“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ ” — Maria Montessori
We have great respect for the impact our teachers will have on our children and hope that our school can provide an opportunity for you to pursue your interests and professional growth.
We are currently seeking individuals to support the teachers of our school . If you are interested and meet the qualifications listed below, we would love to talk to you. Please email your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Part Time Teacher Assistants:
Aquidneck Island/Portsmouth, Rhode Island
We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who will be supporting our lead teachers.
The prime candidate will have the following traits:
- Ability to serve as a model of respect, grace, and courtesy for the children and colleagues.
- Clear communicator who will be able to follow by example from our lead Montessori guides and proactively handle any issues, big or small.
- Conduct yourself with professionalism when communicating with staff, families and our local community.
- Enthusiasm for improving your skills through Montessori training
- Applicant must have or is working toward state teachers assistant certification and/or Montessori teachers assistant certification.
- Committed, supportive parents who value the crucial role all teachers have in their children’s development.
- Growth opportunities to explore & expand your skills.
- Year-round stability, part time flexibility
If you are someone who is interested in the Montessori approach to education and seek to nurture students in independence, a love of learning, self-esteem, cooperation, creative thinking, and respect for self and others, let’s talk!
Role of the Montessori Teacher’s Assistant
The Montessori Teacher’s Assistant plays a very important role in the overall success of the Montessori environment. They provide support to the Lead Teacher, and through gentle interaction with the children, all in service toward a peaceful, harmonious classroom. It is a personally challenging and rewarding experience, and preparation for this role requires education and dedication to the Montessori philosophy.
The Montessori Teacher’s Assistant plays an active role with the children. As the lessons are presented to children by the Teacher, the Assistant is responsible for maintaining peace and order in the Montessori classroom. Knowledge and understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology are vital, along with a calm, respectful approach.
The Montessori Teacher’s Assistant values and respects the uniqueness of each child while consistently nurturing and modeling a love of learning. The Assistant often finds themselves in the role of helping to resolve conflicts between children. They must be able to use positive language to redirect student behavior. The Assistant is a keen observer and is knowledgeable about developmentally-appropriate behavior and practices. They are aware of the individual needs and interests of the children.
While the Montessori Teacher is presenting lessons, the Assistant moves quietly throughout the classroom. They understand the importance of the uninterrupted, three-hour work cycle and values the importance of the children’s work as well as the necessity for intense concentration. They make it a practice to never interrupt a child who is working. If they see a child who needs help, he or she crouches down to child’s eye level and quietly and respectfully asks if the child needs help rather than taking over the task or giving unwanted help. They may say “It looks as if you are struggling. Would you like me to help you?” If the answer is “no”, they respect the child’s wishes and only assists if the situation seems unsafe. If he or she has questions about a work or material, they make notes and asks the Teacher for clarification at a convenient time.
The communication and trust between a Montessori Teacher’s Assistant and the Teacher is vital to the success of an organized Montessori classroom. Often, the day is so busy that the only time to really communicate is before and after school. The Montessori Teacher’s assistant should make clear, detailed observations of what happened in the classroom during the day and share their notes with the Teacher (confidentiality is of utmost importance). Additionally, the Assistant needs to observe the Teacher and learn how best to compliment the classroom style.
The Montessori Teacher’s Assistant is more than someone who cleans the classroom. They inspire and guide children through modeling and examples. They are an extra pair of hands, a watchful eye, and a comforting smile. They are confident and happy to be contributing to the lives of children.