The Assistant Teacher assists the Head Teacher in preparing and maintaining the environment in which the Montessori approach to education is implemented.
· Assists the Head Teacher in the preparation, planning and maintenance of the prepared Montessori environment, as directed.
· Maintains the cleanliness of the environment, refilling supplies, and properly storing all classroom supplies, as directed. Supply requirements and needs regarding this responsibility should be discussed with the Head Teacher.
· Assists the Directress with the care and maintenance of classroom materials, i.e., maintaining an orderly environment and keeping it clean and in good condition, as directed.
· Monitors the classroom and provides redirection or reminders of the ground rules.
· Assists with dressing or toileting needs as needed.
· Assists in the preparation of curriculum materials, as directed.
· Phrases directives positively when speaking with the children.
· Works with individual and small groups of children as directed by the Head Teacher.
· Supervises classroom as directed by Head Teacher.
· Shares the responsibility for the safety and physical wellbeing of the children at all times.
· The children are not to be left unattended, and classroom ratios must be maintained on the playground as they are inside (two adults for 24 children).
· Helps maintain strong relationships with the parents, relationships characterized by mutual respect and good will.
· Helps with the maintenance of current, accurate classroom records.
· Reports any and all accidents/incidents at once. Prepares a written report stating date, time, nature of accident and action taken. Makes Head Teacher aware of the accident/incident.
· Helps supervise children in the execution of fire drills. The routine is to be clearly established and the building (s) exited with dispatch and order.
· Maintains a professional demeanor in dress, punctuality and relationships with students and staff.
· Attends weekly faculty meetings and such events as Back to School Night, school picnics, Holiday Program, parent meetings, etc.
· Observes two other environments at the school and/or at other schools during the academic year.
· Assists with other projects, programs and planning as assigned or requested by the school’s leadership.
· Shares questions and observations with Head Teacher.
· Initiates growth and change in his/her own intellectual and professional development, seeking out conferences, courses and other opportunities to learn.
· Establishes positive relationships with students, which, while recognizing the different roles of adult and child, are characterized by mutual respect and good will.
· Repairs materials and equipment, as necessary or directed.
· Helps maintain an environment that meets or exceeds State health, fire and child care requirements.
· Notifies the Principal immediately of personal or professional difficulties with children, parents or staff.
· Protects the peace and privacy of the children at work.
· Collaborates with colleagues and the school’s leadership in furthering the school’s overall program and Mission.
· Is self-aware and self-monitoring in identifying and solving student, curricular and school problems.
· Participates in the establishment and maintenance of an atmosphere of professional standards.
· Models integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity and respect for all persons as well as an appreciation for racial, cultural and gender issues and diversity.
· Works with Head Teacher to create new materials.
· Assumes role of teacher in teacher’s absence.
· Coordinates and supervises lunch program with children.
· An A.A. or Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field preferred.
· Ability to work as a team member
· Ability to take direction
· Easy rapport with children.