Job Announcement: Upper Elementary Guide

School Name: Community Roots School

School Location: Silverton, Oregon

The Community Roots School is a public Montessori charter school in The Silver Falls School District, in Silverton, OR; serving 135 students, K-8th grade. Our school is committed to educational equity, ongoing Anti-Bias Anti-Racism work, and Peace Education. We are seeking an Upper Elementary Guide starting in the 2020-21 school year to join us on our journey. We are looking for respectful and responsible individuals that have a desire for quality public Montessori education.

This position is full time and includes a competitive salary, medical/dental benefits, and enrollment in a retirement plan. We boast a fun and supportive work environment, coaching and mentoring, and a great community of students, families, and colleagues.

Lead Teacher requirements include:
-Montessori Training (AMI, AMS, MACTE) and classroom experience.
-Teacher Standards and Practices (TSPC) issued Oregon Teaching License.
-Completion of the FBI Criminal History fingerprint and background clearance.
-Current CPR/1St Aid Certification
-Possesses a genuine respect, love, & patience for teaching young children.
-Has a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and ability to collaborate across grade levels with different teaching teams.
-Flexibility, adaptability, a sense of humor
-Approaches their daily work with joy and reflection
-Skilled in classroom management and organization
-Maintains a high degree of professionalism when working with students, parents, and co-workers

As a public school we are required to meet all expectations for public schools in Oregon, including alignment with Common Core State Standards and participating in annual state testing. Community Roots teachers are expected to fully support all public school requirements in the context of the Montessori teaching method.

Job Description:

Planning, Preparation and Instruction

-Create instruction that supports the development of the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical growth of the child.
-Use the School Curriculum and current research based instructional practices to develop interdisciplinary units of instruction that meet both the group and individual needs of students.
-Work with students of various abilities assigned to the classroom. The teacher may be required to participate in meetings, training, and planning cooperatives to fully meet each child’s needs.
-Use various assessment tools / strategies such as observations, portfolios, etc., to help make instructional decisions for individual students.
-Use state and district assessment tools.

Classroom Environment/Management

-Responsible for preparing an environment that meets the sensitive period / plane of development of the children they work with.
-Responsible for preparing an environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete and correspond to the needs of the group; for maintaining a clear, orderly, and attractive Montessori environment, including the care and maintenance of classroom materials and equipment, and maintaining inventory of classroom materials.
-Create an environment that demonstrates rapport with and respect and kindness for all students, as well as between students. The Guide will model and teach conflict resolution and problem solving strategies in the classroom.
-Responsible for the safety of the children left in their charge until dismissed to a responsible adult. No child should ever be left unsupervised either inside or outside of the classroom.
-Ensure that the physical environment adheres to all health and safety regulations as required by CRS board policy.


-Responsible for communication that supports an understanding of the school’s program, develops positive relationships within the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community.
-Establish a relationship with parents of the students and maintain regular communication with parents with regard to their child’s specific needs.
-Provide for parent conferences, meetings and communication throughout the school year in accordance with school policy.
-Respond to parent concerns in a timely manner (usually within 24 hours).
-Communicate to parents and others in the school community about the classroom and curriculum.
-Assist in the development of and participate in school functions, including but not limited to Open Houses and Parent Education Nights.

Professional Responsibility

-The Guide will be involved with an ongoing self-assessment and refinement of practice in the classroom as well as collaborative professional growth.
-Participate in a regular evaluation process including classroom observations, feedback conferences, and an annual self-evaluation toward goals set by the Guide and / or in conjunction with the Administrator.
-Maintain their teaching skills and participate in professional development activities (both within the school community and via attendance at conferences, workshops, etc.).
-Participate in collegial activities designed to make the entire school a productive learning environment (for example – age level meetings, curriculum discussion groups, working committees, mentoring, etc.).
-Attend all scheduled meetings and professional days as appropriate to their level.

Related Duties

-Host prospective student applicants in the classroom as requested by the school.
-Complete and maintain all records, reports, evaluations, and inventories of student records in a timely manner as may be required by the school.
-Responsible for reading and adhering to the guidelines as established in the employee handbook and adhering to all school policies.
-The Guide may be asked to participate in the interview process and the orientation of new staff members.

The Community Roots School School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Christen Kelly