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About Us

Sun Grove Montessori School is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation, located on a beautiful 5-acre wooded campus in sunny Fort Pierce, on Florida’s east coast. Founded in 1978, SGMS is the only International Montessori Council accredited school on the Treasure Coast offering full Montessori programs beginning at 6 weeks through 8th grade. We have a supportive team culture that serves a diverse population of students from Indian River County, Saint Lucie County, Martin County and beyond.

 

We seek individuals who embody the spirit of lifelong learning, have a true love and respect for children and seek to understand and commit to providing an outstanding educational experience for children.

Summary

The Head of School is accountable for the operations of the program and activities of SGMS, in keeping with the mission and vision of the school and the direction as set by the SGMS Board. The Head of School must represent the Board and embody the vision of the school in its relations with faculty, staff, students, families and the community.

 

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Required Credentials & Qualifications
Responsibilities
Overall
  • Is hired by and reports directly to the Board of Directors of Sun Grove Montessori School
  • Responsible for assuring Florida Department of Children and Families, applicable local, state, and federal guidelines are met
  • Serves as the school’s authorized legal agent 
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills in the use of computer applications and programs for communications, data collection, reporting and the business management of the school 
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently with all stakeholders
    • Partnering with the Board of Directors to report at an annual Stakeholder Meeting 
    • Schedules and organizes 3 school-wide staff meetings annually
  • Encourages and exemplifies the School’s vision of “embracing lifelong learning” 
    • Attends relevant business conferences, workshops or local, national or international Montessori conferences  
      • Encourages all staff members to attend Montessori conferences. Budgets or seeks out funds to assist with employee professional development expenses
  • Models positive attitude and courteous behavior toward children, staff, and parents
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills, and assists with parent informational needs in a timely manner
  • Organizes or facilitates regular parent enrichment programs
  • Oversees school network/IT needs and arranges technology support as needed 
  • Oversees risk analysis, insurance, and security needs and arranges support as needed
  • Oversees/organizes all staff, student, and school-wide events and activities
  • Oversees/maintains the school-wide inventory
  • Responsible for long term-strategic planning; progress, implementation, and reporting including but not limited to upholding accreditation standards, requirements and recommendations
Finance
  • Analyzes and manages the board-approved annual budget
  • Participation in the creation of the annual budget
  • Prepares detailed financial comparisons and data analysis to aid in setting an annual budget
  • Works with the School’s Accountant and Treasurer of the Board of Directors to prepare monthly and annual financial reports
  • Reviewing monthly bank statements
Personnel
  • Possesses the ability to recruit, employ, supervise, evaluate, dismiss and advise on compensation for all personnel
  • Determines employee salaries and benefits within the board of directors approved budget parameters.
  • Organizes or facilitates workshops and staff in-service programming
  • Coordinates continuous staff development, to assure practices within the school are consistent with the mission and beliefs of the school through the filter of “what is best for the child.”  Works with staff to develop and implement accepted models of best practice, rationale, and purpose  
  • Teaching Staff:
    • Assists Department Heads in recruitment of teaching staff 
    • Supervises the Spanish and Music teachers/programs, coordinating across all classrooms
  • Non-Teaching Staff:
    • Selects and employs non-teaching personnel in conjunction with Board
    • Advises Board on the need to dismiss non-teaching staff when appropriate 
  • All Staff: 
    • Administers equitable systems of compensation, working conditions and professional development of all staff in cooperation with the Board of Directors
    • Where necessary, counsels and advises school employees
    • Send and collect exit interviews
Enrollment
  • Coordinates with educational and administrative staff to aid with appropriate age level transitions and projections 
  • Assists in the facilitation of the admission, enrollment and transition process and as a classroom and family liaison 
  • Facilitates tours for prospective families in order to assist with admissions
  • Represents and explains the SGMS school mission and programs to prospective families 
  • Oversees and coordinates recruitment of students
  • Informs parents and prospective parents of enrollment policies
Education
  • Responsible for assuring that the school-wide curriculum is understood and implemented at all levels
  • Assists lead staff in overseeing specialty staff and enrichment programs
  • Schedules regular classroom observations, and works to support areas of development
  • Partners with the teaching staff to oversee and support the needs of all learners
  • Supports and oversees educational interventions and referral paperwork if a child is identified for outside educational testing   
  • Attends all meetings regarding student interventions, modifications or referrals
  • Oversees that accurate learning and observational records are maintained for all children
  • Responsible for the education and assessment side of the Standardized Student Assessment program
  • Coordinates and attends all Department Head meetings 
  • Serves as liaison between teachers and parents to resolve classroom issues 
  • Maintains school discipline policy in a consistent and respectful manner
Daily Operations, School Facilities & Equipment
  • Oversees daily operations of school, ensuring a safe and friendly environment
  • Attends to tasks and responsibilities associated with successful operation of school (e.g. communication, security, maintenance) in an as-needed and sometimes hands-on capacity
  • Demonstrates the ability to plan, schedule, and coordinate the efforts of numerous committees and numerous projects simultaneously. Ex-officio member of all committees
  • Maintains a comprehensive set of records on students, staff and prospective students
  • Demonstrates the ability to oversee the physical buildings and grounds for maintenance or new construction; Assists in overseeing the cleanliness, repair, and safety of the building and grounds as it relates to educational needs or components
  • Develops and maintains all contractual agreements for the school in areas of tuition, leasing, maintenance, insurance, and others as deemed necessary 
  • Oversees/organizes annual re-enrollment and contractual process
  •  Supervises maintenance of all school equipment
  • Supervises the maintenance of SGMS as an aesthetically attractive and safe environment, in cooperation with the Physical Plant Committee 
  • Advises Board on facilities and equipment improvement
Public Relations/Fundraising
  • Develops and oversees Fundraising programs to include but not limited to; fundraisers, grants, endowments, annual fund, etc.
  • Develops and oversees PR & Marketing programs to include; SGMS Website, social media, print materials, press releases, community involvement
  • Coordinates all internal and external school communications
  • Serves as spokesperson for SGMS 
  • Maintains constructive liaisons with other educational institutions and associations
  • Facilitates communication among all of the school’s constituents and encourages their participation in SGMS activities and events 
  • Represents SMGS in the community at large
Responsibility to the Board of Directors
  • Serves as non-voting member of the Board and is expected to attend all Board meetings and functions
  • Keeps the Board informed of all aspects of school operations
  • Brings to the Board’s attention issues that may require Board action or Board education
  • Communicates all Board policies and changes to the teaching staff and non-teaching staff and to SGMS Community members
  • Serves as a resource for the Board in developing new policies and initiatives
  • Serves as a resource for the Treasurer and the Board on financial matters
  • Represents the Board and Board decisions and policies to parents when appropriate
  • Oversees/organizes timelines and reporting of all operations of the school during the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors

Schedule – Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

About Us

Sun Grove Montessori School (SGMS) is an established, nonprofit Montessori school serving students 6 weeks through 8th grade.  We have a supportive team culture that serves a diverse population of students from Indian River County, Saint Lucie County, Martin County and beyond.

We seek individuals who embody the spirit of lifelong learning, have a true love and respect for children and seek to understand and commit to providing an outstanding educational experience for children.

Summary

The Toddler Assistant Teacher’s primary duties are to maintain the classroom environment and to assist the lead guide. Candidates must have experience working with young children and be committed to understanding and supporting the mission of the school. Professional behavior is always expected. The general duties include, but are not limited to:

General Responsibilities:
  • The assistant is responsible to the lead teacher and will assist in establishing and maintaining a harmonious classroom.
  • Will help in establishing and maintaining Montessori classroom culture, paying particular attention to the needs of students.
  • Carefully observe and keep records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom always being available to offer gentle guidance.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Participate in all school events and conferences.
Responsibilities to the Lead Teacher:
  • To assist the lead teacher with the children in their learning and understanding of the Montessori materials.
  • To be informed and carry out duties as assigned by the lead teacher
  • To be familiar with the Parent’s Handbook.
  • To inform the lead teacher of any classroom difficulties, including discipline, health, equipment needs, repair and maintenance.
  • To meet with the lead teacher to discuss goals for the class and individual students.
Responsibilities to the Children and Parents:
  • Keep information confidential.
  • Be professional and positive in all dealings with children and parents.
  • Share all information from parents with the lead teacher.
  • Allow the children to be as independent as possible and try not to be an obstacle in their growth.
  • Responsibilities to the Classroom:
  • Clean-up of the classroom. Ensuring that it is always tidy.
Requirements: 

