Employment

Sterling Montessori welcomes employment inquiries at any time during the year. In general, most interviewing and hiring for faculty positions occurs in the winter/spring; however, we will accept resumes throughout the year. Below are job descriptions for positions we are always interested in reviewing:

Children's House Lead Teacher Lower Elementary Lead Teacher Upper Elementary Lead Teacher Middle School Humanities Teacher Middle School Math/Science Teacher

If interested, we encourage you to send your resume and cover letter to jspreher@sterlingmontessori.org.


CURRENT OPENINGS

Exceptional Children’s Teacher (K-3rd grade)

Sterling Montessori is seeking a full time Exceptional Children’s teacher who has experience working with students in K-3rd grade effective August 2022. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and EC licensure. Ideal candidates have Montessori experience or a desire to learn the Montessori philosophy and method. The hours are from 8-4 and pay is on par with the Wake County pay scale along with full insurance benefits and 401-K matching. Sterling Montessori has a strong and collegial EC department which includes four full time special education teachers, a behavioral specialist, as well as related service personnel.

Purpose:  EC teachers, using the Montessori Method, will implement engaging instruction and adapt lessons to meet the needs of students, develop Individualized Education Plans (IEP), collaborate with the general education teachers and directors for push in and pull out services, and prepare documents and reports necessary to facilitate parent-teacher IEP meetings.       

Duties and Responsibilities to Students/Parents/Staff:

  • All lead teachers (General Ed., EC, Specials, and Specialists) will adhere to the Sterling mission, vision, guiding principles, code of ethics and standards of behavior as outlined in the Employee Policies and Procedures Handbook.
  • Attend any staff meetings, professional development, trainings, parent workshops, and annual open house outside of standard working hours as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Montessori is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child-physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. When situations or conflicts arise with students, adults act as mediators and provide opportunities for conversations, reflection, and learning. Teachers follow the Positive Discipline model.
  • Provide research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student’s IEP.
  • Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques.
  • Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their IEP goals.
  • Responsible for training, supervision, weekly meetings, goals and evaluation of assistant/associate teachers (when applicable).
  • Responsible for the welfare, safety, and educational achievements of students.
  • Complete and maintain record keeping, progress reports, assessments/evaluations, documentation, and grades (if applicable) in a timely manner as required by the school.
  • Responsible for parent conferences, meetings, parent email communications (within 48 hours), communicating problems and concerns with all parent/guardians of students in your care.
  • Responsible for completion and cost of all licensing requirements (CEUs).
  • Inform Section Director of all administrative level concerns or problems as they relate to relations with school, students, parents, or staff.
  • Participate in field trips (when necessary), including overnights when appropriate to the level, and act in a supervisory capacity. Follow all field trip guidelines as stated in the Employee Handbook (EHB).
  • Respect student confidentiality by not discussing students with anyone other than their families and those faculty and staff members who work with them directly, in accordance with state and federal law.
  • Participate and implement in annual goal setting, evaluation reviews and professional development for career growth. Our work requires being coachable, an ongoing desire to learn, and a sense of egoless-ness.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited University (required)
  • Exceptional Children (EC) State License (required)
  • AMS Montessori Trained (preferred)
  • Experience working with lower elementary students (preferred)
  • Experience working in a Montessori Setting (preferred)

Please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to Josie Spreher at jspreher@sterlingmontessori.org

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Behavioral Support Assistant (BSA)

Sterling Montessori is seeking a Behavioral Support Assistant (BSA) who has experience working with students ages 3-14years old. Ideal candidates have Montessori experience, or desire to learn the Montessori method. Candidates will receive a teacher assistant salary to support students, teachers, specialists and administrators with schoolwide behavioral needs. Candidates will work under the guidance of the Behavioral Specialist and the EC/Inclusion Director. 

This person should possess the following qualities:

  • A love and passion for working with children
  • A working knowledge of the varying needs of students with disabilities
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Understanding of behavior strategies/interventions
  • Skills to be able to assist with data collection.
  • Willing to take direction from lead specialist and directors
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with the staff at Sterling Montessori
  • Punctual and dependable in attendance 
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills 
  • Positive Discipline required to take
  • CPI trained (required to have or willing to be trained)

Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Rownak Ifat at rifat@sterlingmontessori.org.

