The Ancona School seeks a full-time Head Teacher for an accredited Montessori Preprimary program. Head teachers at Ancona provide support for the overall development and learning of our students including the care of the children and maintenance of the Montessori environment.
Essential Job Functions
Develops lesson/unit plans and manages the learning experiences for students to ensure the needs of the group and individual students are met.
Assists students toward self-directed learning and normalization.
Maintains a neat, well organized, and attractively-prepared environment consistent with Montessori pedagogy.
Participates in professional activities designated by the Head of School, which may include workshops, curriculum retreats, meetings, grade reporting, planning, and other professional pursuits.
Attends all pre-announced staff meetings and professional sessions, including staff, level, committee, and evening parent meetings.
Works to develop close and effective relationships with parents, including: providing opportunities to discuss and understand their child’s individual progress; encouraging them to bond with both the class and the larger school community; and providing individualized tracking of student progress.
Participates in the admissions process, speaking from time to time with prospective families at the request of the Head of School.
Follows the school’s policies and procedures for student evaluation and record keeping, meeting all due dates as required
Assesses the needs of the class and prepares requests for materials, furnishings, and classroom budget; updates inventory list and submits to Head of School on last day of school.
Other job duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Education and Experience
Montessori trained and certified
BS or higher
Previous experience teaching in a Montessori setting (preferred)
Spanish Fluency (preferred)
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with preschool/Kindergarten-aged children.
Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.