Elementary Assistant Teacher

Amherst Montessori School | Amherst, MA, United States

Posted Date 5/03/2021

Job Description

The Elementary Assistant will play a supporting role in the success of the school. They will contribute to the education and socio-emotional development of children in 1st through 6th grade in the Elementary classroom. The Assistant’s role is to support the Lead Guides in utilizing research-based best practices in Montessori instruction in a student-centered learning environment appropriate to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of all learners.

Position Details

The Elementary Assistant role is a full time, benefitted, 10-Month position with additional summer responsibilities. 

Start date: August 23rd, 2021

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Compensation: $14.00 to $18.00 per hour, commensurate with experience

Required Quali?cations: High School Diploma and experience in an Elementary classroom, EEC Certification or eligibility are required.

Preferred Quali?cations: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field 
  • Montessori Method training/familiarity with pedagogy 
  • Experience as an assistant in an elementary/primary school setting, collaborating as a member of a teaching faculty, supervising children, and supporting instruction for students with diverse socio-emotional and learning support needs.  
  • Kind, caring, compassionate, and enthusiastic
  • Well-organized 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 



  • Assists the Lead Guides in developing and modifying instructional materials to appropriately meet the academic, physical, and socio-emotional needs of all learners 
  • Monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities
  • Continues planned instructional activities during Guides’ temporary absences from the classroom during lunch, prep time, and team meetings
  • Assists individuals and small groups of children in various subject areas and motor activities.

Classroom Management 

  • Supports children in following classroom procedures and grace and courtesy
  • Helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students, including crisis intervention.
  • Monitors students engaged in independent work or similar activities, ensuring respect for classmates and materials

Care of the Environment 

  • Repairs or replaces broken classroom materials and equipment in a timely fashion and ensures that learning materials are in good order and ready for student use each day
  • Replenishes consumable items, e.g. paper, pencils, polish, cotton puffs, art supplies, etc.
  • Prepares, monitors and assists children with clean up of food activities - lunch, snacks, and food prep 
  • Monitors coatroom activity and maintains order in the cubbies
  • Assists students in clean up of the environment at the end of the day

Observation and Record Keeping

  • Contributes to classroom record keeping and communication journals
  • Alerts Guides to individual student progress and needs and offers suggestions 
  • Participates in individual student action plans, implementing activities and recording progress under direction of the Guides


  • Communicates and interacts regularly and appropriately with students, faculty, staff and administration, maintaining positive relationships
  • Meets regularly with classroom team, engaging in planning of activities 
  • Attends and actively participates in all required staff meetings and events
  • Keeps con?dential information about students and families con?dential at all times


  • Maintains all professional certi?cations necessary, including yearly CPR/First Aid certification
  • Seeks opportunities for professional development 
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to Kelly Edreich at kedreich@amherstmontessori.org. 


Open until filled. 

Montessori Credential Level
Credential Not Required
Education Required
High School
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(413) 253-3101

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