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CMA JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER
Mission
The Colorado Montessori Association is a powerful voice for Montessori advocacy providing a forum for networking and professional growth in the Montessori community. It is a highly functioning, evolving professional organization, unified in its vision, respectful, purposeful and inclusive.
Please Join Us for the June Director's Network Meeting **MOUNTAIN MEETING IN VAIL, CO**
Teachers Welcome

 
What:  Director's Network Meeting - Mountain Retreat Meeting - Teachers Welcome
Speaker: Megan Shull of Pediatric OT Services, LLC.
Topic: Normal Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorder for 3-6 year olds.
When:  Friday, June 19th from 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Vail Mountain School
                 3000 Booth Falls Road
                 Vail, CO 81657

The June Director's Network Meeting will be held IN THE MOUNTAINS at Vail Mountain School on Friday, June 19th from 1-3:00PM. We scheduled it on a Friday so that you can extend your stay in the Vail Valley if you are so inclined. 

For those interested in camping, there are camp sites in East Vail, Homestake Peak and the White River National Forest. There are also a variety of hotels that may have off season rates - the Marriott (Vail), the Westin (Avon), the Comfort Inn (Avon), the Comfort Inn (Avon), the Sharaton (Avon), Inn and Suites at Riverwalk (Edwards), Holiday Inn (Eagle and Vail).

This meeting is not just for Directors, but for teachers as well. We're hoping that you leave this time together with very practical ideas on how to support all of your children as they move through sensory development.

Our speaker will be Megan Shull. Megan Shull is
  a native of the Vail Valley and graduate cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2001 with a BS in Occupational Therapy and a second major in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on infant and child development. Megan has served children, adults, and families in a variety of settings, including: NICU, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, home health and hospice, early intervention, daycare and schools.

In 2004, Megan started her own private practice Pediatric OT Services, LLC. Her pediatric occupational therapy services include: evaluation and assessment of children from birth through eighteen years of age using informal and/or standardized testing (including the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test); direct therapy treatment in the home, school, and community environments; implementation of home programs; and family/teacher training and education.


An optional tour of Mountain Montessori in Avon, CO (about 13 miles west of Vail Mountain School) will follow the meeting. 

Making Public Funding Work for Private Montessori Schools

By Karen Farquharson

As Montessorians we are united by a common goal: to provide children with a developmentally appropriate, socially and academically stimulating, respectful environment so that they can grow and develop at their own pace and into their full potential.  On the public/private coalition committee we spend lots of time discussing the challenges faced by private schools and public schools alike and working to create connections between schools and to leverage all of the Montessorians in Colorado to support all types of Montessori schools.

One of the big challenges facing private schools these days is the influx of public funding into preschool programs.  More funding for preschool is a good thing, as it helps more families to have access to school and helps ease the financial burden on families with young children.  Many schools however feel threatened by this money, the new programs which are popping up to access it, and the declining enrollment they see as parents are attracted by “free” non-Montessori programs that in many cases may not provide as rich an educational experience as existing private programs.

Our challenge as Montessorians is this:
  1. How do we influence the conversation at the state and national level about preschool funding so that the bureaucratic strings associated with this funding are “Montessori compatible?” Â 
  2. How do we influence the conversation about accountability (which is a given when public funds are involved) so that accountability measures are not unduly burdensome to schools and teachers, and are aligned to Montessori beliefs and values?
  3. How do we support private school Montessorians in navigating the systems of public funding so that they are better able to fulfill their missions of providing quality education to children and are able to access these funds?
CMA is working actively on these challenges.  Recently a representative from the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) came to visit Montessori del Mundo – a public Montessori program that is participating in the program.  CPP is challenging for most schools (including MdM) because it limits the class size to 16.  This visit allowed the CDE representatives to see a class of 27 children and a class of 16, to observe the richness of interaction in the larger class size and to witness firsthand the developmentally appropriate instruction that happens every day in Montessori schools across the state.  They are so excited they’ve asked us to come back and speak to their whole department about how we can work to make the CPP program more compatible with Montessori best practices.  This conversation will hopefully benefit many Montessori schools in the years to come.

