Job Openings

1) Drummond Montessori Magnet Elementary School is seeking a dynamic educational leader to become its next Montessori Program Director. The Director’s core function is to ensure the effectiveness of the Montessori program. The Director will have leadership and organizational skills, as well as a comprehensive educational vision that is consistent with the school’s commitment to the Montessori educational philosophy. The Montessori Program Director serves on the leadership team and reports directly to the principal of the school.

Drummond Elementary School welcomed its first students in 2004. Drummond has a vibrant and diverse educational community where students are our highest priority. We provide a rigorous education grounded in Montessori philosophy. When visitors enter our classrooms, they are impressed by the independence, purposefulness, and collaboration of our students. Our students come to us through a citywide lottery and despite no entry test requirements Drummond is one of the highest performing public elementary schools in CPS. 

  • High expectations for each child’s individual academic, social, and moral growth
  • Commitment to the mission and educational philosophy of Drummond’s Montessori Program and a sense of stewardship of the culture of the program, providing continuity and momentum
  • Knowledge, understanding, and application of curriculum development
  • Experience teaching in a Montessori classroom
  • Experience coaching teachers
  • Excellent communication and community-building skills
  • Efficient and highly task-oriented
  • Rationality, maturity, integrity, self-worth
  • Illinois Teaching Credential
  • Montessori Trained/Certified (dual-levels preferred)
  • Master’s Degree, or higher in Education

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Curriculum and Staff Development

  • Identify, provide, and coordinate professional growth opportunities for staff in regards to Montessori curriculum, educational best practices, assessments, and other areas as needed
  • Provide ongoing coaching, feedback, and resources to teachers and support staff, including modeling of presentations and co-teaching with teachers and classroom assistants
  • Provide on-going review of lesson plans and work plans
  • Provide leadership in the ongoing development, improvement and evaluation of the curriculum in connection to Common Core Standards and Montessori Curriculum
  • Facilitate and support weekly teacher team meetings

Administrative Leadership

  • Support the planning and participate in leadership team and other staff meetings
  • Schedule and oversee administration of standardized and school/district mandated assessments (ex: NWEA, Benchmark, Fountas & Pinnell, etc.)
  • Organize and coordinate special programs such as Nature’s Classroom annual trip, Talent Show, Father Daughter Dance, music & dance recitals, Kindergarten & 3rd grade Shadow Days, etc.
  • Coordinate reading incentive programs (Book It, Read to Succeed)
  • Support hiring efforts including recruiting and interviewing potential new staff members
  • Meet and collaborate regularly with Montessori Program Directors from other Chicago area schools
  • Oversee Afterschool Program Coordinators

Student Support

  • Attend IEP meetings as needed, and work with the case manager to see all students are properly served

Families/Community Engagement

  • Serve as liaison between families, teachers, and administration and communicate to families the program’s mission, policies, and procedures
  • Plan, organize, and maintain a calendar of family engagement events including Early Childhood parent classroom observations, parent education/family nights, back to school meet & greets, open house, Step Up meetings, new parent/student orientation, and school tours
  • Oversee enrollment of students from lottery process and address questions and field inquiries from prospective families about Drummond’s Montessori Program
  • Assist in other areas as needed and/or directed

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Raynell Walls, Principal at rwalls@cps.edu. Please include the words “Application for Montessori Director” in your email heading. Candidates should also submit their applications through the CPS on-line process

Posted July 24, 2014


If you would like to post an open position on the Magnet Schools of America website, please contact Todd Mann, Executive Director at todd.mann@magnet.edu