. Our students have access to our 40-acre, wooded, satellite Land Campus, two activity buses, a team of cultural education faculty (art, computer science, music, Spanish, PE), a strong Student Support Team, and a crew of environmental educators to work with students in our 20-year-old permaculture gardens and commercial kitchen. Our Lower Elementary classrooms typically have two trained lead teachers and 23 to 25 students. For the 2021-22 school year, we added assistant teachers to the division to support our students and our growing enrollment. For the 2022-23 school year, we are instead adding Montessori-trained teachers to the current team. Once the team is built and our final enrollment numbers are settled, we will work together to consider the best way to organize the division.
The successful applicant must have Montessori teaching experience and hold an elementary Montessori credential from an AMS (Elementary I), NCME, AMI, or MACTE-accredited training center. In a unique situation, the successful applicant might alternatively come with years of child-centered, constructivist classroom experience and a willingness to immediately begin a Montessori teacher training program.
Most important to us is that our new teammate:
- Is a team player who can flexibly exist within a broader team and who can flex their own expectations to meet students where they are.
- Is equally and passionately committed to students’ academic and social-emotional growth.
- Works with the full community of students, teachers, families and administrators in articulating and maintaining the integrity and scope of our Montessori program.
- Is attentive to and responsible for the myriad (i.e. thousands might not be an understatement!) details involved in a school environment, knowing that those individual details are important to the success of individual students.;
- As a professional, has a Montessori “can-do” attitude and a growth mindset for accomplishing whatever it is that needs to be accomplished.
- Finds daily joy in their work.
Education and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, elementary education or a related discipline is required; master’s degree is preferred.
- An AMS, AMI, or Diploma in Elementary I from a MACTE-recognized or affiliate Teacher Education Program (or an openness to immediately obtaining one) is required.
- Experience working in a child-centered, constructivist elementary program is required, while experience in a Montessori classroom environment is preferred.
- Spanish speaking skills are a plus.
- A commitment to equity and inclusion is required.
If you are from outside the Piedmont Triad area, know that this part of North Carolina is a fantastic place to live and that Greensboro is a wonderful, affordable, medium-sized, thriving city. Relocation support is available.
This is a 10-month, full-time position that begins in August of 2022. If you think you have what we’re looking for, we would love to hear from you. Please email a cover letter and résumé to our human resources consultant, Heather Goggin, at HR@gms.org.
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.