DC Wildflower Public Charter School Founding Primary Assistant (blue montessori) Washington, DC · Full time

The Montessori Primary classroom is a mixed age early childhood environment that supports PK3-PK4 students. As the Founding Primary Assistant, you will be a critical member of our school community supporting classroom management, the upkeep and replenishment of the Montessori prepared environment, and reinforcing Montessori’s philosophy of whole child education.

Description

About blue montessori

blue montessori is a public, teacher-led one classroom Montessori school house located east of the river in the historic Arts and Culture District of Anacostia in Washington, DC. blue montessori prioritizes the well-being of the whole child—mind, body, senses, and spirit—with an emphasis on connection to nature. We are committed to trusting, respecting, and empowering children to be active participants in their own education and being a space where they can bring their whole selves every day. blue montessori is the second school in the DC Wildflower PCS network. We'll serve up to 22 PK3 and PK4 children in the 2024-2025 school year, and will grow to serve up to 30 students (PK3-K) in following years.


About DC Wildflower

The mission of DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS) is to serve a larger, universal purpose in eliminating racial and social discrimination and hierarchy – and offer an intimate liberatory educational experience. We believe intentionally small, community embedded, teacher-led Montessori learning environments will accelerate the journey for students of the global majority to be and feel safe, seen and heard. DCWPCS is where students’ identities are affirmed and their genius unleashed!


Responsibilities

The Primary Assistant's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and repairing curricular materials
  • Maintaining an inventory of classroom materials
  • Supporting with all aspects of the daily routine, including lunch, dishes, nap time, recess, bathroom duties, and on-site classroom laundry
  • Observing children and sharing questions and observations with teacher leaders
  • Initiating growth and change in your own intellectual and professional development; participating in opportunities for professional growth and learning
  • Conference and intervention support


Experience

  • Experience supporting early childhood learners 
  • Experience supporting children in an inclusive classroom
  • Previous Montessori experience preferred but not required 


Mindset

  • Commitment to your practice as an educator: blue montessori is a teacher-led school. Together, we are working towards designing the school we want to teach in. 
  • Commitment to Anti-Bias Anti-Racist (ABAR) Education: You will be working in a historically and predominantly Black community; be prepared to support a diverse group of children and families of the African Diaspora and beyond. We are seeking team members who are eager to expand access to quality early education for racially and socioeconomically diverse communities; you are ready to engage in anti-bias, anti-racist self-work and community-work.
  • Commitment to education for Peace: Montessori education is known around the world as education for peace. As a Montessori educator, you contemplate what this means within yourself, for our classroom, and greater Ward 7 community. 
  • Respect for Children: You lead with love,  kindness, and practice gratitude. You seek advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.
  • Growth Oriented: You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to develop new skills and expertise, and to more fully explore your purpose and potential. 

Additional Strengths

  • Experience as a farmer, gardener, or outdoor educator
  • Experience leading movement arts for children
  • Experience working in healing centered environments 
  • Strength for organizing space and materials 
  • Experience in community organizing 


Hours & Benefits 

This is a full-time position, supporting an 8 am - 3 pm school day. For SY 24-25, all staff will report on August 12 (at the latest). but we will invite the team to participate in summer opportunities to meet and build community with our families.


Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $46,250 -$ 55,000. blue montessori offers a competitive salary and benefits, opportunities for ongoing professional development, and connection to the wider Wildflower community and support.


Learn More

Applicant screening and interviews will be rolling throughout May, with finalists selected in early- to mid-June. Our goal is to complete hiring before June 21st.


Educators from Wards 7 & 8 are strongly encouraged. Applicants with previous experience working with students with special needs are also highly preferred.


DC Wildflower PCS: blue montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex or gender, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or in any other way based on personal identity markers that do not relate to the capacity of an individual person to carry out the responsibilities of a role.

Salary

$46,250 - $55,000 per year