 

 

Physical Education (PE) Teacher Assistant

Sterling Montessori Charter School has an opening for a full-time PE teacher assistant. 

This position will require that the candidate have strong organizational management skills. The ideal candidate will be able to organize games and have experience working with large groups of students. 

Candidates for this assistant position should be prepared to assist the PE teacher in all classes.

This position is from 8am-4pm. Please submit resumes to Carrie Smith at csmith@sterlingmontessori.org.

 

 

Support/Floater

Sterling Montessori is seeking a Support/Floater who has experience working with students ages 6-14 years old. Ideal candidates have Montessori experience, or desire to learn the Montessori method. Candidates will receive a teacher assistant salary to assist in beforecare, support students, teachers, and administrators with schoolwide needs. The hours are from 7:30am-3:30pm. Candidates will work under the guidance of The Director of Student Affairs.

This person should possess the following qualities:

  • A love and passion for working with children
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Willing to take direction from lead teachers and directors
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with the staff at Sterling Montessori
  • Punctual and dependable in attendance 
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills 
  • Positive Discipline

Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Carrie Smith at csmith@sterlingmontessori.org.

 

 

Music Teacher Assistant

Sterling Montessori Charter School has an opening for a full-time music teacher assistant. 

This position will require that the candidate have strong organizational and paperwork management skills.

The ideal candidate will be able to read music, have participated in band and/or chorus as a student, and have experience working with large groups of students.  Candidates for this assistant position should be prepared to assist in the elementary general music classes, as well as band and chorus.

This position involves a limited amount of travel to off-campus events with the band and chorus, two evening performances, and a workday schedule of 8:45am - 4:45pm.

Please submit resumes to Sue Ann Wright at swright@sterlingmontessori.org.

 

Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher

Upper Elementary Assistant

Job Type: Full-time beginning Fall 2022

Sterling Montessori is seeking a Upper Elementary Assistant who is dedicated to the vision and mission of the school. We are looking for a motivated individual willing to work under the guidance of a Montessori Lead Teacher to help carry out the developmental and learning goals of the Montessori program. They must be able to build genuine and respectful relationships with each child and family, maintain a positive, professional attitude and implement strong classroom management skills.

Professional Skills/Responsibilities:

  • Montessori is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child-physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. When situations or conflicts arise with students, adults act as mediators and provide opportunities for conversations, reflection, and learning. Assistants follow the Positive Discipline model and refer to the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) when needing to implement supplemental or intensive support. 
  • With guidance from the lead teacher, maintain classroom routines and expectations to develop and ensure a nurturing Montessori learning environment that is healthy, safe, clean, orderly, and inviting (inside and outside). 
  • Willing to work with, and adapt to the needs of students with a variety of learning styles
  • Demonstrates excellent skills in organization, classroom management, problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Has strong oral communication skills
  • Is open to participating in ongoing professional development

Qualifications:

  • Two years of college (preferred)
  • Experience working with children ages 9-12 (preferred)
  • Experience working in a Montessori setting (preferred)

If interested, email resume and references to Liz Macaulay at lmacaulay@sterlingmontessori.org

 

 

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Job Type: Full-time

Professional Skills/Responsibilities:

  • Commitment to the Montessori philosophy, and guiding principles of Sterling Montessori 
  • Able to prepare and implement a nurturing Montessori learning environment
  • Willing to work with, and adapt to the needs of students with a variety of learning styles
  • Demonstrates excellent skills in organization, classroom management, problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Is able to collaborate with teachers, colleagues and administration to develop and ensure a healthy, safe, and inviting environment in which all community members are free to learn and work
  • Is open to participating in ongoing professional development
  • Is able to develop strong partnerships with parents, colleagues and administration
  • Lead parent-teacher conferences 
  • Is skilled in using email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Google Drive.
  • Participate and lead parent education events
  • Willing to attend overnight outdoor educational experiences with students

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited University (required)
  • State License (or willing to pursue NC licensure)
  • AMS/AMI Montessori Certification (required)
  • Experience working with children ages 9-12
  • Experience working in a Montessori setting (preferred)

