Montessori Instructional Specialist

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt/Professional
Reports to: Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Date Revised: May 27, 2015
Dept./School: Curriculum and Instruction

Primary purpose

Coordinate Montessori curriculum to ensure alignment to TEKS, provide professional development to Montessori campuses, and work with principals to support and grow the Montessori program, and conduct program evaluation.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Master’s degree from accredited university

Valid Texas teaching certificate with ESL endorsement  

Montessori credential by a MACTE accredited Montessori center

Administrative certification preferred

Experience

Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Montessori lead teacher grades Pre-K3-5

Administrative experience preferred

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of and experience with Montessori curriculum and teaching strategies

Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Ability to interpret data

Ability to collaborate with multiple departments and campuses

Major responsibilities and duties

Program Management

  • Assist teachers in developing lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of Montessori program.
  • Observe classroom instruction and provided assistance to classroom teachers to facilitate improvement in teaching the Montessori curriculum.
  • Provide staff development for Montessori teachers.
  • Evaluate the Montessori program’s effectiveness based on evaluative findings and recommend changes as needed.
  • Work with other members of staff to determine instructional goals, objectives, and methods according to district and Montessori requirements.
  • Align district curriculum and Montessori curriculum in PK-3 through 5th grade.
  • Collaborate with content coordinators to ensure alignment to TEKS and district objectives.
  • Assist with identifying appropriate instructional resources and materials to support the program.

 Classroom Management and Organization

  • Work with teachers to ensure that the classroom environment is conducive to learning and appropriate for Montessori model.

Communication

  • Establish and maintain a professional relationship and open communication with departments, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members.

Professional Growth and Development

  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  • Comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Posture: 
Prolonged sitting or standing; frequent kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: 
Frequent walking, getting in and out of the car to travel between campuses/office
Lifting: 
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); may lift and move textbooks and classroom equipment
Environment: 
Work inside, may work outside; regular exposure to noise
Mental Demands: 
Maintain emotional control under stress; work prolonged or irregular hours

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.