At the end of the day we can’t stop public preschool funding from happening, but we can have an impact on the way those funds are distributed, the accountability systems used to measure their success, and our ability as a community to adapt to the changing landscape of preschool funding in Colorado.  We invite you to be part of the discussion as we embark on this important journey to protect our valuable private school infrastructure and support more access to Montessori education for the children of Colorado. 

Article Submitted by: Karen Farquharson. Head of School for Montessori del Mundo
 
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

CMA Directors' Network Meetings
JUNE CMA Director's Network Meeting **MOUNTAIN MEETING IN VAIL**
What:       Directors' Network Meeting
Speaker:  Megan Shull
When:      Friday, June 19th, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm
Where:    Vail Mountain School
Phone:    970-476-3850
Topic:     Normal Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorder for 3-6 Year Olds

Come and join other Montessori Heads of School as we network, discuss relevant issues and support one another in leading our schools. Don't miss it!

CMA Director's Network Meeting Calendar
Click here for a copy of the 2014-2015 calendar for CMA's Director's Network Meetings.
Please note: no Director's Network meetings are held in July and August.
 
What:    A meet-up to build community, share successes and challenges, and strategize on expanding Montessori education for all children. Please click here for further details.
Sponsors: Westminster College Institute for Montessori Innovation, The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and Montessori for Social Justice
When:        June 26-27th, 2015
Where:       Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Contact:     Nancy Lindeman at nolindeman@gmail.com or Kacee Weaver at                               KWeaver@mariamontessoriacademy.org
"Montessori in the Mountains"
Conference Retreat

September 25-27, 2015
YMCA Conference Center and Resort, Estes Park, CO
Registration brochure is online at www.mecr.edu. Click on RETREAT tab.

Join Montessori teachers and administrators from Colorado and beyond for a stimulating fall weekend of professional development and personal renewal in a beautiful mountain environment. CMA will host the Welcome Reception from 7-9:00 pm on Thursday, September 24th.
  • More than 70 workshops and panel discussions.
  • Noted presenters will include: Jennifer Morgan, Louise Chawla, Betsy Coe, Marta Donohoe, Judi Bauerlein, Susan Tracy McDaniel, Tanaya Winder, and Frank Leto, as well as local favorites: Dee Coulter, Alice Renton, Donohue Shortridge, Betsy Hoke, Kathryn Ross, Sonnie McFarland, and Betsy Lockhart. 
  • Sessions for Infant through Secondary levels.
  • Up to 15 hours credit for professional development.
  • Exhibit Hall (Alison's, ETC, Laughing Star, Great Extensions, Bluestem, Big Picture Science, Montessori Foundation, and more!)
  • Schools Showcase
  • Receptions and Dinners
  • Music, Yoga, and and Dance
Register before May 24 for Early Bird rates and the best choice of workshops. 
Colorado Montessorians unite! Support Montessori advocacy in Colorado while also enjoying the benefits of networking, community forums and discounts on events, including great speakers like David Kahn, Jackie Cossentino, Tim Seldin and Phil Gang!  
 
Without members like you, CMA's work to ensure Montessori training for QRIS quality raters, advocacy for testing options for public Montessori schools, and the passing of House Bill 1276 allowing breakable waivers for Montessori schools wouldn't be possible...
 
If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 

TEACHER TIP

In the Gardens, Part 1


What a joy it is when the late spring sun invites the children outside into the gardens. Those of us with year-round programs are especially lucky to have the many opportunities for learning peaceful values through nature-based learning.

When we turn in the compost and start seeds and plants in the spring, we begin a season of stewardship and watch the growth of a variety of living things, helping us to appreciate diversity. Even with our wet, cold spring, lessons can be learned about protecting plants and sometimes, planting again when hail undoes our efforts. We learn that, if we cooperate with nature and water when it doesn't rain, what we plant flourishes. Children also learn the consequences of not attending to living things and observe the loss of a plant that isn't watered or is watered too much. Patience is required in the garden as there can be much time between planting and harvesting.
 

Celebrating the changes of the plants and animals in gardens gives us an appreciation of the process of growth of all living things, including ourselves and one another. When children study the interdependence of plants and animals on the playground, they gain an appreciation of the interdependence of all life. Also naturally taught is the "hurt no living thing" lesson when children need to walk carefully around the rabbits and ants, and watch the many birds that come to the bird feeders we keep filled. Worms who accidentally find their way to the cement get lovingly returned to the gardens by caring hands.

