By Madhava Smullen
The Bhaktivedanta Academy in Alachua, Florida, a thriving spiritually-centered Pre-K through 10th grade Montessori and International Baccalaureate school, is seeking applicants for its new internship program for Pre-K and Elementary teachers.
An informal internship program has already been running for some time; however, with the school now looking to double its capacity over the next several years, a formalized program is being launched to prepare for future growth. Beyond buildings and facilities, according to Head of School Visvambhara Dasa, the most important factor of the expansion is “making sure we have qualified people ready to take on the responsibility of teaching in our classrooms” and that “in expansion, we maintain consistent experience for students regardless of which classroom they’re in.”
Candidates should hold a BA or BS degree, or be currently completing coursework toward attaining one, and should have knowledge of or interest in the Montessori educational methodology. Most importantly, they should have an interest in education and in working with children, as well as an ability to work collaboratively and “a willingness to think beyond themselves.”
The Bhaktivedanta Academy program will open up opportunities for such people who are pursuing a career in education or already have teaching experience. The paid internship will place them into a multi-year career track under the guidance of a highly-qualified classroom instructor. There will be both full-time and part-time positions, allowing interns the flexibility to get classroom experience while they’re still studying for their degree.
The hybrid training program, which includes in-person experience at Bhaktivedanta Academy and online instruction via the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS), ultimately leads to interns becoming certified Montessori teachers at either the Pre-K or Elementary level. This process usually takes about two years, depending on what stage the intern is at in their education. All training and certification costs will be covered by Bhaktivedanta Academy.
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