Job: Montessori Preschool Teacher

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Job Description

Job Number:2017-2317

Montessori Preschool Teacher
ERAC-Special Services

FTE: 0.250
Hours Per Day: 2.00
Position Type: Continuing

Start Time:
End Time:

Salary: $25.13 - $28.02

Closing Date: 07/17/2017 - To be considered for this position, please submit a completed
online application and upload required documents on or before this date.

Additional Information: This is a Job Share position with existing Montessori teacher. Begins with
2017/2018 school year. Each teacher will work 10 hours per week.


GROUP: Professional Technical (non-represented) LEVEL: 12 FLSA Status: Nonexempt

: 180 HOLIDAYS: 11

SUMMARY: A Montessori Early Childhood teacher works with preschool students to build school readiness in

literacy, mathematics and social emotional developmental needs using the Montessori philosophy and

materials. The teacher collaborates and contributes as an effective team member with the assistant teacher and

communicates effectively with parents.

CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center in Washington State. Starting in

the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining the

community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline

Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline
students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their future.

The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and

organizational practices:

- Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.

- Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.

- Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.

- A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not

exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also

be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

- Provide purposeful Montessori instruction at student's instructional level with a link to district initiatives

- Implement interventions based on student assessments and evaluations

- Schedule student interventions that are responsive to changing needs for intensity and /or duration

- Utilize data and frequent, ongoing progress monitoring systems to inform decisions and/or revisions

- Train and supervise paraprofessional assistant teacher service as needed

- Establish and communicate clear lesson and intervention purpose

- Implement and model intervention and de-escalation strategies across settings

- Perform other related duties as assigned by the building administrator.




American Montessori International certificate or willingness to obtain AMI certificate within three years of hire

Associate Degree in the field of early childhood education or child development with a minimum of 30 quarter

units or equivalent semester hours in the field of early childhood education/child development OR Associates

Degree in related field and five years of experience in serving Pre/K students and families

Experience in teaching Montessori classroom(s)/Preschool


Bilingual in Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English

Valid Washington State Elementary Education Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Early Childhood

Education (Pre-K-Grade 3)

Experience in teaching Montessori classroom(s)/Preschool


Post hire, pre-employment physical assessment

Criminal background check

First Aid and CPR certificate


Washington State Essential Learning Standard based instruction

School board policies and procedures


Demonstrate capability to physically interact with students

Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Maintain effective working relationships with other people.

Manage and supervise the work of others

Adapt instructional materials and strategies to accommodate the wide range of skills

Apply current trends and practices in education.

Teach in a multi-cultural and mainstream setting

Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Building Administrator or designee

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made

to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to bend neck and back, use hands

for repetitive grasping, squat and kneel. The employee frequently is required to stand/walk, sit, use hands to

push/pull and for fine manipulation. The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs, reach overhead, lift

overhead, and lie down, crawl, knee stand, lift/carry, and push/pull. The employee must constantly lift and/or

move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move a maximum of 50

pounds. Anything over the weight limit should be done with a two (or more) person or mechanical lift. Specific

vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an

employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experiences frequent interruptions; exposed to infectious diseases carried by students. Required to deal with angry

or distraught students. Some assignments require attending to students' personal hygiene, and/or periodic lifting.

Dealing with out-of-control students requires personal safety awareness.

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot

include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

Created by Human Resources, 2017.01.20

Highline Public Schools, District #401, complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate

in admission, access, treatment, or employment in education programs or hiring practices on the basis of race,

creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital

status, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical

disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all

students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Any

person having inquiries should contact: Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Affirmative

Action, Civil Rights Act (employees), and Title IX: Chief Talent Officer, 206.631.3121,; Civil Rights Act: Executive Director of Student Support and Family

Engagement, 206.631.3100, 206.631.3100,; Section 504 of the

Rehabilitation Act- Director of Health and Social Services, 206.631.3011,