Spanish/English Head of School

January 2022 (preferred) or September 2022

Are you a Montessori leader with a thirst for social justice and an entrepreneurial drive in the Boston area? Violeta Montessori School, in Cambridge, MA,  seeks a  Spanish or English speaking Head of School to co-lead a two classroom Wildflower school. This role includes both teaching and operating a non-profit school. 

 

Who We Are

Violeta Montessori School is a primary bilingual school serving children ages 2.9-6 in Cambridge, MA. Violeta Montessori School opened in 2015 and serves 23 children. Violeta serves a diverse community of Spanish and English speakers and offers an authentic Montessori Spanish and English immersion program.

 

Our Network

Violeta Montessori School is part of Wildflower Schools, a network of 1-2 room, teacher-led, authentic Montessori learning environments serving children from infancy through high school. The Wildflower model combines the Montessori method with promising new practices in family partnership, teacher empowerment, and intentional diversity. At Wildflower, we believe that embracing equity is an essential part of our work. We are committed to deeply engaging in what Maria Montessori called “the preparation of self” as it pertains to understanding our implicit biases, blind spots, and prejudices. 

 

How We Work

The Wildflower network is decentralized and nonhierarchical, rooted deeply in our values of Connectedness and Growth; our norms of Anti-Bias Anti-Racist and Unity, Autonomy with Support, Awareness and Compassion; and in the purpose and principles that guide our schools’ design. 

 

To learn more about the ideas that drive us, check out The Wildflower Collection and Reinventing Organizations.

 

Your Role

In collaboration with the Co-Head of School the responsibilities for this post include, but are not limited to:

  • Co-Teaching

    • Co-teaching children ages 2.9-6  using authentic Montessori methods infused with anti-bias, anti-racist practice

    • Maintaining online student observations, records, and data

    • Participating in professional development as liberatory Montessori leaders and co-teachers

  • Family Engagement & Support

    • Communicating with families (meetings, newsletters, family education events)

    • Marketing the school through deep community engagement, social media, and a website presence

    • Managing an inclusive admissions and enrollment process (tours, applications, admissions decisions, enrollment paperwork)

    • Managing scholarship programs and state subsidies

  • School Operations

    • Maintaining strong systems for financial management, human resources, licensing, and compliance 

    • Creating the annual school calendar and daily routine

 

Experience 

  • At least 3 years of Montessori Lead Guide experience.

  • Montessori 2.9-6 primary credential required, AMI preferred.

  • Spanish speakers, native speakers preferred.

  • Massachusetts EEC required. to determine if you will be able to obtain EEC accreditation.

  • School administration experience preferred.
     

Mindset

  • Collaborative: You are excited about the idea of co-leading a school and developing a strong partnership with your co-leader

  • Entrepreneurial: You are flexible, open-minded, see opportunity in obstacles, and are energized by using creativity and resourcefulness to create solutions to problems.  

  • Operational: You are a self-starter willing to support different aspects of small school operations, which may range from making admissions decisions to taking care of plants.

  • Committed to Equity: You are eager to expand access to quality early education for racially and socioeconomically diverse communities; you are ready to engage in anti-bias, anti-racist self-work and community-work

  • Generous: You live with kindness, practice gratitude and lead with love. You seek advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.

  • Growth Oriented: You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to develop new skills and expertise, and to more fully explore your purpose and potential. 

 

Hours & Benefits 

This is a full-time time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Violeta Montessori School offers health benefits, opportunities for ongoing professional development, and connection to the wider Wildflower community and supports.

 

Learn More

Please apply now, even if you are interested in starting in September 2022, we would like to considerate all candidate at the same time You can also send a summary of your experience, cover letter and description of your interests to info@violeta.org. Members of the Global Majority and native Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to inquire.

 

Violeta Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex or gender, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or in any other way based on personal identity markers that do not relate to the capacity of an individual person to carry out the responsibilities of a role.

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