Montessori School of Denver (MSD), located in beautiful Colorado, is seeking an experienced Librarian to join our school for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Prepare materials and lessons that meet the needs and interests of Kindergarten through 5thgrade students, are appropriate to their development, and are based on or are consistent with Montessori philosophy and practice, best educational practices, and the development of skills necessary for success in the 21stcentury.
- Collaborate with MSD faculty at all program levels to ensure cohesion between classrooms and library for student expectations and work.
- Teach age-appropriate library skills to Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School students.
- Be knowledgeable and competent in all relevant content areas and demonstrate consistent enthusiasm for teaching of the subjects.
- Utilize and adhere to the Curriculum Chart.
- Work closely and collaboratively with the Specials team to create cross-curricular opportunities and experiences for students.
- Participate in the Middle School Electives offerings.
- Teach typing, digital citizenship, and research skills to 3rd-5thgrade students.
- Support the research efforts of Kindergarten through 8thgrade students.
- Select and purchase books, resource materials, and other materials that are compatible with the Montessori philosophy, MSD curriculum, and school mission.
- Catalogue all books in the library database.
- Sustain and grow the student, teacher, Middle School, and parent library.
- Maintain a teacher resource area.
- Keep an accurate inventory of MSD books, DVDs, Audiobooks, resource materials, and technology.
- Oversee and facilitate the circulation of library resources to students, teachers, and parents.
- Communicate regularly with classroom teachers about student observations.
- Collaborate with head teachers and specials teachers to ensure up-to-date resources of interest and need are made available to them.
- Train teachers and staff in the use of library systems and resources.
- Order books from Denver Public Library if unavailable at MSD for teachers.
- Look for opportunities to have guest authors and illustrators visit.
- Contribute to school-wide communications, as requested, with library updates and library recommendations.
- Host MSD Story Time for toddlers and half-day Primary students regularly.
- Be open to the implementation of new programs that enhance our community outreach and student support.
- Organize and implement an annual book fair.
- Be open and flexible to hosting events in the Library space throughout the year.
- Meet with the Specials Team Leader and other members of the Education Leadership team as needed to establish goals, discuss curriculum, etc.
- Prepare and submit curriculum overviews to the Education Directors.
- Attend ACIS library meetings and visit and observe other school libraries.
- Prepare and maintain an environment that is well organized, orderly, attractive and aesthetically pleasing. Keep the materials, furniture, and the facility in good order and good repair.
- Appropriately manage classroom budget (both MSD main Library and Middle School Library).
- Create an emotional climate in the classroom that is warm and comfortable and in which the children feel safe and nurtured. Facilitate a cooperative and respectful classroom community.
- Define and support a clear process for resolving difficulties in the classroom.
- Model effective interpersonal relationships that are thoughtful and respectful.
- Manage the classroom in such a manner that children are able to concentrate on their work, be competent in their practice, and have confidence in their abilities.
- Intentionally seek knowledge of Montessori philosophy
- Set realistic and meaningful annual goals and work to successfully accomplish them.
- Continue to grow and keep abreast of current practice and materials by reading professional literature, participating in school professional development opportunities, attending a minimum of 15 hours of school in-services, going to workshops, and attending classes.
- Be able to engage in honest self-assessment and receive feedback from peers and/or supervisor.
- Be willing to improve and assume responsibility for his/her actions.
- Demonstrate the ability to reason, take multiple perspectives, be creative, take risks, experiment, and solve problems.
- Maintain a professional attitude on campus and at all school related events.
- Discuss curriculum, classroom management, and educational philosophy with team peers. Collaborate and share expertise, welcome new ideas, and demonstrate the ability to be flexible.
- Share knowledge, space, and materials with colleagues.
- Participate positively as a member of program and staff teams.
- Deal directly with colleagues in regards to any unresolved issues. Utilize the MSD Grievance Procedure and avoid gossip.
- Be respectful of community agreements such as being prompt at meetings and fulfilling responsibilities.
- Serve on at least one of the various school-related committees or ad hoc groups as needed.
- Give and receive help from colleagues. Provide active, on-going support for all colleagues and demonstrate strong collaborative skills. Participate positively as a member of classroom, program and staff teams.
- Create an inviting library space by being helpful, kind, and respectful and welcoming to all community members.
- Utilize parents as resources in the library (create volunteer opportunities).
- Create and communicate clear and kind expectations for community members’ use of the library space and materials.
- Write clear and informative progress reports that reflect student learning in the library.
- Participate in and present at Parent Education events, when appropriate.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
- Contribute to the overall life and community of the school wherever and whenever appropriate.
Description of Community
The primary purpose of the Montessori School of Denver is to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in the 21stcentury based on a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. MSD also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS), Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the American Montessori Society’s (AMS) Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.
We are a dynamic educational environment empowering students to use diverse knowledge and experiences to reach their full potential and do good in the world.
MSD provides an engaging, dynamic, and sound Montessori educational program for all of its students. The school is accredited by both the American Montessori Society* and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is thus recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools for its academic excellence. Founded in 1964, MSD is the oldest Montessori school in the Denver metro area. In celebration of its 50thbirthday, MSD completed a comprehensive multi-million-dollar expansion plan to complement its existing facilities. A new Arts and Athletics Center, enhanced outdoor learning and play environments, a new Toddler Village, updated Middle School space, Urban Farm, and a state-of-the-art Science and Innovation Tower provide an exceptional experiential educational environment for all of its students.
Currently, the School serves over 330 students, Toddler through Middle School.
Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience
Applicants must have a progressive approach to education, have strong teaching and curriculum development experience as well as at least a bachelor’s degree. Strong communication skills, the desire to work collaboratively as part of a team, and the ability to integrate curriculum across subject areas are a must as well. Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 70 individuals.
HR Contact Information
Please complete an employment application located on the School's website at https://www.montessoridenver.org/contact/job-opportunities
Email or fax completed application and resume to the attention of Lydia Desmarais, Director Human Resources at email@example.com or 303-757-6145.