Employment/Guide and Assistants

“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

Lead Guide Lower Elementary

“Sea Rose is a young and vibrant start-up school with expanding potential, we hold true to bringing Dr. Montessori’s teachings methods and philosophy to the children at Sea Rose.” Our highly experienced, vastly valued teachers

Sea Rose Montessori School Co-op is a parent-founded school on Aquidneck Island which offers small class sizes, extended outdoor exploration in all seasons, and child-centered, teacher-nurtured learning.

We are seeking candidates passionate about working with Lower Elementary students (beginning at Gr.1 for 2018-2019) in mixed-aged classrooms, and delivering a strong educational experience for all learners. Candidates interested in this position should have excellent collaboration skills and look forward to working within the existing teaching team of primary teachers.

Basic requirements for Lower Elementary Guide.

  • Diploma from the Association Montessori Society, Association Montessori International or their accredited affiliates.
  • Undergraduate degree preferably in Education applicant who possess (or working toward RIDE certification) is also preferred.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a Montessori classroom as a guide.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Montessori philosophy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance curriculum and the Sea Rose community.
  • Have the physical capacity to work with elementary-age children.
  • Commitment to professional development, best practice in education, and meeting needs of the individual child.

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 aquidneck.montessori@gmail.com

Part Time Teacher Assistants

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.
Benefits of working with Sea Rose Montessori Co-op:
  • 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.

General Characteristics
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.
Communication
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.

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