Haverhill MA Wildflower Schools leadership opportunity
February 2020

Are you a Montessori teacher with a thirst for social justice and an entrepreneurial drive? Can you envision having your own school?

Wildflower Schools: Infant/Toddler Founding Teacher Leader

An Invitation to Grow Wildflower Schools in Haverhill, MA as a Founding Teacher Leader

Join a support network of intentionally diverse Wildflower schools that already exist in Haverhill, and a community of parents asking for more, as you explore the possibility of opening your own school.

Our Schools

Wildflower schools are very small — typically one- to two-classrooms. We are committed to equity, and unite intentionally diverse communities of children, families and teachers in a shared pursuit of interconnectedness, justice and peace. Wildflower schools are Montessori schools ​with certified teachers who embrace the qualities of authentic Montessori education – mixed ages, the full complement of materials for each age group, and a child-led, individualized approach within a beautiful, peaceful environment. Embedded within this beautiful diversity of experiences and perspectives,therearen​ ineprinciples​thatuniteourschools.

Why start a Wildflower School?

As a Teacher Leader you will:

  • ●  Participate in an accelerated 8-month intensive cohort or 12-month cohort with other teachers

    work​ ingtostarttheirownschools(plusayearlongsupportcohortfollowingschoollaunch!)

  • ●  Receive diversity, equity and inclusion support as you partner with 1-2 other teacher-leaders to develop a vision for an authentic Montessori school serving the diversity of our community
  • ●  Receive technical assistance and hands-on support from the local and national Wildflower teams in areas including: incorporation and not-for-profit formation, site search and preparation, financial management, school licensing, marketing, and admissions.
  • ●  Have the opportunity to access up to $100,000 in low-interest loan capital from the Wildflower Foundation to support start-up, and preferred partner relationships with a network of vendors to make launching and leading your school easier!
  • ●  Design and create a prepared Montessori environment in alignment with your vision and local regulations. Some free toddler furniture and materials may be available for a Haverhill school.
  • ●  Actively market your school to recruit and enroll a racially and socioeconomically diverse mix

    of children and families. Haverhill primary parents are asking for Wildflower schools for their toddler-age children so recruitment can build on this existing demand and energy.

Who is a Wildflower Teacher Leader?

As a Teacher Leader you have:

  • ●  AMI or AMS certification a​nd a strong interest in starting your own micro-school.
  • ●  A deep commitment to authentic Montessori​- Your expertise will position you to be a

    highly effective facilitator of children’s learning and to extend the values of Montessori to

    include the adults within your school community.

  • ●  Entrepreneurial leadership​- Your default mode is “yes.” You are flexible, open-minded, see

    opportunity in obstacles, and are energized by using creativity and resourcefulness to create

    solutions to problems.

  • ●  Commitment to serving diverse and multifaceted communities​- You are eager to expand

    access to Montessori for racially and socioeconomically diverse communities and are

    committed to supporting the development of intersectional communities.

  • ●  Generosity of spirit​- You live with kindness, practice gratitude and lead with love. You seek

    advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.

  • ●  Willingness to work hard​- You have the aptitude, stamina, time, and appetite to rise to the

    challenge of starting and leading your own school. You will not be alone, but you will be busy.

  • ●  A desire to learn and grow​- You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to

    develop new skills and expertise and to more fully explore your purpose and potential.

  • ●  A background working in toddler-aged communities​- You have deep experience working

    with 0-3 year old students as a trained Montessorian and you want to explore the possibilities

    beyond conventional schools.​

  • ●  Members of the Global Majority and native Spanish speakers a​re strongly encouraged as

    equity and social justice are tenets of our work, and we aim to support our community of multicultural and Latino families.​

    Why Wildflower?

    The Wildflower Foundation supports Montessori teachers in planning, launching and leading their own micro-Montessori schools. With over 30 Wildflower Schools in communities across the country, the Wildflower Foundation has partnered with dozens of teacher-leaders to support their journey from exploration through start-up. ​​We work toward our purpose by nurturing the development of new Wildflower micro-schools and providing essential tools, supports, and resources to our existing schools.​ H​ ave you wanted to start a school but felt daunted by the process–don’t worry, we’re here to help!

    We invite Montessori trained infant-toddler teachers to begin exploration of the journey toward opening a Wildflower school in Haverhill, Massachusetts. To learn more, please ​​click here​ to begin the conversation process, and send an email with your resume attached to​ ​Janet.begin@wildflowerschools.org