Founded in 1968,St. Joseph Montessori School is a Catholic Montessori community committed to a learning environment that respects the uniqueness of each child in reaching his/her full potential. Its Montessori curriculum integrates a philosophy that promotes higher order thinking and abstract reasoning skills for students 3 years old through the 8th Grade. SJMS takes prides in being more than a place of learning; it is a safe community where students confidently develop their character. They incorporate sound values and relate peacefully while developing a responsibility for themselves and the natural world.
The program at SJMS is designed to achieve the following goals:
to foster a positive attitude toward learning
to encourage self-confidence and independence
to encourage an abiding curiosity
to instill respect for the dignity of all humankind
Located in the historic and vibrant Italian Village/Short North section of Columbus, St. Joseph Montessori School serves a diverse population from Columbus and surrounding communities. A faculty of twenty-five men and women, all of whom are Montessori certified or working towards certification, teach the students in multi-age classrooms, typically with two teachers in each room.
The Head of School reports to a thirteen-member Board of Trustees, comprised of current and former SJMS parents and dedicated community leaders. The Board is responsible for overseeing the school’s financial health and for its purpose, direction, and progress. The Board employs and evaluates the Head of School, but entrusts to him/her the daily operations of SJMS.
For its next Head of School, the Board seeks an individual who can provide strong leadership for the school’s curricular and co-curricular programs and is comfortable being the public face of SJMS. Strong preference will be given to candidates who are Montessori trained and/or certified, Catholic, and ardent advocates for the advantages of a Montessori education.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit application materials at their earliest convenience. The Search Committee aspires to select the next Head of School early in 2019, but will consider all applicants until the search is concluded.
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials:
EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact John Mackenzie or for that document)
Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
Up to three letters of reference (optional)
Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: