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Southwest Montessori Academy

Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Job Type

Lead Primary Teacher
Hours 8am-4pm

About the Role

Job duties include but are not limited to:

*keeping children physically and emotionally safe
*providing a personalized education and a prepared environment driven by Montessori philosophy and curriculum based on regular observations
*using Positive Discipline philosophy and tools to support social/emotional learning and challenging behaviors
*keeping families well informed of their child’s development, concerns and progress
*supporting and supervising of classroom assistant/intern, with regular communications
*educating parents of Montessori philosophy/curriculum and child development, including presenting parent workshops and sending newsletters

To apply: send cover letter, resume, references to Karrin Marquell, Head of School, at


Qualifications and Skills/Experience: Bachelor's Degree, Montessori credential

*Must hold a Montessori credential (from an AMS affiliated program, an AMI program, or a program accredited by MACTE ) or be enrolled in a program to obtain one, and must present a credential certificate as evidence.

*Qualifying candidates need to be kind, compassionate, enthusiastic, promote a positive attitude, and have a love for working with children ages 3-6 years old.

*Having a growth mindset and self-awareness is important for learning positive/long-term ways to connect with children and redirect misbehavior using Positive Discipline philosophy and tools. Must have had Positive Discipline training or be willing to complete training.

*Must have the physical capacity to work with young children and also have effective communication skills, both written and oral.

*Prior experience working with groups of children, even possibly in a Montessori environment is highly preferred *CPR/First-Aid certification is required (if not already, it will be required as part of the training) *Minimum of an Associate’s Degree Professional development opportunities are provided. Compensation is based on a scale.

About the Company

Southwest Montessori Academy was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2012. SMA is founded on the principles of mutual respect, with Montessori and Positive Discipline philosophies and practices at its core. Over the years we have built a community of parents and teachers who are excited about working together to serve our students. We have a passion for helping children reach their full potential, foster their love of learning and become contributing members of society. Our Montessori credentialed teachers are trained by accredited Montessori teacher training centers. We provide each student a personalized learning experience in an environment that is beautiful and specially-prepared for each student to become an independent, confident, compassionate and engaged learner.

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