Montessori Children’s House Assistant

St John the Baptist Catholic School - Excelsior, MN3.3

1. Work with individuals or small groups of children as directed by the Montessori Guide or Principal. May be required to substitute as needed.
2. Understand, share, and accept the responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the children at all times.
3. Share responsibility for the care and maintenance of classroom materials, dusting and cleaning the environment, refilling supplies, and properly storing all classroom supplies as directed by the Montessori Guide.
4. Perform light janitorial work in the event of accidents, i.e. spills, bathroom accidents, illness, etc.
5. Make sure the environment is safe per the school’s risk management and emergency plans and in line with governmental and accreditation requirements. Be aware of and help maintain the environment to keep children with allergies safe.
6. Report and document any accidents/incidents and behavior issues and share needed information with the Classroom Guide and/or Principal.
7. Keep current attendance records and help in the daily observation and recording of children’s work.
8. Supervise daily recess.
9. Meet with the Montessori Guide weekly to discuss student and environment needs.
10. Direct all parent communication to the Montessori Guide.
11. Work with catechists to assist in the faith formation of children.
12. Attend and help supervise at school functions outside of the school day and/or off campus as required.
13. Help plan, organize, and supervise activities and events that occur during the school day.
14. Support the school’s mission, purposes, and objectives in a positive manner to parents and outside constituents.
15. Assist the Principal with recruitment efforts including the welcoming of parent and student visitors.
16. Attend monthly staff meetings, assistant meetings, workshops, and professional development opportunities as required by or in consultation with the Principal.
17. Work with the Montessori Guide to complete necessary organizational tasks, e.g., birthday celebrations, snack and pantry stocking, and classroom celebrations.

Examples of Specific Daily Duties:1. Prior to children arriving:
a. Prepare classroom per the Guide’s guidelines
b. Make copies and prepare materials as needed.
2. Greet children in hallway as they arrive. Help them become independent with coats, shoes, boots, etc., as necessary. Monitor school uniform requirements.
3. Take daily attendance.
4. Join circle and prayer as time permits.
5. Help children settle into work.
6. Observe children in work areas and redirect as needed.
7. Atrium supervision—when directed by the Montessori Guide
8. Daily Clean-Up
a. Clean up art area.
b. Wash dishes if needed.
c. Supervise lunch set-up.
d. Reinstate order to shelves.
e. Check for wet/dirty towels and replace with dry/clean ones.
f. Any other activities as designated by the Montessori Guide.
9. Help half-day children (if any) prepare to go home.
10. Monitor outside play at the end of the morning session and wait until all children are picked up by their parent/guardian. Children are not to be left unattended and the required adult-child ratio must be maintained.
11. Meet weekly with the Guide to discuss student and classroom needs.

The responsibilities listed above are representative responsibilities intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by staff members assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications of the position and the Principal may assign other duties in accordance with the position. More detailed listings of duties and tasks are outlined in supplemental documents such as the Staff Handbook.

Job Qualifications
1. Adhere to the mission of St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School.
2. Be a practicing Roman Catholic.
3. Have or build an understanding of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and work with trained catechists in the faith formation of children. Trained catechists preferred.
4. Have an understanding of the Montessori philosophy of education.
5. Love God and desire to share their faith with others.
6. Love children and desire to help them in their personal character, virtue, and faith development.
7. Be able to discipline children positively with gentleness, firmness, and consistency.
8. Be able to maintain a positive working relationship with other staff, especially the Montessori Guide.
9. Be able to maintain strong relationships with parents; characterized by mutual respect, good will, and with the understanding that parents are the primary educators of their children.
10. Maintain professionalism in speech, dress, action, and confidentiality.
Institution Description
St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School is two years old and blessed with highly committed, mission-driven staff and a strong, tightly-knit parent community.

The fullness of the Catholic faith is at the heart of our vibrant culture, and we want well-formed educators willing to lay down their lives for Jesus Christ through our school's mission.

Fully Montessori, our students' love of learning and exploration is thriving. With the guidance of our teachers, not only are the students sculpting their own intellects but they are also immersed in faith formation, practical life skills, and social development.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School is an exciting place where the Holy Spirit is fulfilling the mission of the Church: the sanctification and salvation of souls!
Application Instructions/Comments
Please send a cover letter and resume to the principal, Nicholas Fonte, at