City Garden Montessori School
City Garden Montessori School (City Garden) is the only Montessori charter school in Missouri, and we are one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state. Our team possesses passion and determination to implement the Montessori approach to educating children in a diverse, public school environment. City Garden is committed to being an anti- biased, anti-racist community and seeks others who are passionate about these values. We are committed to continuous learning and growth for adults in the community, to foster excellence for all City Garden children.
Located in St. Louis, City Garden just renewed its second 10 Year Charter with the state of Missouri. We began in 2008 with 53 students; now, we have 268 children in preschool through eighth grade. As we grow, we continue to seek individuals to join us who share our vision for academic excellence for all children and holistic Montessori education, rooted in equity and social justice.
City Garden has attracted support from the Opportunity Trust, and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative is writing a case study about City Garden’s innovative model.
As City Garden embarks on this ambitious growth plan, we’re seeking to hire a Principal for our flagship campus at the start of our 2020-21 school year (July 1, 2020).
The Principal will have the responsibility for planning, advocating for, supporting, implementing, and evaluating all educational activities. The Principal will create a positive, trustworthy, and respectful climate that has consistent expectations for all. The Principal will build relationships, communicate proactively, and promote continual growth while maintaining a student-centered focus.
The ideal Principal candidate will have Montessori credentials in teaching or administration as well as experience in elementary public school administration. The Principal will report directly to City Garden’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and will collaborate with City Garden Montessori’s leadership team, faculty and staff to implement the school’s mission and vision.
The Principal’s Key Responsibilities include:
- Promote positive community, parent, and staff relations that promote active engagement and an appreciation of City Garden’s Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism (ABAR) commitment.
- Establish and clearly articulate a shared mission and vision for learning and instruction at City Garden Montessori School.
- Direct and monitor the school’s educational structure and program.
- Design and implement programs based on individual student’s needs, focusing on student achievement, and closing the “Opportunity Gap”.
- Create and maintain a school climate that recognizes and supports the unique value of all members (students, teachers, staff, parents, community).
- Display knowledge about curriculum and research-based programs that help children achieve at high levels.
- Supervise operations and personnel at school level.
- Supervise teachers and staff in school.
- Observe, support, and conduct informal and formal observations and evaluations of teaching to promote continuous learning and improvement of professional practice by teaming with teachers to enhance their instructional expertise.
- Implement the school-wide testing program and evaluate and interpret the results.
- Maintain adequate records for the school, including staff and student records.
- Abide by Missouri School laws and regulations, Federal and state laws and regulations governing educational and civil rights of students and others, Child Protective Services Act, the policies of the MO Department of Education, and the policies of City Garden Montessori School.
- Assist in the development, implementation, and communication of policies dealing with discipline, conduct and attendance.
- Additional special projects and/or assignments as requested by CAO.
- Minimum: Master’s Degree in School Administration. Missouri Principal Certificate. Evidence of successful experience as an elementary classroom teacher.
- Preferred: Specialist or Doctorate, 5 years’ experience as an Assistant Principal or Principal, and Montessori teacher and/or administrator credential.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
What It’s Like to Work at City Garden
Our work is a calling. We are implementing a very unique, specialized approach to education. City Garden is also much more than a school–we have a deep commitment to doing “whatever it takes” for our children and families, and we educate our children in the context of an active, vibrant, diverse community. All of this requires a special kind of commitment. Staff must also have a high level of cultural competence, and be committed to constant growth in this area.
Our work requires being coachable, an ongoing desire to learn and a sense of egoless-ness. Our work is not easy. Our guides (teachers) individualize curriculum for every student, and have mixed age groupings. We are constantly aligning Montessori with the Missouri Learning Standards, and we strive to implement the Montessori approach with fidelity while meeting the requirements of teaching in a public school. Administrative and support staff must be able to think “outside the box” and have a relentless commitment to creating new ways of doing things, that lead to equity.
Our work requires flexibility, independence and initiative. We are a young organization; things change fast, and we are still developing programs, systems and structures. We are looking for people who are excited to create, innovate, and constantly learn new things!
Our work is profoundly rewarding!!! Our children love to come to school. They are smart, joyful, funny and engaged, and they love all of the adults at City Garden. Wey have an incredible community of support beyond our walls, which includes parents, neighborhood residents, other organizations, businesses, foundations, corporations and lots of individuals who believe in us and our mission.
Please apply by submitting your resume and detailed cover letter, which highlights your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the qualifications and qualities sought for the position at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Dr. Amira Mogaji at email@example.com.
City Garden Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status, or other statuses protected by law. All candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.