Employment at City Garden Montessori School

City Garden Montessori is finishing its ninth year as a charter school in St. Louis, Missouri. We began in 2008 with 53 students; now, we have 275 children, in preschool through eighth grade.

As we grow, we continue to seek individuals to join us who share our vision for holistic, anti-racist Montessori education. Specifically, we are currently seeking a Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Please read below for more about our mission and vision, and what it is like to work at City Garden.

Interested candidates: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@citygardenschool.org.

 

About City Garden

City Garden operates both a tuition-free, public charter elementary school and a sliding scale fee-based Primary, or preschool, program. City Garden is an intentionally integrated neighborhood school, serving children and families in the Botanical Heights, Forest Park Southeast, Shaw, and portions of the Southwest Garden and Tiffany neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis.  The preschool was founded in 1995, and the elementary charter school was founded in 2008 under the sponsorship of Saint Louis University. City Garden Montessori School serves a diverse student body, made up of 275 students from preschool through eighth grade.

City Garden is the only Montessori charter school in Missouri, and we are one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state. We are seeking talented individuals to join our team who possess passion and determination to implement the Montessori approach to educating children in a diverse, public school environment. City Garden is committed to being an anti-biased, anti-racist community and seeks others who are passionate about these values.

Nine years in, here are some things we have learned about what it is to work at City Garden…

Our work is a calling. We are implementing a very unique, specialized approach to education. City Garden is also much more than a school–we have a deep commitment to doing “whatever it takes” for our kids and families, and we educate our children in the context of an active, vibrant, diverse community. All of this requires a special kind of commitment. Our lead guides must have both state certification and Montessori certification, or be willing to work toward acquiring both. Guides and staff must also have a high level of cultural competence, and be committed to constant growth in this area.

Our work requires being coachable, an ongoing desire to learn and a sense of egoless-ness. Everyone comes to City Garden with strengths, and with deficits. We are striving to create a learning community where feedback and growth are a regular part of our work, and to support each other as we constantly develop into better educators and better people.

Our work is not easy. Our guides (teachers) individualize curriculum for every student, and have mixed age groupings. They are constantly aligning Montessori with the Common Core, and they strive to implement the Montessori approach with fidelity while meeting the requirements of teaching in a public school. All of this is framed within City Garden’s deep commitment to serve a socioeconomically and racially diverse population of children and families, and to be an anti-biased, anti-racist institution.

Our work requires flexibility, independence and initiative. We are a young school; things change fast, and we are still developing programs, systems and structures. Staff have a lot of opportunity to innovate and create, while also being required to be flexible as each of us plays an active role in the continued development of our school and community.

Our work is profoundly rewarding!!!  Our children love to come to school. They are joyful, funny and engaged, and they love all of the adults at City Garden. Our parents are fiercely committed to the best for their children (and all children), and they are an integral part of our school. We have an incredible community of support beyond our walls, which includes neighborhood residents, other organizations, businesses, foundations, corporations and lots of individuals who believe in us and our mission. We have a lot of fun and laugh regularly. We believe that we are building a better world, by nurturing and guiding our children and building community.

You can learn more about City Garden at www.citygardenschool.org or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityGardenMontessori.

If you are interested in applying for a position at City Garden Montessori School, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@citygardenschool.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!