City Garden Montessori School (City Garden) is the only Montessori charter school in Missouri, and we have strong academic outcomes. 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 is in its 12th year as a charter school, having received a second 10 Year Charter with the state of Missouri in 2017. 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 recently released a case study about City Garden’s innovative model.
Coordinator of Elementary Training
As City Garden embarks on this ambitious strategic plan, we’re seeking to contract with a Coordinator of Elementary Training for our Montessori Training Institute, to lead the launch of an Elementary Teacher Education Program in Summer, 2020.
The Coordinator of Elementary Training will have the responsibility for developing the Elementary curriculum for the Institute (in collaboration with City Garden’s Chief Academic Officer – CAO), serving as the main point of contact for adult learners throughout the program, coordinating the logistics of the program, and providing feedback to course instructors throughout the program.
The ideal Coordinator of Elementary Training candidate will...
- Have lower and upper elementary teaching credentials
- Be an experienced Montessori elementary teacher (six years or more)
- Have experience in public Montessori school settings
- Have a strong grounding in anti-bias education and antiracist values and principles, and is excited to reimagine Montessori teacher training through these lenses
- Be organized and have strong project management skills
- Love to learn, have a sense of egoless-ness, be open to constant feedback, have an extreme growth mindset, and will always place children at the center of decisions and action
The Coordinator of Elementary Training will report directly to City Garden’s CAO, and will collaborate with City Garden Montessori’s leadership team, faculty and staff to implement the school’s mission and vision.
- Develop curriculum for City Garden’s Elementary Teacher Education Program, in partnership with City Garden’s CAO, and make adjustments as needed.
- Work with the CAO to hire course instructors, guest lecturers and coaches for the elementary training program.
- Support faculty with the preparation and maintenance of City Garden’s Elementary Teacher Education Program environment and materials.
- Serve as the main point of contact for adult learners throughout the program.
- Observe and mentor adult learner’s progress throughout the program.
- Review, analyze, and maintain assessment of adult learner achievement.
- Support adult learners in the implementation of the Elementary Montessori standards during their practicum period.
- Coordinate Elementary practicums for the seamless transition from the academic course work to the internship.
- Coordinate Elementary specific professional development for City Garden faculty and staff.
- Work closely with City Garden’s CAO and other members of the Institute and school team.
- Understand and promote City Garden Montessori’s vision, mission, and goals to adult learners, and the community.
- Lead Elementary Teacher Education Programfaculty meetings and other meetings as required.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Recognized elementary Montessori credential;
- Deeply grounded in racial equity and have strong alignment with anti-bias, anti-racism values, and be able to lead from this place;
- Extensive understanding of Common Core State Standards;
- Evidence of 30 hours continuing professional development for the last three years;
- Evidence of professional experience within the past five years, such as: letters of recommendation examples of curriculum development (lessons plans, power-point, outline, photographs), publications, professional presentations, etc;
- Evidence of at least three years of teaching experience in a Montessori lower elementary classroom AND three years of teaching experience in a Montessori upper elementary classroom after receipt of Montessori credential;
- Evidence of experience in teaching adults, educational administration, and curriculum development;
- Current AMS membership or open to obtaining an AMS membership.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Coordinator of Elementary Training candidate will also possess:
- Evidence of at least 3 years successful experience as a Montessori Instructional Coach/Coordinator/Specialist;
- Deep knowledge regarding learning science and how to support adult learners;
- A strategic mindset, with the ability to craft and align a team around a compelling vision for excellence;
- A track record of effectively coaching, developing, and evaluating teachers and staff;
- Experience designing and implementing program evaluation;
- Being child-centered, flexible, and willing to do whatever it takes for our students;
- Have a growth mindset and commit to proactive, self-directed continuous learning;
- Express humility, vulnerability, and willingness to speak and hear candid feedback.
Compensation and Benefits
- This will be a contractual position.
- The hourly rate will be $30-$50 per hour, commensurate with experience.
- Hours will vary during peak and non-peak work seasons.
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 kids 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. We are balancing the state and federal requirements of being a public school with the commitments of fully implementing Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. Leaders, guides (teachers) and 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. Everyone comes to City Garden with strengths, and with deficits. We are striving to create a learning community where feedback and growth are a regular part of our work, and to support each other as we constantly develop into better educators and better people.
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. All of our team members 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 and constantly evolving school. Things change fast, and we are still developing programs, systems and structures. Staff have a lot of opportunity to innovate and create, while also being required to be flexible as each of us plays an active role in the continued development of our school and community. 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 joyful, funny, smart and engaged, and they love all of the adults at City Garden. Our parents and guardians are fiercely committed to our community and to what is best for their children (and all children); our families are an integral part of our school. We have an incredible community of support beyond our walls, which includes neighborhood residents, other organizations, businesses, foundations, corporations and lots of individuals who believe in us and our mission. We have a lot of fun and laugh regularly. We believe that we are building a better world, by nurturing and guiding our children and building community.
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.