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Children's Kiva Montessori School - Lead Teacher 4-6
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Children’s Kiva Montessori School
Position Description and Responsibilities
Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary (4-6)
Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School (CKMS) is a public charter school serving
children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located in Cortez, Colorado in
the beautiful Four Corners Region where rivers, mountains, mesas, and canyons offer
unparalleled access to the outdoors for recreation, sport, enjoyment, and solace.
CKMS provides a stimulating, carefully prepared environment that nurtures students’ intellectual
and social-emotional development through the use of Montessori methods, Community-based
educational approaches, and STEAM integrated academics.
The Lead Teacher Upper Elementary (LTUE) is a curriculum leader responsible for providing a
stimulating, carefully prepared environment that nurtures students’ intellectual and
social-emotional development through the use of Montessori methods, Community-based
educational approaches, and integrated academics (STEAM). As a standard-based institution,
CKMS educators work together to develop curricula that advance student academic growth as
established by the school and the Colorado Department of Education.
The LTUE joins a team of education leaders who are committed to cultivating an academically
rigorous classroom where independence, creativity, responsibility, and respect are fostered.
CKME educators model positive interpersonal relationships with students, parents, staff and
? Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in a related subject from an accredited university.
? AMS or AMI Montessori credential, and ESSA teacher qualified status as per Colorado
Department of Education https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/tii/a_hqt (or) be
enrolled in a Montessori program, (or) be willing to enroll in a Montessori program and/or
participate in on-site training.
? Lead teacher experience in a hands-on, child-centered learning environment (e.g.
Montessori, STEM, STEAM, Project-based, and/or Expeditionary preferred).
? Willingness to balance the demands of providing high-quality Montessori experience in a
charter school environment; authorized through the Charter School Institute (Denver,
? Understanding of standards-based curriculum alignment and progress monitoring
systems that ensure fidelity of program implementation.
? Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement Review support plans (e.g., IEP, ALP,
RTI, 504), and, in collaboration with support team, to implement the recommendations,
accommodations and modifications for special needs/at risk students
? Verifiable experience in collaborative environment and clear awareness of role (s) played
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
? Plan and develop age appropriate curriculum that promotes intellectual, social,
emotional, and physical growth of the student, to include the school year lesson plans,
special units, projects, field trips, speakers, and material requirements.
? Demonstrate knowledge and implement curriculum that meets or exceeds Colorado
Academic Standards (CAS) as outlined by the Colorado Department of Education, and
at the direction of the Head of School and the School’s Employee Handbook.
? Maintain an orderly, aesthetic, and purposeful classroom environment.
? Prepare and use class materials that are consistent with the Montessori philosophy,
relevant to the curriculum and developmentally appropriate for the student.
? Implement standards-based data tracking system (Teaching Strategies GOLD,
Montessori Compass) and use data to inform instructional development and delivery.
? Train, mentor and lead Assistant Teacher in the school’s teaching philosophy and use of
materials, and support their professional development.
? Compile and maintain continuous student progress records and track daily attendance.
? Schedule and conduct parent/teacher conferences to communicate student progress,
development, and individualized learning plan recommendations and review
? Review support plans, (e.g., IEP, ALP, RTI, 504) and collaborate with support team to
implement the recommendations, accommodations and modifications for special
needs/at risk students.
? Support and facilitate required student assessments.
? Plan and manage off-campus activities in a manner that ensures proper parental
consent, supervision, and student safety at all times.
? Communicate consistently with parents and encourage parent involvement in their
student’s education and the school.
? Work collaboratively with other Lead Teachers and staff and actively participate in
professional development and learning activities.
? Work to continuously improve effectiveness in all instructional practices.
? Exhibit open, honest, professional, and respectful communication with the students,
parents, staff, and Board of Directors.
? Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional Job Requirements:
? Assure the safety and welfare of students including necessary actions to insure that
students are supervised at all times.
? Demonstrate faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work.
? Submit required reports promptly at the times specified.
? Demonstrate care of and protection of CKMS property.
? Report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law.
? Use the CKMS internet and E-mail system as specified in Policy.
? Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or their designees.
Education and Training
? Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a related subject from an accredited university.
? Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring.
? Certificates, Licenses, & Registrations: Colorado Teaching License with endorsements
for the levels and subject areas teaching. Pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II Test. Meet CDE
and NCLB requirements for Highly Qualified. May be required to complete CPI training
depending on assignment.
Technical Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
? Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills.
? Strong decision making, analytical and organizational skills.
? Ability to work with students with diverse needs at various levels.
? Ability to develop and implement engaging lessons that facilitate student mastery of the
Colorado Academic Standards.
? Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
? Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
? Ability to promote and follow CKMS policies and procedures.
? Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively in a team setting.
? Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules,
practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe
conditions to the appropriate administrator.
? Ability to utilize formative and summative assessments to access student learning.
? Ability to implement IEP’s, 504’s, and behavior support plans.
Materials and Equipment Operating Knowledge
? Microcomputers and general office equipment.
? Microsoft Office applications.
? Student Information Systems.
? Position: Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary (4-6)
? Status: Full Time, Exempt
? Supervisor: Head of School
? Salary: DOE (see published Step Schedule)
? Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, Personal Days, PERA (Colo. Retirement)
? Revised: June 2019
Job Contact Information
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)