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Primary/Elementary Assistant

  • Elm City Montessori School
  • 05/10/20
  • New Haven, CT
  • 06515
  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Reports to: Primary Guide (lead teacher)
Position is: 10-Month with Additional Summer Responsibilities - Full Time
Job Goal: The Primary Assistant will play a supporting role in the success of the school. S/he will
contribute to the education and social-emotional development of children ages 3-6 in a single
classroom within a fully-implemented Montessori PK-8 program. The Assistants role is to support
the Guide in utilizing research-based best practices in Montessori instruction in a student-centered
learning environment appropriate to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of all
Required Qualifications: All Assistants must successfully complete an AMI Assistants Training
Course within their first years. High School diploma is required.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal applicant has a Bachelors Degree in Education or a related
field, is trained in the Montessori method and/or has experience as an assistant in a public school
setting, collaborating as a member of a teaching faculty, supervising children, and supporting
instruction for students with special needs. S/he is kind, caring, compassionate, enthusiastic, wellorganized, bilingual (Spanish), and creative with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Assists the Primary Guide in developing and modifying instructional materials to appropriately
meet the academic, physical, and socio-emotional needs of all learners
Monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities
Continues planned instructional activities during Guides temporary absence from the classroom
during lunch, prep time, and team meetings
Assists individuals and small groups of children in various subject areas and motor activities, e.g.
Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Music, Cultural Studies, Exercise, Games and
Physical Education.
Classroom Management
Supports children in following classroom procedures and grace and courtesy
Helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students, including
crisis intervention.
Monitors students engaged in independent work or similar activities, ensuring respect for
classmates and materials

Care of the Environment
Repairs or replaces broken classroom materials and equipment in a timely fashion and ensures that
learning materials are in good order and ready for student use each day
Replenishes consumable items, e.g. paper, pencils, polish, cotton puffs, art supplies, etc.
Prepares, monitors and assists children with clean up of food activities - breakfast, lunch, snacks,
and food prep
Monitors coatroom activity and maintains order in the cubbies
Assists students in clean-up of the environment at the end of the day
Observation and Record Keeping
Contributes to classroom record keeping and communication journals
Alerts Guide to individual student progress and needs and offers suggestions
Participates in individual student action plans, implementing activities and recording progress
under direction of the Guide
Communicates and interacts regularly and appropriately with students, faculty, staff and
administration, maintaining positive relationships
Meets regularly with classroom team, engaging in planning of activities
Meets with team of Assistants
Attends and actively participates in all required staff meetings and events
Keeps confidential information about students and families confidential at all times
Maintains all professional certifications necessary
Seeks opportunities for professional development
Performs other duties as assigned

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