Do you love working with adolescent students? In them do you see their power, potential, capabilities, and sparkle? In them do you see both struggle and a limitless capacity for greatness? If so, you might like hanging out with us.
We are a 250-student, 45-year-old, toddler-through-ninth-grade, independent school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are accredited by both the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and our middle school program is 25 years old.
Building on an incredible base –– passionate faculty; field trips to New York City, Arizona, and Costa Rica; a student-driven schedule; a micro-economy run by students; a farm-to-fork program also managed by students in our commercial-grade teaching kitchen; and a 37-acre satellite campus where we spend a full week every six weeks on project-based learning, community building, and environmental education –– we are in the process of growing and enhancing our program even more.
We dream of being one of the best Montessori adolescent programs in the country for our students and the local community, and we have all the pieces in place. We just need one more dynamic, driven, and dream-filled educator to round out our Junior High team.
Our seventh, eighth, and ninth graders are grouped together in Junior High (technically, we call our program Junior High and not Middle School). We graduate students in both eighth and ninth grades. Relatively new, our ninth grade is an opportunity for outstanding students to further develop the skills and courage they need to unleash their full potential. The experience includes several unique capstone projects, honors-level classes that meet all North Carolina ninth grade requirements, and a student-planned and student-led international trip. We currently have 25 students in Junior High, and we imagine our ideal size being closer to 35 students.
Our Junior High curriculum focuses on applied academics and experiential learning tailored specifically for adolescent-aged students. Our program is driven by a commitment to excellence in all that we do –– academically, socially, and programmatically. The curriculum reflects current adolescent development research; incorporates North Carolina state educational guidelines; and is based on Montessori principles such as multi-age classrooms, personalized learning, and project-based curriculum. As an independent school, we allow teachers to teach, and we are not constrained by antiquated educational models, nor cumbersome practices.
Our new teammate will be a 10-month, part-time teacher, working with the broader Upper School team and working closest with a small group of Junior High teachers who have expertise in history, science, and math. Growth potential towards a full-time position is possible.
The teacher should be prepared to work four hours per day, Monday through Friday, with roughly 2.75 contact hours with students in classroom responsibilities from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. While Montessori experience is not required, Montessori value alignment is.
If not from Montessori, candidates should have taught adolescents in some kind of experiential, inquiry-based, project-based, constructivist, or similar student-centered learning approach. The ideal applicant should be a strong writer and reader, as they will lead our language arts curriculum, with a focus on high-quality composition, Socratic seminar, literature study, and the overall beauty of language.
The ideal applicant should have significant adolescent teaching experience and be ready to bring substantive contributions to our team. A commitment to inclusivity and a professional balance of collaborative flexibility and drive for excellence are also key. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Above all, in our new teammate we are looking for a good heart and a good mind.
Our School is a great place to be for students and adults, alike. If you are a committed and passionate educator with a love for nurturing and challenging adolescents, we want to meet you.
If you are from outside the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, you should know that Greensboro is a wonderful, medium-sized, and very affordable city that is just three hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains.
P.S. We also want a teammate with a great sense of humor and a willingness to work super hard; someone who is an attentive listener, self-aware, and open-minded. Bonus if you speak Spanish.
Oh, and someone who might drive one of our 18-passenger school buses.
P.P.S. While this position is part-time, if the absolute perfect fit for our team needs full-time employment, then we will consider this.
Contact Information for Applicants
If you are interested in joining our team, please email a
(1) cover letter,
(3) picture that somehow captures what you think is a critical part of the learning process,
(4) examples of exemplary written work from your current or former students, and
(5) a philosophy of education statement
to our director of human resources, Heather Goggin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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