Elementary Teacher

SUIT   Ignacio, CO   Full-time     Education
Posted on October 8, 2021
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Elementary Teacher

Southern Ute Indian Tribe $41,456.65/year with benefits Monday-Friday Ignacio, CO 81137. Native American Preference; all applicants welcome.

POSITION SUMMARY: This is a professional teaching position with the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy (SUIMA). An employee in this position uses the Montessori philosophy to provide Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students with a developmentally appropriate learning environment meeting the physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and cultural needs of the child. This position is responsible to communicate effectively with parents/guardians about their child’s progress in each domain area.


1. Expands the child’s ability to learn and grow in his/her environment by planning a safe and healthy environment and preparing environments that are appropriate for children supporting the educational and personal growth of the child.

2. Assists child to develop the ability to effectively process feelings and work cooperatively with others, by working on those skills necessary to cope with present and future circumstances.

3. Provides appropriate stimulation by developing materials and activities that promote gross motor, fine motor, language, Ute language and culture, social/emotional, and intellectual development of the child.

4. Provides experiences that create an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement, fostering the development of a positive self-concept, supporting the child’s individual strengths.

5. Follows through with educational& behavioral strategies developed by the child study team by integrating them into student’s daily routine.

6. Attends and gathers ongoing education in addition to SUIMA in-services.

7. Respects the use and care of materials and equipment; keeps materials and supplies well organized to present an attractive, orderly, safe, and inviting classroom.

8. Supports the philosophy and goals of the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy.

9. Communicates with parents/guardians to encourage positive interactions between home and school.

10. Supports the integral role the parent/guardian plays in their child’s overall educational success.

11. Maintains daily attendance, meal records, individual student records, and other data requested by the supervisor.

12. Gathers and maintains individual and classroom data for documentation, evaluation, planning, and individual assessment as directed by the Principal or supervisor

13. Posts a daily classroom schedule, and maintains individual daily lesson plans for each child, and also provides a monthly lesson plan for the principal.

14. Conducts a minimum of two parent/teacher conferences per year for each assigned child.

15. Relates positively with co-guides, assistants, supervisors, co-workers, Tribal employees, children, families, and the public.

16. Shares the responsibility of all requirements regarding the education and care of the children with co-guide.

17. Attends all meetings, in-services, and trainings as required.

18. Represents the Tribe and school in a professional manner.

19. Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Because of educational qualifications, may be assigned to other levels based on enrollment and/or staffing needs of SUIMA.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have BA/BS in Elementary Education or related field. Must have a current State-issued teaching license. Must have experience working with Native American children. Must have computer experience and be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel. Must be Montessori certified at the level of the teaching assignment or obtain certification within 2 years of hire. Must have and maintain a current Infant/child/adult CPR and First Aid certificate or obtain within 6 months of hire. Must pass a thorough background check including Criminal History, fingerprint check, and pre-employment drug test.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS in Elementary Education in the content area specific to the teaching assignment. Current State-issued teaching license with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education MA degree in Education in the content area specific to the teaching assignment. Possession of a valid driver’s license for state of residency and insurable under the Tribal vehicle insurance policy.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, orally and in written format. Ability to prepare reports, and present facts and information clearly and effectively.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent. Knowledge of basic Algebra and Geometry.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to always maintain strict confidentiality, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Tribal Officials, Tribal staff and managers, coworkers, parents, students, and the public. Ability to manage and schedule multiple tasks and projects to meet the demands of the Department. Ability to exhibit confidence in judgment and decision-making. Must work independently, with a minimum of supervision.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work will require the use of computers with exposure to the video display terminals, the need to work in front of a computer terminal for extended periods of time and some repetitive motion associated with data entry and the use of a computer mouse. Lifting a minimum of 40 pounds may be required regularly. Position involves periods of standing, sitting, walking, bending, and kneeling Adequate hearing is required to hear/talk with all individuals and to use telephones on a consistent basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work performed is in a classroom setting with some exposure to environmental stress. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate. Position may involve exposure to communicable diseases. Frequent communication with Tribal members and Tribal employees daily, including email, telephone, as well as face-to-face interaction.