Food that is harvested and shared is not only an introduction to healthy eating, but an opportunity to build cooperation through food harvest, preparation and sharing. When family members come to school to help in the garden or prepare food harvested, it builds our sense of community. Garden areas invite storytelling, painting, sketching, and cloud watching. Sunflower houses and beanpole teepees can become natural play spaces.

Even if you don't have room for a large garden or two, I recommend finding something that can be made into a planter, even if it is using some plastic tubs or animal troughs on a cement play area. Children and their grownups will be grateful you did.

Some resources I recommend for gardening include: The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids/101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher, Life Lab, Gardening with Young Children, Infants through Third Grade by Sara Starbuck, Marla Oithof, and Karen Midden, Redleaf Press, A Child's Garden, 60 Ideas to Make any Garden Come Alive for Children, by Molly Dannenbaier, Timber Press, Sunflower Houses, A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups, by Sharon Lovejoy, Workman Publishing, and Nature Sparks, Connecting Children's Learning to the Natural World by Aerial Cross, Redleaf Press. 

Article Submitted By: Gina Abegg, The Compassionate Way Consulting
thecompassionateway@comcast.net

"Let us give the child a vision of the Whole Universe... the Universe is an important reality, and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life: for all things are a part of the Universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Member Schools can now sport the CMA "Member Program" Logo on their websites!
If you are a CMA member school or organization in good standing, it’s worth sharing that information!   That you have chosen to partner with other Montessori programs in the state gives additional credibility to not only your school, but Montessori education in general.
 
You are invited to add this “CMA Member Program” logo to your website, or use it in print publications.  We ask that you complete a “CMA Logo Use Application Form”, and send a signed copy to CMA via email to: coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com. Upon receipt of a signed agreement, we will respond to your email with a digital version of the program member logo shown below for your use.  
 
JOB POSTINGS
MONTESSORI CHILDREN'S HOUSE OF DENVER (MCHD) POSITIONS
 
 
Lower Elementary Teacher
Montessori Children's House of Denver
Denver, CO

 

Position Description:

Are you passionate about Montessori and about teaching lower elementary (6-9) students? Are you seeking out an established, professional, and warm Montessori community to teach in where you are an integral part of a dedicated team with a common Montessori vision?

MCHD is currently accepting applications from Montessori Certified Lower Elementary Teachers. MCHD was started in 1991 by passionate Montessori Teachers dedicated to implementing Montessori in an ideal setting with a commitment to excellence. MCHD now offers a Montessori education to children from 12 months through elementary (and middle school through its independent affiliate, The Secondary Academy).

MCHD is fully accredited by AdvancEd and NAEYC and is a full member school of AMS embarking on the AMS accreditation process in the coming school year. An amazing community of dedicated teachers and administrators team up to provide students and families with a strong Montessori education.

The Lower Elementary teacher is responsible for all classroom functions, including preparing the environment, teaching, student assessment and record keeping, parent relations and support, classroom communication, collaborating with administration, and the todderl, primary, and elementary teachers, and working with and developing, training and supporting his/her assistant.

Position Requirements:
- Montessori Certification through a MACTE accredited teacher training program.
-  2 or more years of experience, Teacher's Licensure and/or BA preferred, but not required.

Click here for more information about MCHD's Lower Elementary Teaching Position.
 
Start Date: August 2015
 
Contact:
Please email or fax resume to Attn: Michelle O'Donoghue, Executive Director. 
Emailexcdirector@mchdenver.org Fax: 303-355-8629  Phone: 303-322-8324 x 121
 
Denver, CO

 

Position Description:

Are you passionate about Montessori and teaching primary (3-6 year old) students? Are you seeking out a professional, yet warm, community to teach in where you are an integral part of a dedicated team of people with a common Montessori vision?

MCHD is currently accepting applications from Montessori Certified Primary Teachers. MCHD was started in 1991 by passionate Montessori Teachers dedicated to implementing Montessori in an ideal setting with a commitment to excellence. MCHD now offers a Montessori education to children from 12 months through elementary (and middle school through its independent affiliate, The Secondary Academy). 

