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At AEME, hire qualified applicants for our Montessori preschool program located in Portland, Oregon. Our Mission – Equity, Access and Choice. We increase access to high-quality, early childhood education for children and families impacted by economic and racial inequities by providing tuition-free Montessori for preschool-age children. Most of our children enter as English language learners.

In the Classroom Job Opening

Seeking: Lead Primary Guide/Teacher at our Alder Montessori School

Job Posting: 4/08/2024
School Year 24-25 – job posted until position is filled.

Are you a Montessori Guide who loves bringing a Montessori primary classroom to life, works with a collaborative approach, is committed to equity, and genuinely enjoys people (young children and adults)? Do your eyes light up when every young child enters their classroom? Are you comfortable or confident in including and supporting young children who may have delays or disabilities within a Montessori classroom? Do you view the classroom and the educational materials as the children’s? Are you eager to connect and partner with your parents? Are you interested in bringing the best of Montessori practices and adapting your approach in a collaborative manner to meet the needs of our students, families, and mission?

We are seeking qualified applicants for a Lead Primary Montessori Guide at our Alder Montessori School which provides high-quality Montessori early childhood education free of cost to low-Income children and families. Alder Montessori is co-located at Alder Elementary School, within the Reynolds School District, and serves children ages 3-5 within our two multi-age classrooms. Most of our children enter as English language learners, with Spanish as the primary language. Our team works collaboratively with multiple partner organizations on behalf of our students and families. A successful candidate will be “We focused,” bring dependability, creativity, joy, positive enthusiasm, professionalism and a dedication to equity and high-quality Montessori early childhood education and qualify as ORO Step 9 or higher.

Candidates must either have an AMI Montessori Primary Diploma/Certificate OR be actively enrolled in AMI Primary Montessori Training Program at Montessori Northwest and will graduate in summer of 2024. Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong mastery of Montessori principals, how to use the Montessori primary educational materials and lessons, and plan and document lessons for a classroom and individual student.

The Guide will be responsible for presenting and integrating primary (Preschool) curriculum for students, facilitating parent engagement/education and conferences, record and data management in Transparent Classroom, and student formative assessments. The Guide works in partnership with the classroom assistants to provide lessons and care for the children’s educational and personal needs and will provide skill training and coaching to the classroom assistants on materials, and ensure the classroom and adults offer a fully prepared high-quality Montessori learning environment.

The Guide will need to be able to work exceptionally well with special education providers via MECP, and our student services specialist within the classroom environment. This includes providing a welcoming environment and providing information and mini lessons on Montessori materials to promote a collaborative environment and the ability of these specialized educators to support the students within the classroom. The classroom belongs to the students.

Demonstrated ability to treat children and adults with respect, kindness and dignity in all situations and work collaboratively to integrate and implement adaptive services and approaches into day-to-day work and the physical space as recommended by special education peers. The Guide will receive support from our Montessori School Manager, provide day to day coordination and oversight to the bilingual classroom assistant (s) and collaborate modeling grace, courtesy and compassion with all children and adults. The Guide will be expected to actively participate in parent-focused activities and ready to provide occasional home visits. A personal dedication to DEI values and anti-racism and will engage and sustain at prominent level to integrate values into work. Guides will be provided active training from internal and external sources, as well as regular classroom observations/and coaching throughout the year and employment with AEME.

Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education
PO Box 6569
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 893.5598

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