Job Opening for 2022-2023

Preschool Lead Teacher in Whitefish, Montana, US

Job description:
Job Title                        Lead Teacher
Reports to              Administrator
Supervises              Classroom Assistants

Nationally recognized Montessori certification.
Two years classroom teaching experience, preferably in primary 3-6 year olds.
Certified as a Primary Care Provider in the State of Montana
Strong written & verbal communication skills and strong leadership skills

Maintain general supervision and management of the classroom, consistent with the Montessori philosophy.
Develop and implement daily activities (works), which will support positive behavior and a healthy, child-centered learning environment for children of mixed ages; consistent with the Montessori philosophy.
Prepare the classroom prior to the start of school, and thoroughly clean up the classroom at the end of each year.
Maintain ongoing inventory of CHMS Montessori materials in class; aid in replacements or upgrades when applicable, including supplies generally.
Maintain ongoing written documentation for each student; keep daily and/or weekly progress lists on all students to illustrate the educational growth of all students.
Communicate with the Primary Assistant about each child that transitions into the afternoon program.
Plan and hold parent conferences (outside of school hours) for each child twice a year, and as requested by parents or Administrator, or as needed.
Encourage and assist in educating the Board on Montessori philosophy.
Maintain overall safety of the Early Learner environment, including knowledge of and adherence to all CHMS, County, State, and Federal safety regulations and guidelines for both schools and childcare facilities.
Coordinate with the Primary assistant to regularly perform or oversee general cleaning (excluding floors and toilets) and maintenance in the classroom consistent with state disinfectant regulations.
Conduct a short orientation conference with all new parents and children.
Provide regular feedback to parents about how their child is doing by being available to and communicate with parents both before and after class.
Provide regular classroom updates to the Administrator, Board, staff, and in the newsletter.
Effectively supervise and train the Assistant(s), including conducting annual evaluation.

Prepare for and participate in CHMS community activities/fundraisers as requested by the Administrator or Board.   Attending all Parent Education Nights and Fall/Spring BBQ is required.  Attendance at the Winter Carnival, Pumpkin Patch and the Spring Auction are optional but encouraged.
Effectively and accurately document daily student attendance including but not limited to daily communication with other classrooms and Administration.
All other duties as assigned.

All CHMS employees must adhere to the following requirements:
Maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
Read and follow all of the rules, policies, and guidelines in the CHMS Employee Manual, the CHMS Parent Handbook, this Job Description, and all County, State, and Federal rules and regulations pertaining to licensed Childcare Centers in Montana.
Keep informed about any policy/routine changes.
Be reliable and arrive promptly at work for your scheduled shift; seek and obtain approval from the Administrator for any changes in scheduled shifts prior to their implementation.
Model appropriate and professional behavior with children, parents, staff, administration, and the Board of Directors.
Develop good relations with the children and their parents.
Provide proof of up-to-date adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid certification.
Submit to background checks; provide proof of driver’s license, etc.
Complete the minimum of state required and state approved continuing education annually.
Attend all staff meetings.

Work Hours
Aspen Lead Teacher
M-F –7:30 am – 3:30 pm (Class time is 8:00-3:10). One afternoon out of the classroom will be allowed for planning when available, a sub will be provided.

Health Insurance

Wage:  Salary is DOE

Special qualifications:  Montessori Trained and Certified

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