MCHD is fully accredited by AdvancEd and NAEYC and is a full member school of AMS embarking on the AMS accreditation process in the coming school year. An amazing community of dedicated teachers and administrators team up to provide students and families with a strong Montessori education.

The Primary Teacher at MCHD is responsible for all classroom functions, including preparing the environment, teaching, student assessment and record keeping, parent relations, classroom communication, collaborating with the elementary and middle school team and working closely with and developing/supporting his/her assistant.

Position Requirements:
- Montessori Certification through a MACTE accredited teacher training program.
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2 or more years of experience, Teacher's Licensure and/or BA preferred, but not required.

Click here for more information about the Primary Teacher Position Opening.
 
Start Date: August 2015
 
Contact:
Please email or fax resume to Attn: Michelle O'Donoghue, Executive Director. 
Email: excdirector@mchdenver.org Fax: 303-355-8629  Phone: 303-322-8324 x 121
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FREE HORIZON MONTESSORI SCHOOL POSITIONS

 

 
Art Specialist Teacher
Free Horizon Montessori
Golden, CO

 

Position Description (.75 FTE, starting August 5, 2015):

We seek a dynamic, energetic, reliable individual to serve as our school's Art Teacher. This person sees all preschool-6th grade students throughout the school year and runs one art-related elective each quarter for 7th and 8th grade students. Art is one of five specialty classes elementary students attend on a 5-day rotating basis along with Music, PE, Technology, and Library. As a specialist teacher, this person will implement or develop curricular studies and art experiences to support students in development artistic knowledge and skills as outlined in the Colorado Department of Education Visual Arts content standards (http://www.cde.state.co.us/coarts/statestandards#Visual) as well as augment the historic, cultural, and scientific topics students are studying within the general education classroom through artistic experiences in support of our holistic, integrated approach. The art teacher provides opportunities and facilitates all aspects of student artwork to be displayed throughout the school as well as through outside art shows. We are seeking a well-rounded art teacher with strong drawing, painting, and ceramics experience. Qualified and interested candidates should upload a letter of interest, resume, and complete the online application via AppliTrack at  http://www.applitrack.com/freehorizon/onlineapp/.

About Free Horizon:
Free Horizon Montessori, a public charter school serving children in Preschool through 8th Grade, is a richly diverse community nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado. We are a growing school with more than 380 students and a strong, supportive parent body and passionate, committed faculty. At Free Horizon Montessori, we value educators who ignite passion, spark curiosity, and inspire children as they learn and grow into responsible global citizens. We are dedicated to supporting students in developing into independent, respectful, and responsible leaders and life-long learners. We view education as a partnership between the student, family, school, and community and seek professionals willing to invest in our pursuit of excellence. Our faculty enjoys a shared leadership model wherein all staff members are encouraged to contribute ideas and incite positive change. Does this strike a chord in you? If you embrace life-long learning, demonstrate professional maturity, and engage in a collaborative approach to education, we invite you to submit a letter of interest and resume and pursue joining our dynamic team.

We provide a newly updated comprehensive compensation package including competitive salary based on education, experience, and diverse skill sets that benefit our school community, PERA retirement contribution, benefit allocation toward health, vision, dental, and life insurance, paid leave time, and professional development opportunities.

Core qualifications for Teaching Positions:
Our specialist teachers must hold a Bachelor's Degree meet federal Highly Qualified criteria by passing the appropriate PLACE exam prior to employment. Successful candidates will bring a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience (though this can be waived in some cases), an understanding of the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment in supporting student achievement, and demonstrate comfort and competence in utilizing technology to enhance student learning. We seek friendly, passionate, dedicate people who believe in the Montessori Method in the public sector to join us. We are currently accepting letters of interest and resumes for a part-time Art Specialist Teacher.

Click here for more information about Free Horizon Montessori
 
Lower Elementary Co-Teacher
Golden, CO

 

Position Description (Full-time, starting August 5, 2015):

In addition to the core qualifications, this individual must be a strong, clear communicator, adapt well to change, show flexibility, welcome collaboration, keep organized and complete records, and have knowledge of Colorado Content Standards and Montessori lessons designed to engage students in learning these skills. This person truly loves working with 1st through 3rd grade aged children, and is committed to helping them build a solid educational foundation, develop strong social and emotional competency, and inspiring a life-long love of learning.