E-mail resume and references to Josie Spreher lmacaulay@sterlingmontessori.org

 

 

Executive Director

Overview

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School is seeking an Executive Director (ED) for its faculty, administrators, and 760 preschool through eighth grade students for the 2022-2023 academic year, with a start date of June 2022. The Executive Director ensures the mission and vision of the school are fulfilled through collaborative leadership and by ensuring financial, instructional, and human resources oversight. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring a positive school culture, safe environment, and exemplary learning environment for its students grounded in the philosophy and teaching methods of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will work with and oversee the Children’s House, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School Directors to ensure instructional fidelity, establish priorities, and recommend policies. Additionally, the ED works closely with the Director of Operations whose duties include managing a group of administrators.

Sterling’s Montessori Academy and Charter School’s Mission Statement

The mission of Sterling Montessori is to create a diverse educational community, grounded in the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices, that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students. We strive to empower each student to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others, and their environment.

About Sterling

Founded in 1997, Sterling Montessori is a private preschool and public charter school serving approximately 760 students from Pre-K through 8th grade. The School follows Montessori guiding principles including mixed-age classes, use of Montessori materials, and individual lesson plans. Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School is governed by the Laura Holland Uzzell Foundation (LHUF), a nonprofit organization led by a board of directors comprising Sterling parents, community members, and alumni.

Sterling prides itself on having a diverse educational community. Its professional and highly-qualified faculty and administrative staff are committed to following the individual needs of its students in order to achieve personal academic excellence and to cultivate an educational curiosity to become life-long learners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizational leadership
  • Instructional planning and management
  • Human resources planning and management
  • Financial planning and management
  • Board relations
  • Community relations and family engagement
  • Accountability and compliance

Qualifications and Skills

A qualified candidate must have a proven record of successful school leadership and a passionate commitment to all children. Candidates must have strong organizational, operational, financial, interpersonal, and management skills. Candidates must also possess a demonstrated ability to focus on attaining rigorous academic goals, curriculum development, and a commitment to academic excellence for all levels of students. The ideal candidate will share the vision for the school outlined in the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, particularly our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our journey toward high-fidelity implementation of the Montessori model. Necessary skill sets include:

  • Experience in managing and evaluating personnel 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Development/fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with digital communication and organizational tools
  • Experience with and/or understanding of diverse learners and inclusion models
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining a positive school climate and culture
  • Experience developing and managing a large budget
  • A Master’s degree in education, school administration, leadership, or related field is required
  • Experience in Public, Charter, and/or Montessori education and experience working with a governing board of directors is preferred

Benefits

  • Competitive salary based on education, experience, and licenses 
  • Salary range: $105,000 - $125,000
  • Employer-provided health insurance including dental and vision
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Optional 403b retirement plan with employer matching

To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to search@lhuf.org, and fill out the application form.

 

 

Part-Time Aftercare Teacher

Sterling Montessori is seeking qualified Aftercare Teachers who have experience working with students ages 3 to 6 years old, or elementary-aged students. Ideal candidates have Montessori experience, or desire to learn the Montessori Method. Candidates will work 3:00-6:00 pm under the guidance of the Aftercare Supervisor.

This person should possess the following qualities:

  • A love and passion for working with children
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with the staff and parents at Sterling Montessori.
  • Punctual and dependable in attendance
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills

Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Josie Spreher, at jspreher@sterlingmontessori.org

 

 

Substitute Teachers

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School is always interested in adding substitute teachers to our on-call list. We use this list to provide coverage in our classrooms (Children’s House – Middle School) when a teacher is out.

The first step towards becoming a substitute at Sterling is to view our Substitute Presentation for more information and requirements.  We look forward to hearing from you.


STERLING'S MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Sterling Montessori is to create a diverse educational community, grounded in the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices, that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students. We strive to empower each student to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others and their environment.


It is the policy of Sterling Montessori to provide all applicants for employment with equal employment opportunities and to provide current employees with training, compensation, promotion, and other attributes of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, except where sex, age, or physical requirements are essential occupational qualifications. All candidates will be evaluated on their merits and qualifications for positions. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation.