Montessori Primary Guide

Grades PreK through Kindergarten

About the Position:

The Primary Montessori class is comprised of approximately 15-20 students between the ages of 3 and 6 years. The environment is carefully prepared along Association Montessori Internationale guidelines. An experienced assistant works alongside the directress for the morning session.  
We operate on a 4-day school week, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, and a 30 week school year. Beyond teaching, duties will include overseeing recess, helping with arrival and dismissal, routine cleaning and maintenance and attendance at periodic staff meetings, parent teacher conferences and open houses. 

Qualifications:

Priority will be given to AMI certified candidates, but we welcome trained applicants with other Montessori lineages. Priority will also be given to candidates with Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification. The ideal candidate will imbibe Montessori’s spiritual preparation of the adult and will value the outdoor environment as an extension of the indoor environment. 

Montessori Lower Elementary Guide

Grades 1, 2 & 3

About the Position:

The Montessori Lower Elementary class is comprised of approximately 15-18 students between the ages of 6 and 9 years old. The core subjects in this class include Reading, Writing, Math, Geography, Science, History, Latin, Music, Art, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Gardening, and Enrichment. Some of these subjects are taught by additional specialists. An experienced assistant works alongside the directress for the morning session.   

We operate on a 4-day school week, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, and a 30 week school year. Beyond teaching, duties will include overseeing recess, helping with arrival and dismissal, routine cleaning and maintenance and attendance at periodic staff meetings, parent teacher conferences and open houses. 

 Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a background in Montessori elementary education, being qualified to guide the children in their independent learning. As our Lower Elementary program is a bridge between our Montessori Primary class and our Classical Pre-Grammar class, the candidate should be flexible in incorporating some Classical approaches to learning including Latin memorization and homework. 

 

Classical Grammar Teacher 

Grades 5 and 6

About the Position:

The Grammar class is a mixed-age, combined 5th and 6th grade class comprised of approximately 12-14 students. The following subjects are taught in a differentiated way and from the perspective of a Classical narrative: Language Arts, Mathematics, General Science, History and Catechism of the Catholic Church.

We operate on a 4-day school week, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. Beyond teaching, duties will include overseeing recess, helping with arrival and dismissal, routine cleaning and maintenance and attendance at periodic staff meetings, parent teacher conferences and open houses. 

 Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will be comfortable and proficient with a dynamic, flexible classroom environment that adapts to the varying levels of needs and abilities in the students. This will particularly require creativity with differentiating assignments drawn from the common lesson material for the various age and ability levels present in the combined classroom. The candidate should facilitate a classroom ethos of discussion, debate, and critical thinking suited to the developmental capacity of the middle school students, prioritizing the mastery and careful use of language as the vehicle for thought. Preference will be given to Classically trained candidates including, but not limited to, those with Latin proficiency. 

Because gardening and general farm labor is integral to who we are as a school community, the ideal candidate will be comfortable with, and have an aptitude for, this kind of manual labor in addition to academic abilities. 

 

Pre-Grammar Instructional Assistant

Grades 3 and 4

About the Position:

The Pre-Grammar class is a mixed-age, combined 3rd and 4th grade class of  approximately 15-18 students. This class introduces students, most of whom have come from a Montessori background, to a rigorous classical curriculum while maintaining a foundational Montessori philosophy. The classroom assistant’s primary responsibility is to present prepared lessons in a given subject, assist with grading, check homework and generally assist students in their academic work according to the directives of the lead teacher. Additionally, the assistant will be asked to work with the lead teacher to prepare materials for, and maintain an orderly, attractive, and joyful environment. Beyond the classroom, the assistant will be asked to help with recess, arrival and dismissal and may be asked to attend periodic staff meetings. 

We operate on a 4-day school week, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. The instructional assistant will work all four mornings and two afternoons with the Pre-Grammar class, and two afternoons providing support in all environments and other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be comfortable with and proficient in a dynamic, flexible classroom environment that adapts to the varying needs and abilities of the students. He or she will enjoy working with elementary-age children, will be patient, encouraging, persistent, confident, and able to multi-task. The ability to carry out independent tasks with guiding instruction is essential. Preference will be given to candidates with prior classroom experience, especially those with Latin proficiency.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CGS Catechists and Assistant for Level 1, 2, and 3 Atrium groups

The hours are to be determined.

 Choir Instructor

The Choir instructor will teach all levels from Primary (ages 3-6) through Grammar (ages 10-12). The classes take place in the afternoons 1 or 2 days per week for approximately 3 hours total. The instructor is also responsible for preparing students for, and leading them in both our annual Christmas Celebration recital as well as our First Holy Communion Mass.

About our School:

 Christ-centered prayer permeates our academic activities. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Therefore, the truth that we are discovering, exploring, and learning in our various academic subjects come from Him and lead back to Him so that we can encounter Him in an ever deeper and richer way. 

It is our mission to use the means of our educational endeavors to achieve the end of a closer encounter with the Person of Christ. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and as such our goal is to support families in their God-given charge by working with and in service to them.

We believe that community in the service of one another is an essential component of our Christian calling, that “Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety.  As a community, the Church must practice love.” Pope Benedict XV 

Divinum Auxilium Academy is a bright, joyful school that focuses on engaging and educating the whole person, not just their mind! Come join us, not only to assist students, but to pray, to play, to garden, and to grow!

 Instructions for applying for all positions:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and is competitive with salaries in our county of Warren, VA.  A 2 year commitment is required for any lead teaching position. Please direct inquiries and Resume with Cover Letter to Dian Schmiedicke, Head of School at dschmiedicke@divineassistanceacademy.org.  

 

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