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Whole Child Specialist (Student Support Specialist)

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Montessori For All | Austin, TX
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Montessori For All


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March 2, 2020
March 1, 2020

Help Montessori For All change the face of 21st century schools. We are currently looking for a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) to serve as our part-time Whole Child Specialist. Our Whole Child Specialist will support the overall social and emotional health of the campus by helping teachers strengthen their Tier 1 approach so that our classrooms are as therapeutic as possible, help us build out our Tier 2 plans, help us build out our Tier 3 strategies, and provide direct support to children and families. The Whole Child Specialist will also help us codify and disseminate our approach to impact schools across the nation.

About Us: 

In Austin there are dozens of private Montessori schools providing opportunities for children to reach their extraordinary potential within an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, critical thinking, academic rigor, and peace. These options tend to be in more affluent areas, and they are too expensive for the majority of families living in Austin. 


Montessori For All seeks to change that. We endeavor to open and lead free, high-performing, authentic Montessori schools that partner with families to help children in diverse communities reach their extraordinary potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, creatively, culturally, and physically, so that they can pursue lives full of purpose and joy.

Our first campus, Magnolia Montessori For All, opened in East Austin in August 2014 with infants through 3rd grade and has grown by one grade each year until 6th grade. 

Our Pillars:

  • Focus on Leadership: We strive to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. We teach by example and constantly model living with integrity and courage, eagerly learning, appreciating and showing gratitude, demonstrating persistence, excelling, and respecting and helping others and the environment.
  • Education for the Whole Child: We help children grow academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, an emphasis on intrinsic motivation, student-led projects, acquisition of a second language, rigor, and learning beyond the classroom that prepares children for high school, college, the 21st century and lives as leaders in their families and communities.
  • Teachers as Leaders and Innovators: Our teachers are empowered to shape curriculum and school culture and contribute to ongoing developments in the field of education through research and the dissemination of knowledge. 
  • Families as Partners: We partner with families to provide the most nurturing environment to help children grow into their fullest potential, so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.
  • Continuous Improvement: We strive for continuous growth through a process of Assessing→Analyzing→Acting. We hold ourselves and others to high expectations, engage in self-reflection, and take personal responsibility for ensuring success for each and every child.
  • Diversity and Teamwork: We believe that children learn best in racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse environments, so that they are prepared to act as global citizens and leaders. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community.


Our Ideal Candidate:

As a start-up non-profit organization that is serving a diverse group of children and families in an urban setting, we are looking for people who will thrive in our fast-paced, innovative, and often challenging environment. In order to succeed here, candidates must be:

  • Able to persevere in the face of everyday challenges, both big and small
  • Motivated to work in a social justice-oriented organization, which includes reflecting on our own racial biases and developing a culturally responsive curriculum for our classrooms
  • Mission-driven and prepared to work urgently toward closing the opportunity gap and ending educational inequity through achievement of student outcomes
  • Invested in the Montessori approach to education as truly transformational, both for the child and the world
  • Comfortable interacting with diverse families and have experience with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all

Requirements & Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree
  • Comfort interacting with diverse families and experience with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
  • Therapeutic skills to provide direct, intense one-on-one or small-group work
  • A systems-view of how various components of a school environment can work together to strengthen social, emotional, cultural, and mental health

Preferred:

  • Bilingual

Responsibilities: 

The Whole Child Specialist is an integral part of our Response to Intervention Team, which is comprised of the Principal, the Director of Teaching & Learning, the Director of Student Affairs & Services, and the Chief Academic Officer. We are working to figure out: How do we create a strong and comprehensive yet sustainable and manageable Response to Intervention approach that builds strong social, emotional, cultural, and mental health in our children? And how do we spread the approach to other schools around the world? 

Our Schedule & Calendar: 

  • The Whole Child Specialist works from 7:15am-4:15pm, three days per week. We are open to which days of the week, but Friday must be one of the days. 
  • Children are in school for 185 days. The school year starts three weeks earlier than the local ISD and ends at the same time.
  • There are two weeks of professional development before school starts.
  • We follow a modified schedule with 1-2 week breaks in October, December, and March, as well as six weeks of break in the summer. Approximately 1-2 days of Fall Break and Spring Break will be devoted to Professional Development. In addition there are 9 days of vacation/sick leave.


Help Montessori For All change the face of 21st century schools. We are currently looking for a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), or a Licensed Marriage and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community: 

  • Broadening your impact by being a member of the city’s first public Montessori school.
  • Participation in a growth and leadership program that uses goal-setting, reflection, and mentoring to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary for success.
  • Opportunities to assume new leadership roles as we create our school, open additional campuses, and build a national Charter Management Organization.
  • A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the infant through 6th grade program (if a spot is available).
  • Ample time for professional development that is built into the week and year.
  • Vacation time spread out through the year, including a Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.


Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community: 

  • Broadening your impact by being a member of the city’s first public Montessori school.
  • Participation in a growth and…

Level of Language Proficiency

English- Expert

Spanish- Preferred expert

English- Expert

Spanish- Preferred expert

How to Apply

Application Process:

  • Step One: Submit an application that includes the following components:
  • Resume 
  • Cover letter addressing the following:
  • Why do you want to work at Montessori For All?  
  • What is your current salary?
  • What is your Spanish proficiency level? 
  • Any additional information you would like to add

Notes: Please submit the resume and cover letter as a single attachment. E-mail it to saracotner@montessoriforall.org with the subject line: YOUR-LASTNAME – Whole Child Specialist. 

  • Step Two: Selected candidates will be invited to the semifinal round, which includes completing a performance task related to the roles and responsibilities of the position. Final details of what to expect during this round will be sent to selected participants.
  • Step Three: Upon completion of the semifinal round, selected candidates will be invited to the final round. The final round will consist of an onsite interview with the leadership team, guides, and families.
  • Final Verification: Reference check


Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Montessori For All is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Process:

  • Step One: Submit an application that includes the following components:
  • Resume 
  • Cover letter addressing the following:
  • Why do you want to work at Montessori…

Location

5100 Pecan Brook Drive, Austin, TX 78724

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