Toddler Assistant Teacher

Pinewoods Montessori School | Hillsborough, NC, United States

Posted Date 7/20/2022

Pinewoods Montessori School

Toddler Assistant Teacher


In accordance with the Montessori philosophy, your personal training, and PWMS policies, your job as a Toddler Assistant is to assist the Montessori Lead Teacher to: challenge each child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment. The expectations and duties for the Assistant include the following:


Adhere to the PWMS mission, for the purpose of maintaining quality and excellence. 

  • Model integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity, and respect for all persons as well as an appreciation for racial, cultural, and gender issues and diversity and establishing positive relationships with students.  
  • Help to build a classroom community of respect and kindness using grace and courtesy. 
  • Create and maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with the Lead Teacher by consistently communicating. This includes: setting aside time for planning, sharing questions, observations and supervising interactions with children, parents and general classroom management. 
  • Communicate regularly with lead teacher about children, parent issues, absences, and classroom updates; Listen to feedback
  • Respect confidentiality for families, children and employees. Do not discuss children or their families outside of staff meetings or private meetings with your supervising teacher. 
  • Maintain respectful relationships with coworkers
  • Take on the role of the lead teacher in their absence. 

Assist and support the work of the Lead Teacher in the general care of the Montessori environment in which the furnishings and materials are developmentally appropriate and provide academic purpose. 

  • Maintain a clean and hygienic classroom environment 
  • Assist in the preparation of activity and project materials for the prepared environment (copying, laminating, assembling, etc.) 
  • Help keep materials clean, organized, and in good condition
  • Check and replenish consumable classroom items at the beginning, and the end of, every day: make sure each work is neat and in the correct spot, check and refill soap dispensers and paper towels in bathrooms when needed, and other responsibilities in this vein as directed by the Lead Teacher.
  • Report supplies requests to the Office Manager. 
  • Take on the role of “tone-keeper” while the Lead Teacher is giving lessons
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with executing lessons, daily classroom activities, and long-term curriculum units, as requested.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with maintaining current attendance and accurate academic records, as requested.
  • Assist students towards self-directed learning and normalization

Assist the Lead Teacher and the Toddler Team with maintaining shared environments and with required cleaning. Specific designation of responsibilities should be determined between the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher.

  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Keeping sinks, tables, and other surfaces clear of materials not intended for the children’s use
    • Cleaning tables and chairs 
    • Making sure rugs are rolled neatly
    • Wiping down bathrooms 

Share the responsibility for the safety and physical well-being of the children at all times. 

  • Maintain appropriate and adequate supervision of children at all times (indoors and outside) Children are never to be left unattended. 
  • Help children get dressed for outside and inside play (i.e. shoes and coats)
  • Monitor the playground during outside play. 
  • Monitor the bathroom and foyers during transition times.
  • Assist children in developing bathroom independence and healthy bathroom habits, as necessary according to age level. 
  • Diapering and other tasks of daily living.

Maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with Administration and colleagues to assist with the support of children. 

  • Attend staff meetings
  • Participate in professional development
  • Notify the Head of School immediately of personal or professional difficulties

Other Duties:

  • Assist the Lead Teacher with execution of fire drills and other emergency procedures
  • Facilitate communication and conflict resolution between students, as directed by the Lead Teacher. 
  • Establish and maintain consistent discipline procedures and methods, in accordance with PWMS policies.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in building and maintaining home/school family partnerships, as requested.  Attend parent-teacher conferences, when requested.
  • Support the Lead Teacher with community service initiatives and/or classroom projects.
  • Read all emails and messages from school administrators, daily.
  • Additional duties, as assigned.


Physical requirements may include:

  • The ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Hand dexterity
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Walking between transitions and playground monitoring
  • Ability to sit on the floor and transitioning from sitting to standing throughout the day
Salary15.50 - 18.00 Hour
Montessori Credential Level
Credential Not Required
Education Required
High School
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(919) 644-2090

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