Upper Elementary Teacher

International Montessori School | Durham, NC, United States

Posted Date 5/21/2020

International Montessori School is looking for someone who is creative and has strong knowledge of upper elementary program structures. In addition, our ideal candidate is interested in building a rich program leading to increased enrollment. This person is comfortable working in a collaborative, co-teaching model and is eager to be a key contributor to moving our young upper elementary program forward. In addition to requiring very strong written and spoken English communication skills, it is helpful to have proficiency in another language and/or experience in a language immersion setting (although not required).

Key Requirements

  • Love of the uniqueness of students in the second plane of development.
  • Willingness to collaborate with the upper elementary teachers from the immersion classrooms.
  • Interest in coordinating goings out, including over night trips, with the upper elementary students.
  • Strength in a project-based, highly integrated approach to applying the Montessori philosophy.
  • High comfort level with current and new technology.
  • Upper elementary certification from a MACTE-accredited program
  • 5+ years experience as a guide in an upper elementary Montessori classroom

In this position, you will be part of a multilingual team with the existing upper elementary teachers in French, Spanish, and Chinese and will be supported by the Director of Programs who served as the upper elementary English teacher for the last three years.  The team will collaborate closely to ensure program integrity and cohesion across the languages.

This position is a full-time position and typically over a ten-month school calendar. The 2020-2021 school year will be slightly longer due to the current pandemic. A competitive salary and health, vision, and dental benefits are available.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.  We are working to fill this position as soon as possible.  Newly hired staff will begin the school year July 30, 2020.


About Us

International Montessori School is a non-profit, independent school located in Durham, North Carolina approximately 10 minutes south of Duke University and fifteen minutes north of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. IMS is a wonderful, diverse environment where teachers and families of many cultures, languages, and backgrounds come together in a supportive and engaging community. Our school provides full immersion programs in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese for approximately 130 students from 3 to 12 years old. Our toddler program is in English with language enrichment in Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Full immersion means that the classroom teachers and assistants provide all instruction in the target language of the classroom for the majority of the students' day. Many of our students come from English-speaking homes, but their parents have chosen IMS because they value being bilingual in today’s society. About 30% of our families come from homes where at least one parent speaks the target language either natively or relatively fluently.

Credential Level
Elementary II (9-12)
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(919) 401-4343

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