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Cedar River Montessori School - Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Outdoor Educator

June 16, 2020 2:47 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

Contact: Erin Karnofski

Email: misserin@cedarrivermontessori.org

Name of School/Organization: Cedar River Montessori School

School Website: www.cedarrivermontessori.org

Age Group: 3-6 and 6-9

Description: Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Outdoor Educator

Are you an energetic, positive, patient, and joyful educator seeking to make an impact on our youngest generation of global citizens? Do you have a love of the great outdoors along with experience planning and implementing dynamic lessons and experiences in the outdoors? Can you bring with you a background of diverse experiences and perspectives to foster connections with our students, families, and staff? Cedar River Montessori School, on the outskirts of Seattle, seeks an experienced Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Outdoor Educator for the 2020-2021 school year to create new extensions from our classrooms to the outdoors.

Position Overview:

Cedar River Montessori is looking for an educator who would enjoy taking a lead role in building a new program and is excited about incorporating environmental education, hands-on science, and social and environmental justice in the outdoor classroom. The Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Outdoor Educator designs and implements an outdoor curriculum for small groups of children (10 or fewer) ages 3-6 and 6-9 on our 12 acre campus. This full-time, 12 month position will design a program to be provided to young children in 3 to 6 hour blocks, throughout the school week. This educator will work in collaboration with current outdoor staff, including part-time gardening and ecology specialist and full-time animal behavioral specialist, and as an extension of our foundational Montessori classrooms. The Outdoor Educator must be willing to spend time outdoors, in all weather, with their students. Start date of August 3 for planning and preparations for the school year.

About us:

Located on 12 acres of forested wetland and pasture, Cedar River Montessori is an American Montessori Society accredited, independent, non-profit school for students ages 3 through 14 in Renton, WA. Cedar River Montessori students follow their natural interests as they explore their world, discovering the interconnectedness of personal responsibility, environmental stewardship, and social equity. Students learn how to work independently and collaboratively, experiencing a transformative education as they grow into the next generation of engaged, global thinkers who compassionately challenge the status quo. Founded in 1981, we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community.

Cedar River Montessori values the rich cultures, traditions, and ethnicities our families come from, and we are looking for diverse applicants who represent these backgrounds.

This job is for you if you:

Are inspired by our mission

Love young children and supporting their development

Have a deep personal connection to nature and can be outdoors in all seasons

Thrive in leadership roles

Have a commitment to high quality care and learning

Delight in all aspects of program design and development

Are a highly relational and effective communicator

Are able to multi-task and manage a variety of program details

Have a positive attitude and are able to roll with a dynamic and creative organization

Care about equity, diversity, and social and environmental justice

Enjoy working in a progressive, relational, collaborative, and nature-loving team of dedicated and talented individuals

Principal Responsibilities:

Create and maintain a healthy, safe, and positive environment for children utilizing nature as the organizing principal for learning

Support social-emotional learning and solution-finding opportunities using the Positive Discipline framework

Communicate with teachers and parents about the child’s development and daily experiences, including monthly newsletter articles and conference reports twice per year

Develop and facilitate family events and parent education programs

Collaborate with parents, children and Cedar River Montessori staff to foster a sense of community and belonging

Develop and implement daily practices and routines, as well as seasonal, place-based, emergent curriculum that promotes early childhood development and deep nature connection

Observe and document children’s progress in the areas of their social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive skills

Ensure the indoor and outdoor learning environments are in good condition to support safe, engaging, rich in experience, and positive child development


Minimum of Lead Teacher qualifications through Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Education and/or experience in outdoor education for preschoolers, with deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, natural history, and the Indigenous experience

Experience working with young children and families in a group setting

CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens certified or be willing to obtain

Experience or knowledge of Montessori approach, or willing to take introductory coursework

Positive Discipline training, or willing to take

Desired Skills and Abilities:

Experienced teacher in a preschool or early elementary setting

Strong communication skills with parents, staff, and children

Good knowledge and desire to independently learn about nature, science, and Pacific Northwest ecology

Strong decision-making skills to respond to risk management, emergencies, or difficult situations

Ability and desire to create excellent place-based, child-centered, emergent curriculum

Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally

Proficient with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes:

Leader, team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, organized, flexible, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated. Passionate about Cedar River Montessori’s mission and environmentally concerned and aware.

Benefits and Compensation

Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits. Matching retirement, paid professional development, paid time off and vacation. Base salary $40-45,000 for 10-month school year; additional compensation for working through summer.

To apply, please submit resume with cover letter to Erin Karnofski, Head of School, at erin@cedarrivermontessori.org

Phone: (425) 271-9614

School Address: 15828 SE Jones Rd, Renton, WA 98058-8141

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