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Reading Specialist

Job Description
Status: Full-time/Exempt
Classification: Faculty
Supervisor: Lower School Director
Location: In-person instruction at the Lead Mine Campus
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) seeks a Reading Specialist for the 2022/2023 school year. Under the general direction of the Lower School Director, the ideal candidate will provide instruction for designated children with accommodations, intervention plans, and those who meet the criteria for additional support or enrichment based on the guidelines and criteria set by the Student Support Team. MSR is a competitive, independent school in the Triangle area, offering an authentic Montessori and IB program to students 15 months to 18 years. MSR is accredited by AMS and the IBO.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, reading, or literacy
  • Master's degree in reading instruction preferred
  • A valid reading specialist certificate
  • Minimum five years experience in reading instruction
  • Experience working in Montessori school preferred 
  • Committed to the mission and core values of MSR, which include "respect, integrity, community, and love of learning"
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents, and other members of the MSR community
  • Flexible team player with a "can-do" attitude
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate in teams with a wide range of individuals
  • Committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
  • Student-centered, collegial, passionate, innovative

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adhere to AMS guidelines and professional standards
  • Ensure safety and well-being of students in the classroom and on campus
  • Have an understanding of and love for working with elementary-age children
  • Provide instruction for designated children with accommodations, intervention plans, or those who meet the criteria for additional support or enrichment based on the guidelines and criteria set by the Student Support Team
  • Support teachers by assisting them in identifying students' needs, providing support through in-house assessments, observation, implementation, interventions, and enrichment
  • Possess a knowledge of learning differences, the ability to understand test results, and an understanding of the diverse teaching strategies across the curriculum in reference to Montessori philosophy and MSR policies
  • Maintain organized, updated, and explicit records of students receiving and potentially receiving services including assessments, meeting minutes, conversational documentation; maintain records for yearly assessments
  • Collaborate and participate with divisional and interdisciplinary teams
  • Work closely with Instructional Support Facilitator(s) and/or School Counselor to assess student needs
  • Be available to parents through written communication, phone calls, and in-person conferences to communicate about their child's progress
  • Create positive relationship with parents and colleagues by returning emails within 48 hours on workdays
  • Maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with administration and colleagues to assist with curriculum development and implementation within the context of the School's overall program, mission, and core values
  • Assist in standardized testing and implementation of accommodations
  • Support teachers to increase differentiation of students in need of support
  • Instruct differentiated small group literary lessons in Grades K - 3
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development, staying current on research on the latest reading practices (currently Science of Reading)
  • Attend all required faculty and team meetings
  • Participate in Parent Education evening events
  • Perform additional campus duties as needed (i.e. lunch/recess duty)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School

It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation. All MSR personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

To apply
MSR is accredited by AMS. The school offers competitive salary and benefits. Please send a cover letter and resume to recruitment@msr.org with the subject line, "Reading Specialist - [your last name]." No phone calls, please.

About the Montessori School of Raleigh
Established in 1974, The Montessori School of Raleigh is a vibrant and exceptional, independent Montessori school serving 360 students aged 15 months through 18 years. MSR’s beautifully designed and well-maintained Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice.

The Raleigh-Durham area is consistently ranked among the top places to live with strong job growth and a high quality of life. Top universities, a rich diversity of arts and cultural offerings, excellent health care, and lower than average housing costs, draw people in from all over the nation. Our mild climate and proximity to both beaches and mountains makes the Raleigh- Durham area an ideal place to live.