Junior Guide Program
Chiaravalle Montessori, in partnership with Evanston Township High School, is excited to announce a new employment opportunity during the summer for high school students seeking to gain experience working in an educational setting. The Junior Guide position will work with the Chiaravalle summer staff to support the summer school program for children ages 2-3 or 4-6. The position will introduce Junior Guides to a Toddler or Early Childhood setting, familiarize them with the routine of young children’s days, and acclimate them to the expectations of working as a team member to further children’s development.
Our 2023 summer school is a 9 week program that begins on June 8 and ends August 11. The summer school program is organized in 3 sessions: June 8–June 30, July 3–July 21, and July 24–August 11. Guide positions are offered all 3 sessions from 8:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday–Friday. Junior Guides may work 1, 2, or all 3 of the sessions. Junior Guides are expected to attend training hosted by Chiaravalle prior to program start, as well as two days of classroom set up for those Junior Guides working during the first session and two days of classroom breakdown for those working during the final session.
The Junior Guide’s responsibilities include maintaining supervision and safety inside the classroom and outdoors on the playground, regularly communicating with head and assistant teachers, and building relationships with students. Junior Guides will also help prepare the classroom, including helping with snack and lunch, assisting napping students, and reorganizing materials at the end of the day. While summer school at Chiaravalle does not utilize Montessori materials, Chiaravalle Montessori believes that, as Maria Montessori wrote, “children are human beings to whom respect is due,” and summer school puts this into action by treating even the youngest students as capable human beings.
Qualified candidates must be current high school students in good academic standing and legally eligible to work. The ideal candidate is patient and comfortable with children, willing to take direction from experienced teachers, and eager to have hands-on experience in a classroom setting and during outdoor play.