Sunstone Montessori School seeks Toddler Guide – August 2020

School Name: Sunstone Montessori School

School Location: Portland, Oregon

Sunstone Montessori School is seeking an AMI-trained Assistant to Infancy Guide to lead our full day, year-round toddler community of children ages 16-36 months, to begin in August 2020. Sunstone is an AMI school with lovely, spacious, well-prepared indoor and outdoor environments. Our school enrolls up to 170 students which includes one Toddler classroom, three Primary classrooms, two Lower Elementary classrooms(6-9), and one Upper Elementary classroom (9-12). The campus is located in the beautiful Johns Landing neighborhood of SW Portland on 2+ acres of property, close to downtown and to the Sellwood Bridge. Sunstone is proud to be able to offer a competitive salary, PTO and benefits to our faculty and staff. Both our Head of School and Program Director are trained AMI guides with years of experience in the classroom.

The Toddler Guide’s job is to prepare and maintain a Montessori Toddler environment, to implement a Montessori Toddler program according to the AMI Montessori Assistants to Infancy training, and to oversee and direct the Toddler classroom assistants. The information that follows outlines the essential functions for this position in all aspects and areas of your teaching responsibilities. The ability to work independently as well as with others are two of the many essential functions of this position.

This position reports to the Program Director as part of the Administration team and shares responsibility with all staff members for creating a culture of accountability and for taking ownership of the results we achieve as an educational institution. This is a full-time position that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following responsibilities:
Observe children’s development and behavior in order to present appropriate lessons, material, and experiences.
Present Montessori lessons as appropriate.
Create and maintain an orderly, harmonious, and safe classroom environment and culture.
Create, maintain, and supervise a gracious lunch and snack procedure.
Foster children’s intellectual and personal growth and independence.
Supervise and direct the classroom Assistants.

Ensure safe travel to and from the outdoor play environment
Supervise safe, constructive outdoor play daily (when possible).

Maintain a clean, orderly classroom environment.
Make and maintain materials as appropriate.
Communicate material and environment needs to the administration.
Be aware of and facilitate individual children’s needs and the needs of the class as a whole.
Create smooth transitions throughout the daily schedule.
Supervise and evaluate the classroom Assistant(s) with the guidance of the Program Director.

Maintain complete, accurate, and up-to-date records of children’s personal and intellectual development.
Regularly plan appropriate lessons for each child.
Maintain records of child accidents or injuries.

Communicate effectively with the Assistants and Administration as needed.
Maintain confidentiality with regard to all assessment of children.
Prepare for transition into another educational program or level (transition into the CH).
Communicate regularly with parents regarding children’s personal and intellectual development and any issues that arise. This includes:
Twice yearly conferences, or more often if needed
Written summaries of children’s work and development twice yearly
Monthly classroom notes or newsletter
Notes or telephone calls regarding issues, concerns, achievements, etc., as needed
Doing what is needed to build relationships of trust with families
Allow for observation in the class as required
Contribute to the weekly Sunstonian as required by Communications Manager
Work with Room parents to plan events and communicate community needs

Support children’s independent functioning whenever possible.
Maintain a friendly, professional, but objective distance in relationships with the children, and a professional relationship with the staff and the administration.
Maintain a professional, neat, and clean appearance, and a professional and positive attitude with families.
Be punctual and present in the classroom to assist during agreed-upon work hours.
Maintain required professional qualifications, including:
Current CPR/1st Aid certification
Current Food Handlers certification
Current registration in the Criminal History Registry
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (RRCAN) training
Intro to Child Care Health and Safety (ICCHS) training
Any required hours of professional development

Toddler program hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm on all school days as specified in the School Calendar. The Toddler Guide is ultimately responsible for the program during these hours, but may share staffing with a Lead Assistant and two or more Assistants. The staffing schedule is determined by the Operations Manager in consultation with the Guide, according to the needs of the program. The Guide is expected to be present for at least an 8.5-hour shift, with a one-hour working period outside of the classroom, on fully staffed days. On days when other staff are absent, the Guide will work longer hours and appropriate breaks will be provided.
The Guide is expected to work 8-hour days within normal working hours during classroom preparation, takedown, and in-service days.
Attend all First Plane staff and team meetings as well as Whole Staff meetings.
Attend all parent nights, open houses, and community events to which you are assigned.
Use additional time as necessary for parent communication, maintenance of the environment and materials, planning and record-keeping, and other activities necessary to conscientiously carry out the work in this job description.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or otherwise communicate, hear and observe the children and employees and their surroundings.
The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit; use hands and feet; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision requirements include the ability to see at close range.
Fine hand manipulation.
Strong, focused mental acuity is required to efficiently analyze, process, manipulate and accurately record the extensive amount of data and other information that serves as the basis for the primary duties of this position.
Emotional fortitude and ability to regulate emotions and maintain appropriate reactions and responses to emergencies and non-emergency situations that may arise in the workplace.
Patient and calm demeanor to provide a nurturing learning and working environment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of the position successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to assist them in performing the essential functions of their positions. Please contact the Head of School if you need an accommodation.


Please send your resume and a cover letter of interest to Head of School, Cathy Newman