About Free Horizon:
Free Horizon Montessori, a public charter school serving children in Preschool through 8th Grade, is a richly diverse community nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado. We are a growing school with more than 380 students and a strong, supportive parent body and passionate, committed faculty. At Free Horizon Montessori, we value educators who ignite passion, spark curiosity, and inspire children as they learn and grow into responsible global citizens. We are dedicated to supporting students in developing into independent, respectful, and responsible leaders and life-long learners. We view education as a partnership between the student, family, school, and community and seek professionals willing to invest in our pursuit of excellence. Our faculty enjoys a shared leadership model wherein all staff members are encouraged to contribute ideas and incite positive change. Does this strike a chord in you? If you embrace life-long learning, demonstrate professional maturity, and engage in a collaborative approach to education, we invite you to submit a letter of interest and resume and pursue joining our dynamic team.

We provide a newly updated comprehensive compensation package including competitive salary based on education, experience, and diverse skill sets that benefit our school community, PERA retirement contribution, benefit allocation toward health, vision, dental, and life insurance, paid leave time, and professional development opportunities.

Core qualifications for Teaching Positions:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Montessori credential from MACTE-Accredited program (or previous experience in Montessori and a willingness to complete Montessori certification)
  • Highly Qualified under NCLB through passing score on appropriate PLACE or Praxis II exam 
  • 3 years experience as a Lead Teacher preferred
  • Successful candidates will bring an understanding of the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment in supporting student achievement, and demonstrate comfort and competence in utilizing technology to enhance student learning.
Click here for more information about Free Horizon Montessori
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MONARCH MONTESSORI OF DENVER POSITIONS
 
Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Denver, CO
 

Monarch Montessori is the only Elementary Montessori Charter in Denver Public Schools. Our team is passionate about bringing the Montessori model to all children of the Northeast Region. We are looking for assistant teachers in lower elementary classrooms.

Position Requirements:
  • Montessori training or experience a plus
  • 48 hours of post-secondary credits (NCLB Qualified)
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • You must have a passion to serve low income and ethnically diverse students.
  • We are seeking an energetic team player who wants to make a positive impact on young learners.
Contact:
Send a resume and personal philosophy statement to Charterjobs@monarchm.com
Click here for the full Assistant Teacher job description.
Benefits include: school holidays off, health insurance, dental insurance, PERA (Public Retirement), competitive salary based on experience and certifications.
 
Toddler Lead Teacher
Denver, CO
 

Preparing all children for education and for life is what we, at Monarch Montessori are all about. If you are passionate about assisting children to have a successful life, we have a home for you at our school. We are seeking a Toddler Lead Guide to join our team of supportive teachers and grow with our school for years to come. Monarch Montessori is an infant through fifth grade campus, focused on holistic teaching and celebrating diversity. The Toddler Lead Guide is responsible for teaching children ages 15 months to 36 months in a Montessori environment, preparing and maintaining the environment, observing and recording milestones for each child using various tracking tools, keeping daily records and writing a short weekly newsletter, child and parent orientations and meetings and implementing Montessori philosophy. This position is full-time, five days per week with occasional staff meetings and school events after hours.

Monarch Montessori offers a benefit package that includes health/dental and vision insurance, paid time off in addition to 15 paid holidays per year, and a discount on staff child enrollment. Each teacher receives a monthly classroom budget for purchasing materials. Salary is competitive and reflective of education and experience.

Position Requirements:
  • Meet the requirements for Early Childhood Teacher
  • Be Montessori certified, or willing to get certified
  • Be up to date on CPR, FA, and Universal Precautions or willing to take them
  • Love working with children and have a passion for Montessori
  • Be flexible and have a positive outlook
  • Have at least 1 year of experience in a Montessori environment
  • Want to work full-time or part-time
Contact:
Please respond to Director Tammi Mobley at tmobley@monarchm.com
Benefits include: starting pay at higher than average rate, 20 days of paid time off per year, child care discount, medical and dental insurance benefits, paid professional development hours, and a positive culture with room to grow.
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GILPIN ELEMENTARY UPPER
ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER POSITION
 
Upper Elementary Lead Teacher (Grades 4-5)
Black Hawk, CO
 
Position Description:

Gilpin County School District RE-1 seeks a teacher for the Montessori Grades 4 and 5. Gilpin County Schools serve approximately 425 PS-12 students with 50 staff members on one site. The District is on a 4-day a week schedule, Monday through Thursday. 

