After more than 45 years of practice, we have seen that successful faculty and staff at Inly understand and embrace the following:
Our work is a calling. We are implementing a very unique, specialized approach to education. Inly is also much more than a school—we have a deep commitment to doing “whatever it takes” for our children and families, and we educate our children in the context of an active, vibrant, diverse community. All of this requires a special kind of commitment. Our Elementary lead teachers must have both a teaching degree and Montessori certification, or be willing to work toward acquiring both. Teachers and staff must also have a high level of cultural competence, and be committed to constant growth in this area.
Our work requires being coachable, an ongoing desire to learn and a sense of egoless-ness.
Our work is not easy. Our teachers individualize curriculum for every student, and have mixed age groupings. We are constantly aligning Montessori with practices and national standards, and we strive to implement the Montessori approach with fidelity while meeting the requirements of teaching in an academically rigorous independent school.
Our work requires flexibility, independence and initiative. We are a creative school committed to continual growth. Things change fast, and we are constantly developing and refining adaptive programs, systems and structures.
Our work requires a commitment to teaching families as well as children. Our holistic, child-centered approach to educating children is not intuitive to all families, and in order to truly partner with families, we must be committed to working with all members — large and small — in our Inly community.
Our work is profoundly rewarding!!! Our children love to come to school. They are joyful, funny and engaged, and they love all of the adults at Inly.