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Early Childhood Guide


River Oak Academy
Saint Johns, FL

Start Date: June 1, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Our team is growing! We are looking for amazing Montessori guides, full-time, and part-time positions.

If you have a deep curiosity about life, lifelong learning, an innovative spirit, love to work with 4 to 7-year-olds, and believe children are a lot more capable and creative than we can imagine, this could be a great fit for you!

Position Description:

Affirm students through the use of Growth Mindset, holding them accountable to their promises and to delivering “the best work they can do” as they discover and pursue a calling on a hero’s journey.
Act as a role model as an independent learner on a hero’s journey
Create meaningful exhibitions, ceremonies, and celebrations that reinforce the rules of engagement, personal and group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community.
Launch and lead Socratic discussions
Co-create and launch quests (projects), including daily challenges and curating world-class examples
Supply studio environment and set up a studio as inspiration for learning
Encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents, peers, and apprenticeship employers what they can do.
Uphold promises to students, parents, and fellow Guides made in relational covenants.
Pass along each of these responsibilities to students as quickly as possible, so as to allow students to lead themselves.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

A deep curiosity about life and love of lifelong learning
Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit
Montessori, Waldorf training or similar Reggio experience is a must
Commitment to free-market ideals
Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills
Evident passion for being on a Hero’s Journey.
This is a position for an independent learner who can work with little direct guidance; someone who likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; someone who has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within; and someone who is a flexible problem-solver. It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard, and is an active reader and writer.

Salary & Benefits

Pay commensurate with experience.
The benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage.
Moving Expenses

Application Procedures

If this sounds like a fit, please respond with your resume and other information you feel would be helpful. We are looking for you!

Program Description

River Oak Academy is a private elementary school opening in fall 2017, that blends state-of-the-art software, quest-like projects with real-world application, Socratic discussions, apprenticeships, and the Hero’s Journey in a student-centered, multi-age classroom.
Our Spark Studio is where 4-7-year-olds prepare to be independent learners, acquiring skills that prepare them for authentic discussions in Our Elementary Studio.

Contact Info

Mary Shaeffer
(904) 770-5559

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.