MONTESSORI TEACHER (Primary Classroom)

Title: MONTESSORI TEACHER (Primary Classroom)

Location: Boise, ID 83713 West Valley area

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 a year

Job Type: Full-time

Heroes Academy is seeking a Montessori Studio Guide for our Sparks Studio who wants to re-define the world of education. Our Sparks Studio guide will work with learners between the ages of 4 and 7. The ideal candidate will have several years of Montessori experience.

What is Heroes Academy?

Heroes Academy is a learner-driven, 21st century school, located between Boise, Meridian, and Eagle, near the West YMCA. We offer a mixed age, learner-driven environment grounded in Montessori principles. It is our mission to empower learners to discover their unique strengths, learn to love learning by embracing their passions and interests, and change the world by applying their learning hands-on. We focus on building a learner’s capability to thrive in the 21st century, which puts the emphasis on self-direction, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Heroes Academy is a part of a worldwide network of Acton Academies. With over 300 schools operating today, we are in constant collaboration, working together with the network on a journey to improve the learning experience for our learners and their families.

Your DNA:

You have a natural love for children, and love to see the magical world through their eyes. You believe in the capability of children and have a deep trust in them.

Fun and curiosity are important values to you, as a person and as a teacher.

You are a champion of other’s innate talents, and it gives you pure joy to see the lightbulb spark in a child’s eyes. At the same time, you have a strong belief in natural consequences, personal accountability, and the value of life-lessons learned. For this reason, you would never “rescue” a child from an opportunity to fail or to experience natural consequences. People describe you as warm-hearted AND tough minded. You find a way to balance both.

You love to ask questions, far more than you like to provide answers. You are a storyteller. You are a game-maker. You are an observer.

You lead by example with a quiet confidence. You love to learn yourself and have a natural curiosity inspired by many things. You have a high threshold for uncertainty and chaos, even if you do enjoy when everything eventually falls into place and structure and order resume.

You lead by example with a quiet confidence. You love to learn yourself and have a natural curiosity inspired by many things. You have a high threshold for uncertainty and chaos, even if you do enjoy when everything eventually falls into place and structure and order resume.

You take ownership of your role and will thrive in an environment that is new and not yet fully formed. You are looking for a place where you can make an impact, and the opportunity to make a difference at a young school is thrilling to you.

In your role of Montessori Studio Guide you will:

  • Work closely with the head of school to plan out space for the Sparks Studio, the learning arc for the year, day-to-day learning and collaborative play activities, and hands-on materials required.
  • Review, commit to, and sign off on all policies and procedures including the guide covenant and the studio covenant, once created.
  • Prep a world class learning environment, grounded in Montessori.
  • Lead daily discussions and plan daily schedules, including large work blocks and outdoor play.
  • Stay fluid and flexible: observe and follow interest and engagement from the learners.
  • Shepherd the energy of the studio, using levers as required.
  • Assist learners to build foundational skills that lead to independent learning and the opportunity to advance to the next studio when ready.
  • Help struggling learners by asking open ended questions, and facilitate conflict resolution as required.
  • Supervise and / or lead outdoor time, group games, physical education, and art projects.
  • Taking on additional projects though out the year as the need arises. These may include special projects, organizing social events, community days and other “behind the scenes” jobs that help keep the school running smoothly.
  • Meeting regularly to discuss how to adjust and improve our environment.
  • Planning Field Trips.
  • Engage in professional and personal development.

Skills of a successful candidate:

We are looking for someone with a deep curiosity about life, a lifelong love of learning, and an entrepreneurial spirit (must thrive in a startup environment). She/he will be responsible for facilitating a nurturing and joyful studio culture. We seek someone who has:

  • A deep love and respect for all children and empathy for the challenges children face in their lives
  • Warm-hearted – genuinely cares about the learners, and their experience.
  • Tough-minded – A commitment to practicing gentle, compassionate limit setting.
  • Growth mindset – individually exhibiting a growth mindset and being capable of building it in others.
  • Inspiring – offer stories, materials, and mentors that engage learners and result in deep thought and conversation.
  • Knowledge – a demonstrated understanding of different educational philosophies and research, with an emphasis on Montesorri.
  • Team Building – ability to facilitate a group of learners coming together to work cohesively and respectfully.
  • Energetic and friendly.
  • Extremely organized, and process oriented.

Experience:

The following experience is great to have, but the right attitude is even more important. If our philosophy and beliefs resonate with you and you believe that our school is the perfect fit for you, we encourage to apply.

  • AMI, AMS, or MACTE Montessori diploma for primary-aged children.
  • 5+ years of Montessori training and/or experience with children aged 3 to 6.
  • ECE experience.
  • Experience working in a small team, start-up business / school, etc.
  • Current standard First Aid.
  • Vulnerable sector screening completed.

Benefits:

  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay

Application Question(s):

  • Why do you believe you would be a fit for this opportunity?
  • Do you believe children can learn without adults lecturing or answering questions?

Experience:

  • Montessori, Reggio Emilia, or projected-based learning: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: One location

Hi, I'm Jake Thompson. 👋

I'm Head of School at Heroes Academy

We are now enrolling:
PreK through 12th grade.

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