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We are seeking experienced Lead Montessori Teachers and Teacher’s Assistants for our African Centered Montessori School. The Montessori program supports the physical, cognitive and the social/emotional development of each child. The African Centered program promotes racial and cultural pride, through the seven principles of Nguzo Saba. Teachers in this program will help children expand their fine and gross motor skills, language development, problem-solving and self-help skills. They will also celebrate and understand African Centeredness, and use this approach to develop positive self-concept in each child.

Seneca Village Montessori’s mission is to promote social responsibility, and work toward instilling a strong sense of self , cultural identity, and belonging in our students. As an authentic Montessori school, our curriculum and programs are designed to build a solid foundation in academics, as well as social, emotional, physical and moral development. This approach encourages a child’s independence, self-motivation, and decision-making skills.

​If you feel that you would be able to make an impactful contribution to our village, please send us your resume along with a note explaining why you would make a great addition to our team.

​Resumes can be sent to office@senecavillagemontessori.com

​​​Lead Montessori Teacher​

Your goals as a lead teacher include helping the children to accomplish the following:

  • Build social and emotional skills by encouraging and modeling positive relationships with other children, teachers, and families.
  • Build positive self-concept and confidence by embracing and celebrating students’ culture.
  • Develop an Afrocentric value system through the Nguzo Saba principles.
  • Develop intellectual and cognitive abilities through fun exploration using Montessori materials and developmentally appropriate toys.
  • Foster creative abilities and fine motor skills through art exploration, music enjoyment and sensory activities.
  • Enhance large motor skills through daily outdoor play and movement activities.
  • Encourage a love and respect for nature, self, and the environment by weaving opportunities to explore into daily life.

Your role in the African Centered Montessori community of children, teachers, and family requires that you:

  • Be committed to helping African Centered Montessori set the standard for high quality child care at every level.
  • Be passionate about African Centeredness, and have a clear awareness of “who you are and where you come from”.
  • Know and understands the seven principles of Nguzo Saba, and implement the principles in the classroom.
  • Prepare the classroom environment true to the Montessori Philosophy, which includes materials and equipment, and ensures that all materials are in good repair and all sets are complete.
  • Plan and implement the African Centered Montessori curriculum. Update curriculum as student needs dictate.
  • Participate in the process to achieve and maintain AMS membership.
  • Monitor each individual child’s developmental milestones related to body, mind, communication, and self.
  • Establish positive and effective communication and relationships with families. Be available to parents through written communication, setting up conferences, and educating parents in the African Centered Montessori philosophy.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all assistant teachers in the classroom.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with center director(s).
  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, loving, and nurturing environment for all children.

EDUCATION – (Must have the following)

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • NYS Teacher Certification issued by the State Education Department or Equivalent Certification from another Jurisdiction.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Montessori Method
  • Extensive knowledge of African Centered Education and the Nguzo Saba

EXPERIENCE – (Must have the following)

  • At least 3 years of experience working with young children; school setting and/or licensed child care facility.
  • At least 1 year teaching in a Montessori classroom.
  • At least one year with a lead teaching role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Teacher’s Assistant

As a Teacher’s Assistant, your role requires that you:

  • Assist teacher during class time by redirecting children to work and aiding children who need help
  • Work with teacher to prepare environment each morning
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of environment daily
  • Assist in the cleaning, preparation, and maintenance of classrooms at the beginning of the school year, occasionally during year and at the close of the school year
  • Supervise children on the playground
  • Help children to work cooperatively in an atmosphere of respect, using models of behavior and intervention demonstrated by the teacher
  • Help teacher to make materials and plan activities; assists with field trips and “going out”
  • Substitute for teacher in cases of illness or absence (if teacher certified)
  • Report accidents and concerns immediately to the teacher
  • Work with teacher to learn about philosophy of Montessori to further understand the goals of the class and the school
  • Attend open houses and teacher in-service as directed in contract

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A joyful disposition and love of working with children
  • Ability to interact with parents and co-workers in a warm, empathetic, confident manner
  • Willingness to learn: Growth Mindset
  • Flexibility to help out wherever needed on campus

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma
  • 19 years old or older
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children
  • Responsible and able to take direction and to follow through
  • Willingness to be trained in Montessori philosophy