Job Goals:
To create a flexible program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with pupils; to motivate pupils to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good educational background in accordance with each pupils ability; to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Training in and experience with the Montessori educational philosophy and practice at the upper elementary level.
- Successful experience as a teacher at the elementary level with background in early literacy development and standards-based instructional practices. 
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment using good communication skills with students, staff, and the school community.
- Knowledge of Colorado standards and assessments, core content knowledge in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, and the ability to facilitate data-driven instruction.
- Use research-based instructional strategies and incorporate technology when teaching.
- Ability to ensure student academic success through individualized instruction, intervention, and enrichment.

Performance Responsibilities:
1. Plans a program of study that is appropriate to the maturity and interest of students and meets their individual needs and abilities.
2. Creates a positive classroom environment which upholds and enforces the school rules and is conducive to learning. 
3. The teacher will guide the learning process to increase student achievement in accordance with the curriculum and consistent with state and local standards.
4. Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives.
5. Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required in a timely and confidential manner. 
6. Work with other professionals to determine special learning needs of pupils on a regular basis, seeking the assistance of specialists as required.
7. Collaborates with colleagues, students, and/or parents on an ongoing basis concerning student academic and behavioral progress.
8. The school professional adheres to the Board of Education policies, state rules and regulations, and to licensure standards.
9. Strives to maintain and improve professional competence and serves on staff committees as required. 

Qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have or be eligible to obtain a valid Colorado Teaching Certificate endorsed in Elementary Education.
- Evidence of Elementary Content Knowledge PLACE or PRAXIS II passing score.
- Training certificate in Upper Elementary from an accredited Montessori Teacher Training Program (AMS preferred).
- One to three years of teaching experience with elementary students preferred.

Start Date: August 3, 2015. (Employment period is 163 days per year).
Contact:
Internal candidates submit a letter of interest and resume to the secondary principal.
- Download an application at www.gilpin.k12.co.us
- A complete packet includes: district application, cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation dated within the last year.
- Send a complete application via email with attachments to Michelle Welch at welchm@gilpin.k12.co.us
- Application review is ongoing and the position will be open until filled.

Salary is based on Certified Salary Schedule. Outside experience is credited up to 5 years on salary schedule.


 
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MT. SOPRIS MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL LEAD TEACHER POSITION
 

 

About Ross Montessori Charter School

Mt. Sopris Montessori School was founded by Mark and Kathryn Ross in 1981. We have 4 classrooms: 2 toddler rooms and 2 preschool rooms. The school enjoys a sterling reputation in the community and wants to hire a teacher who will help to preserve and protect this legacy. Carbondale is a small community, approximately 6,000, located between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. There are incredible opportunities to recreate in some of the most spectacular outdoor settings in Colorado. Our proximity to Aspen offers cultural and intellectual enrichment of world class quality. The valley has a public transportation system that allows easy access to most of these venues. 

Qualifications:
- Montessori credentials from an accredited Montessori training site
- AA or Bachelor's Degree in a field related to Child Development or Education is preferred but not necessary

Benefits:
22 paid holidays
10 days of personal leave
Wellness benefit
Up to 3% matching for an IRA
Professional development paid
Attendance at national AMS conference
Reduced tuition for dependents

Start date: August 17, 2015.
Ending: May 27, 2017
(8 week summer session optional)
Daily hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Click here for more information about Mt. Sopris Montessori School
 
Contact:
Contact Patricia Waddick, Director at pat@mtsoprismontessori.org.

Patricia Waddick, Director
Mt. Sopris Montessori School
879 Euclid Avenue
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-963-3506

 
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RB Fast - Vice President

Lyn Mead - Treasurer
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Sheila Wolfe

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2211 Xanthia Way, Denver, CO 80238


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