School Name: Lake Country School

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Employment Type: Temporary

Start Date: 08/17/2023

Description: Title: Mentor for Upper Elementary Classroom Guide in Training
Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Position Begins: August 17, 2023 (teacher preparation days before school starts)
Status: Part Time to Full Time (60-100% FTE) Salaried – 10 month teaching position
Salary: $50,000-$65,000 (100% FTE) DOQ with competitive benefits package
FLSA Category: Exempt
Reports to: Head of School

School Overview
Lake Country School (LCS) is a compassionate and joyful community of children, adolescents, families, and faculty and staff that learn and grow together year after year. An independent school with a 45+ year history that is a nationally recognized leader in Montessori education, LCS is guided by its mission and its core values of Montessori pedagogy, peace education, stewardship, and love of work. LCS supports its faculty and staff with competitive salaries and benefits, strong adherence to AMI standards, beautiful, simple, and rich learning environments with a full complement of materials, and a commitment to professional development.

LCS is truly one of a kind with its urban and rural campuses. Its urban campus is nestled into the vibrant Kingfield Neighborhood in South Minneapolis: a mile from the chain of lakes and a few miles from downtown Minneapolis with access to the high quality parks, museums, universities/colleges, and businesses of the Twin Cities. Its rural campus is a 160 acre farm property 75 miles away in western Wisconsin that provides an incredible environment for deep, rich, and meaningful learning opportunities on the land during day trips and overnights.

Position Overview
The Mentor for an Upper Elementary Guide in training will be responsible for working with the guide in training to create and maintain an authentic Montessori learning environment and offer lessons and guidance to support the developmental needs of children according to Montessori training. The Mentor will be primarily responsible for giving the lessons and working with the guide in training to support the students with their follow on work. The Mentor will also support the guide in training with communication with families regarding their child’s holistic growth and development, with regular connections throughout the year and the two conferences annually.

Support the Guide in Training with the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

– Prepare and maintain a high quality Montessori learning environment for optimal growth and development – academic,social, physical and emotional (in classroom, hallway, and commons area)
– Guide and assess students through the AMI Elementary curriculum
– Plan presentations for the children and keep accurate records of presentations, classroom observations, and notes for conferences
– Facilitate a partnership and collaboration with the classroom assistant
– Implement a “going out” program
– Communicate with colleagues, student support team, and Head of School as needed regarding children in the classroom
– Help to plan, implement, and participate with all elementary special events and overnight experiences (orientations, open houses, etc)
– Set professional goals annually and plan and complete annual professional development that supports those goals
– Manage their classrooms consumable budget throughout the year in coordination with the accountant and submit requests for their non-consumable budget to the Head of School annually
– Support the school and its mission, vision, and values

Required Qualifications
– AMI or AMS Elementary Diploma
– Minimum of 3 years experience as a Montessori Guide at the Elementary Level
– Interest in and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
– Effective verbal and written communication skills

Additional Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
– Positive attitude, problem solver, honest and compassionate communicator
– Enjoys and is skilled at building relationships with children, families, and colleagues
– Driven to do high quality work
– Interested in collaborating with colleagues
– Warm and welcoming with children while being clear, confident, and firm when needed
– Approaches differences with curiosity and acceptance
– Experience and interest in equity, justice, and inclusion, as well as anti-racist, anti-biased education
– Loves nature and connecting with the natural world
– Welcomes feedback and wants to develop, learn, and improve professionally
– Interested in hearing and understanding different and new perspectives
– Speaks a second language (Spanish or French preferred)
– Humility, a sense of humor, and a warm and nurturing personality

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for all positions as Lake Country School is committed to its faculty and staff reflecting the diversity of the Twin Cities area.

Please submit a letter of interest, professional resume, and two professional references to:

Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is selected.

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