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Montessori Para-Educator

Date Posted: Apr 17, 2023

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Montessori Para-Educator 

Location: Various Locations

Salary: $15.55/hr. 

Report to: Principal and/or Director of Montessori

Bargaining Unit: Para-Professionals

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Telcommuting Eligibility:  Not eligible for telecommuting.

In accordance with the agreement between the Detroit Federation of Para-Professionals and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, Article XVI, Vacant Positions, the following vacancy is announced:

Position Summary:

The Montessori Para-Educator assist both Pre-Kindergarten-8th grade students and teachers with classroom preparation and task to support the learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Application Requirements: Must be willing to attend and complete 45 hours of Montessori Assistant Training.

  • Must possess and provide evidence of High School Diploma or GED certification.
  • Sixty (60) credit hours from an accredited institution; or passing scores on the Work keys basic skills assessment test.
  • A Child Development Associate credential (CDA) or Associate Degree in Early Childhood/Child Development, or at least a class in Child Development with a written plan to complete the CDA or Associate Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood/Child Development for Early Childhood Montessori classrooms.  
  • Passing Scores of  ETS para pro test or passing WorkKeys score prior to June 2017
  • Working with school age youth helpful.

Essential Functions

  1. Assist the teacher with instructional tasks assigned to individual students or small groups of students.
  2. Assist the teacher with related tasks such as recordkeeping, checking students’ work, preparing and distributing instructional materials, etc.
  3. Serve as a liaison between the school and the family.
  4. Attend Parent-Staff Meetings, during regular working hours.
  5. Participate in in-service workshops.
  6. Observe student performance and assisting in the planning and implementation of appropriate instructional activities.
  7. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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