The assistant teacher must meet the following basic requirements: 

  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • A clear record through fingerprinting 
  • Have the physical capacity to work with infants and toddlers

Schedule – Monday through Friday 2-6

About Us

Sun Grove Montessori School (SGMS) is an established, nonprofit Montessori school serving students 6 weeks through 8th grade.  We have a supportive team culture that serves a diverse population of students from Indian River County, Saint Lucie County, Martin County and beyond.

We seek individuals who embody the spirit of lifelong learning, have a true love and respect for children and seek to understand and commit to providing an outstanding educational experience for children.

Summary

The Aftercare Assistant Teacher’s primary duties are to maintain the aftercare environment and to assist in the transition from the school day to aftercare. Candidates must have experience working with young children and be committed to understanding and supporting the mission of the school. Professional behavior is always expected. The general duties include, but are not limited to:

General Responsibilities:
  • Reports directly to the Aftercare Supervisor in all pertinent matters or areas of concern. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and complete the Florida Department of Children and Families requirements for a “Child Care Employee”.” 
  • Develops an open and productive relationship with the Aftercare Supervisor and takes advice and instruction to develop consistency in the environment.
  • Aids in maintaining a beautiful environment, on a daily basis, that meets the needs of all children.
  • Is consistent with Sun Grove Montessori School’s mission and philosophy.
  • Demonstrates competency to support an educational program based on the individual child. 
  • Models positive attitudes and courteous behavior for all children and adults.
  • Communicates all pertinent issues concerning children or families to the Aftercare Supervisor or Administration immediately.
  • Is familiar with playground rules to ensure the safety of all children.
Responsibilities to the Children and Parents:
  • Keep information confidential.
  • Be professional and positive in all dealings with children and parents.
  • Share all information from parents with lead teacher.
  • Allow the children to be as independent as possible and try not to be an obstacle in their growth.
  • Responsibilities to the Classroom:
  • Clean-up of the classroom. Ensuring that it is always tidy.
Requirements: 

The assistant teacher must meet the following basic requirements: 

  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • A clear record through fingerprinting 
  • Have the physical capacity to work with young children
About Us

Sun Grove Montessori School (SGMS) is an established, nonprofit Montessori school serving students 6 weeks through 8th grade.  We have a supportive team culture that serves a diverse population of students from Indian River County, Saint Lucie County, Martin County, and beyond.

We seek individuals who embody the spirit of lifelong learning, have a true love and respect for children, and seek to understand and commit to providing an outstanding educational experience for children.

Summary

The Classroom Assistant Teacher’s primary duties are to maintain the environment and to assist the Lead Teacher with the classroom. Candidates must have experience working with children and be committed to understanding and supporting the mission of the school. Professional behavior is always expected. The general duties include, but are not limited to:

General Responsibilities:
  • Reports directly to the Lead Teacher(s) in all pertinent matters or areas of concern. 
  • Develops an open and productive relationship with the Lead Teacher and takes advice and instruction to develop consistency in the environment.
  • Shows evidence of basic computer literacy/competency.
  • Attends the Montessori Philosophy workshop and Positive Discipline course annually.
  • Attends Assistant training course whenever offered.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Sun Grove Montessori School’s mission and philosophy.
  • Meets weekly and monthly with team members under the Lead Teacher’s guidance for planning and guidance purposes.
  • Communicate all pertinent issues concerning children or families to the Lead Teacher or Administration immediately.
  • Assists in teaching all learners in the classroom under the guidance of the Lead Teacher.
  • Is present with children, in the classroom, during lunch, and during playtime, unless on an approved break.
  • Aids the teacher in preparing and maintaining a beautiful environment, on a daily basis, that meets the needs of all learners.
Responsibilities to the Children and Parents:
  • When appropriate, aids in supervision and guidance of students as they are cleaning the environment, ensuring that the environment is left clean and beautiful.
  • Demonstrates competency to support an educational program based on the individual child. 
  • Models positive attitudes and courteous behavior for all children and adults. 
  • Assists lead teacher in keeping accurate daily, weekly, and monthly record keeping detailing lessons given, curriculum covered, work progress, and observations for each child. 
  • Prepares, with the Lead Teacher, for orientations, showcases, or student/parent nights.    
  • Participates with other team members in orientations, showcases, student/parent nights, and extensions or overnights in the elementary and middle school environments.
Requirements: 
  • Holds a High School Diploma or higher unless substituting DCF Child Care experience and/or training and employment would be a step toward a diploma or degree.
  • When working with children from infancy through 5 years of age, meets Florida Department of Children and Families requirements for a “Child Care Employee.”  
About Us

Sun Grove Montessori School (SGMS) is an established, nonprofit Montessori school serving students 6 weeks through 8th grade.  We have a supportive team culture that serves a diverse population of students from Indian River County, Saint Lucie County, Martin County, and beyond.

We seek individuals who embody the spirit of lifelong learning, have a true love and respect for children, and seek to understand and commit to providing an outstanding educational experience for children.

Summary

The Middle School Guide will Co-Lead the classroom and will be responsible for providing a nurturing, productive learning environment in keeping with the mission and vision of the school. They will provide day-to-day guidance to the students. The Guide will also be responsible for collaborating with their Co-Lead to develop interdisciplinary units of study as needed and to play a leadership role in the school. Professional behavior is always expected. The general duties include, but are not limited to:

General Responsibilities:
  • Schedules all support staff and coordinates with other lead teacher(s) for appropriate coverage.
  • Meets daily with the teaching team and monthly with Elementary teams for planning and guidance purposes.
  • Communicates all pertinent issues to Administration immediately.  
  • Models positive attitudes and courteous behavior for all children and adults and will prepare all other visitors, staff and volunteers to model the same respect.
  • Prepares and maintains a beautiful environment, on a daily basis, that meets the needs of all learners, nurturing the aesthetic, creative, ethical, intellectual, social, physical and spiritual component of each child.
  • Implements accepted models of Montessori best practice, rationale and purpose.  
  • Continually and objectively observes each child’s learning style(s) and interests to increase success.  Regularly records observations. 
  • Demonstrates competency to provide effective, innovative instruction with a balance of Montessori materials and other relevant aids.
  • Oversees the learning of all children in the classroom while partnering with co-workers or support staff in supporting the needs of all learners.  Is present in the classroom with the children unless taking an approved break.
  • Plans, develops, records, and implements school-wide curriculum; makes or updates materials. 
  • Communicates ground rules and procedures effectively to all children and staff, and is consistent with natural and logical consequences using positive discipline techniques.  
Responsibilities to the Children and Parents:
  • Communicates with families weekly throughout the school year. 
  • Conferences regarding the overall development of their child are held three times per year as formal parent conferences. Conferences include strength and goal reporting. Facilitates special conferences as needed or by parent request.
  • Keeps accurate and daily attendance and tardiness records for each child.
  • Prepares regular classroom parent communications when appropriate and shares with Administration before distribution.
  • Facilitates a self-evaluation and meets with students.  These notes are shared between school and home at the end of each cycle.
  • Maintains comprehensive reports for each child and transfers files to next level or Administration prior to transfer or within a week of a child’s withdrawal.
  • Provides Administration with copies of conference reports and/or test results for student files in a timely manner.
  • Turns in a room repair list and wants/needs list during the last week of the school year. 
  • Participates in Middle School fundraising events, day trips and overnight events.
Requirements: 
  • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  • Is currently enrolled in, plans to enroll, and/or holds a Montessori Credential with MACTE accreditation at the current classroom level or at multiple levels. 
  • Demonstrates basic computer literacy/competency.
  • Meets every 6 weeks with classroom team for planning and guidance purposes.