The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School in Blaine, MN has an opening for a full-time, Upper Elementary Teacher starting in the 2013-2014 school year. This position serves children grades 4-6 in a Catholic, Montessori classroom environment. The teacher will have full responsibility for creating and maintaining the highest quality multiage, upper elementary classroom (grades 4-6) while modeling faithful practice of the Roman Catholic faith.
The applicant must be a practicing Roman Catholic, faithful to the Holy Father and the Magesterium of the Church, who is actively engaged in growing closer to Our Lord. S/he must also have a Bachelor’s Degree and hold an AMI or AMS certificate at the upper elementary level. Knowledge of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is preferred.S/he should love children and desire to help them in their personal character and faith development. Discipline must be gentle and respectful while at the same time firm and consistent.
The applicant must be able to create and maintain an aesthetically beautiful, orderly classroom environment which is fully equipped with the necessary materials for upper level work. S/he must be able to engagingly present lessons, assess student progress, effectively report that progress to the parents and maintain student records.
The teacher must be able to work well with other adults. S/he must maintain strong, professional relationships with the parents, understanding that they are the primary educators of their children.
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School is a small, independent, preschool – 6th grade school within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Its mission is to provide “a nurturing learning environment personalized to each child and centered on God, where ministry to children helps them grow in holiness and become contributing members of society for God’s greater glory.” It incorporates the fullness of the Catholic Church using The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as its primary religious formation program and implements the method and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori throughout the curriculum
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School is a diverse community, located in Blaine, Minnesota. It is situated in the midst of four Catholic parishes, St. Timothy’s in Blaine, St. Paul’s in Ham Lake, St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove, and St. Joseph’s in Lino Lakes.
Send via email or mail: resume with cover letter, transcripts, and 3 letters of reference.
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School
13200 Central Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55434
Many school communities that choose a multiage structure for their classrooms due to low enrollments are discovering the educational benefits to children that Montessori educators have known for over a hundred years. Children thrive in environments with a variety of ages. The younger students have role models to look up to, and the older students have an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills. All students have an opportunity to move through many levels of work – at their own pace. Preparing and maintaining such a classroom can be very challenging! Way of the Shepherd invites traditional educators who are contemplating taking on this challenge to “come and see” how beautifully multiage classrooms can work.
- Classroom observation and/or attend an Informational Montessori Presentation-Adults only
- Submit Application for Admission and $100.00 (non-refundable) processing fee. Make check payable to The Way of the Shepherd.
- Submit completed New Child Questionnaire.
- Possible interview between prospective student and teacher to assess:
- readiness for the educational environment (primarily children new to the classroom/school)
- determine appropriate grade level placement
- Upon acceptance, a Contract for Admission will be issued.