at Acton Academy Kennebunkport
Spark Guide - Montessori Specialist
Spark Guide - Montessori Specialist
Do you want to empower young learners?
A Spark Guide is a peacefully strong composer. This role is for someone who enjoys igniting the spark within young Heroes. A master multi-tasker that is a great storyteller, believes in equipping and empowering young minds. Someone who has a great poker face when hearing the silliest of stories and remains calm when it looks like glitter, paint, or flour exploded all over the floor.
We are not a Montessori school; however, believe that especially at a young age Maria Montessori had many things right and as such try to integrate some of the Montessori style and manipulatives into our studio. Montessori experience is not required but is very highly valued. An openness to growing and learning, is a requirement of all Guides at our school.
If your goal is to instill a love of learning in others while advancing in your own professional growth, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of one of the world’s most innovative schools.
Acton Academy Kennebunkport is a private elementary and middle school that opened in September 2020 (high school coming later) 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 approach to learning does not include tests, grades, or teachers leading lectures. Our classroom structure is unique. It ensures that the Guides create and facilitate the learning environment, but empowers students to take ownership of their individual learning path and collective classroom governance.
Acton exists to move learners (adults and children alike) on a journey to understand and develop their most precious gifts, discover their deepest passions, and use them to serve others in a meaningful way. This journey takes them from being receivers of knowledge to self-seekers of knowledge who find their callings and are capable of leading schools, businesses or community organizations if they choose. We believe our learners are geniuses destined to change the world in a profound way.
Are ready to begin your own Hero’s Journey?
Position Description: Our program consists of 4 days per week spent in the Studio and 1 day per week spent at an off-site location where the entire day in spent immersed in nature. Note: this position will be for the 4 days in the Studio only.
The Spark Guide will work with our youngest learners, approximately ages 5-7 years old of which there will be about 8-12 learners for the 2022-2023 school year. The Spark Guide will work in partnership with the other Guides as well as the Head of School to:
affirm students, 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
create meaningful exhibitions, ceremonies and celebrations that reinforce the rules of engagement and personal/group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community
co-create and launch quests (projects), including daily challenges and curating world class examples
encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents and peers what they can do
evaluating and refining existing curriculum, designing and experimenting with new projects, tools, and approaches
pass along responsibilities to learners as quickly as possible, so as to empower them to lead themselves