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Montessori Children's House Assistant

  • Water Lily Montessori
  • 06/06/21
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • 55101
  • 18 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
Water Lily Montessori is a Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School
(MWMS) located in Saint Paul seeks a full-time Childrens House Assistant Teacher. The assistant will provide classroom support in preparing and maintaining an environment in which the Montessori approach to education is put to practice.
Qualified candidates will have experience in classrooms that are
Montessori, highly personalized and/or self-guided. MWMS will prioritize candidates of the global majority as we value diversity not only in our students, but also our staff.

The following essential responsibilities are primarily performed in our beautiful Montessori classroom environment and within the First Baptist Church property, including a rooftop garden, a local community park and green space, and a large indoor gymnasium for gross motor activities.
Essential Responsibilities
Models integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity, and respect for self and all persons.
Supports Teacher Leader in the adaptation of classroom activities, and/or
materials for the purpose of reinforcing our Montessori philosophy of educating the whole child through supportive guidance.
Assists Teacher Leader in the preparation of curriculum materials as well as maintaining inventory of classroom materials, independently and as directed.
Shares responsibility in maintaining the prepared Montessori environment, as directed.
Repairs materials and equipment as necessary and/or directed.
Shares in the daily duties of meal preparation and clean-up, recess and nap time support, laundry and overall cleanliness of the school environment, independently and as directed.
Attends weekly staff meetings to share observations and to address questions or concerns with the Director/Teacher Leader.
Initiates growth and change in his/her/their own intellectual and professional development, seeking out conferences, courses, and other opportunities for professional growth and learning.
Participates in professional development opportunities as well as required
training such as - first aid and CPR, COVID-19 training, or abusive head trauma.
Notifies the Director immediately of personal and professional difficulties with children, parents/caregivers, and/or staff.

This position entails actively engaging with students at their level; often bending, kneeling, sitting or standing during the school day, and may be stationary for extended periods of time at a computer. This position may need to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
Roles and tasks may evolve over time as this position listens to the evolutionary purpose of the school community.
Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills
Those who tend to approach challenges with a flexible, open, solution-oriented mindset and that see opportunity in obstacles will find this work rewarding. Strong candidates
will be energized by unleashing creative and resourceful solutions to create new ways to support Teacher Leaders and students. They will approach this work with generosity of spirit, seek advice openly, and will be comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization. Individuals that will find joy in this work are eager to stretch beyond their current experience, to develop new skills and expertise and to more deeply explore their purpose and potential.
A strong candidate will be driven by a passion for Montessori and equity and will be eager to adapt practice to align with Montessori principles and implement strategies that actively seek to build a more racially equitable classroom environment.
Who We Are The Wildflower Foundation is a small nonprofit organization working to nurture the organic growth of Wildflower Schools, a network of teacher-led, child-centered authentic Montessori learning environments that support families from diverse backgrounds as they follow lifes unfolding journey. Wildflower Schools are very small - typically 2-3 Teacher Leaders and 30 students spanning a 3-year age range. The model combines time-tested, research-supported Montessori methods in one-room, neighborhood-nested schools with intentional student diversity, teacher empowerment, and data-driven instruction. Wildflower aspires to serve children and families with high quality, nurturing learning environments for their children.
In the Minnesota Wildflower community, schools wishing to open as a charter can seek to operate as a charter affiliated with The Wildflower Foundation called Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School (MWMS) or as an independent school. Currently in Minnesota, three schools operate as part of MWMS and three as independent schools.
Wildflowers are growing and over the next 5 years the charter has pre-approval to open up to 13 sites under its charter agreement with Osprey Wilds through 2023.

How We Work
The Wildflower network is decentralized and rooted deeply in our values of
Connectedness and Growth; our norms of Awareness, Kindness, and Autonomy with Support; and the 9 Principles that guide our schools design.
MWMS operates in a unique governance structure called Holacracy--a
non-hierarchical model of governance whereby all roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and have an established purpose and clear accountabilities. Because of our decentralized, non-hierarchical organizational model MWMS emphasizes the development of a strong leadership team at each school site. The Teacher Leader teams at each site are responsible for all decisions that affect their children and families; this autonomy is critical to the Wildflower model and is reinforced in the Nine Principles that unite all Wildflower Schools.
Roles evolve regularly as our work and surrounding circumstances change, and we rely on radical transparency, requesting and sharing advice with one another, a commitment to participation in conflict resolution practices, and clearly articulated roles and responsibilities to ensure that each individual is able to lead within their role.
We strive to ensure that our charter represents the communities we serve and are proactively seeking people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds who share the organizations passion for equity in education. To learn more about the ideas that drive us, check out The Wildflower Collection.
Learn More Send most up-to-date resume, including a summary of your experience and description of your interests to or contact Amanda Jakowich at 651-227-7483

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