Job Opening for 2020-21

Elementary Teacher in Washington, DC

Waterfront Academy, Washington, DC, seeks Elementary Montessori Teacher.

The Elementary Montessori Teacher is a guide who helps direct his/her students’ activities academically, spiritually, emotionally, religiously and physically in a prepared Elementary Montessori environment that challenges each child to reach his/her fullest potential in these developmental areas in accordance with Montessori philosophy and procedures for the age group in which the teacher has completed a satisfactory Montessori training program.

1. Must be certified by a training recognized by the MACTE accreditation institute for the age level being taught
2. Must hold a BA or BS in any field
3. Finger print clearance
4. First Aid and CPR training

General Duties
The general duties of the Elementary Montessori Teacher shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to the following:
A. The Elementary Montessori Teacher shall perform his/her duties faithfully, enthusiastically, and satisfactorily at the school during normal working hours on regularly scheduled days, and other times as specified. The Montessori Teacher agrees to devote full time and attention during normal working hours to his/her duties as a Montessori Teacher of the school.
B. The Elementary Montessori Teacher will perform his/her duties subject to the general supervision and direction of the Head of School
C. The Elementary Montessori Teacher shall abide by all reasonable rules, regulations, and policies of the school and shall comply with all relevant statutes, regulations and ordinances of the District of Columbia and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
D. The teacher will adhere to the school’s guidelines and professional standards as well as all Montessori methodology in order to maintain excellence. The teacher will also exhibit a professional manner.
E. The Montessori Teacher will complete such reports and maintain such student records as may be reasonably required by the school.
F. On days mutually acceptable to the Montessori Teacher and the Head of School, the teacher also agrees:
• To perform duties pertinent to arrival and dismissal with the other teachers and staff employed by the school
• To attend monthly staff meetings as well as any other professional meetings or staff development
• To meet from time to time with parents for the purpose of informing them of student progress, program content and the means by which parents can further supplement the teacher’s efforts
• To participate in parent education programs
• To participate in school events
G. The teacher shall submit all health forms and background check forms required by District of Columbia and Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Specific duties related to education, the classroom and children
A. Demonstrate respect, kindness and a rapport with the children
B. Prepare an environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the needs of the group
C. Be responsible for the care and the maintenance of the materials; i.e., maintain a safe and orderly environment
D. Be available to the co-teacher to provide opportunities to share questions and observations
E. Assist and attend events such as parent education meetings, new student orientation and other school festivals and cultural events
F. Maintain an inventory of classroom with help from the office
G. Maintain current attendance records
H. Maintain and develop lesson plans as needed
I. Attend staff meetings, faculty retreats, and any special meetings that are requested by the director
J. Prepare written student evaluations of each child’s academic development and social behavior at the times designated by the director
K. Hold two conferences yearly with parents concerning the child’s progress and specific needs and goals
L. Submit academic records and observations throughout the year as requested by the director
M. Accept responsibility (along with the co-teacher) for the safety and physical well being of the children under his/her supervision. The children should never be left alone.
N. Notify the director immediately of personal difficulties with children, parents or staff
O. Protect the privacy and confidentiality of each student in the class
P. Establish a positive relationship with parents, students and staff
Q. Communicate and cooperate with the administrative staff and director on program changes in accordance with Montessori Philosophy
R. Submit news for school newsletter when appropriate.
S. Train and supervise children in the execution of fire and lock down drills
T. Report any and all accidents/incidents at once. File an Incident Report form as appropriate. When in doubt fill one out.
U. Assist with other projects, programs and planning as assigned by the Head of School and/or relating to the classroom and curriculum

This service is provided as a courtesy by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
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