Lead Primary Teacher

Hawaii Montessori School at Kona | Kailua Kona, HI, United States

Posted Date 7/03/2024

About us

Hawaii Montessori is a non-profit preschool in Kailua Kona, HI. We are professional and engaging, and our goal is to educate children for life by providing a nurturing, prepared environment where children, parents, and staff joyfully develop their esteem, discipline, independence, motivation, and community responsibilities to their fullest potential.

We are looking for a Lead Primary Teacher to start immediately (2023-2024 School Year) who is experienced, flexible, collaborative, and a great communicator who takes initiative. Our Primary program serves students ages 2 years to 6 years old.

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Benefits: We provide competitive wages with health care benefits, paid leave, paid vacation, paid holidays, and employee child tuition discounts.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

ECE Teachers for Group Child Care Centers for the State of Hawai’i must meet one of the following qualifications (Education, Credits, Experience):

  • Degree in Childhood Development or Early Childhood Education from an accredited College or University and 6 months of experience working in an Early Childhood Program or
  • CDA or approved post-secondary credential and 1 year supervised teaching experience working in an Early Childhood Program; or
  • 60 Credits in a Degree Program, Certificated in Early Childhood (16 credits), and 1 year of supervised teaching experience working in an Early Childhood Program or
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education from an accredited College or University, 6 credits in approved ECE and/or CD courses (may be part of Bachelor’s Degree), and 6 months experience working in an Early Childhood Program or
  • Bachelor in any field from an accredited College or University, 12 credits in approved ECE and/or CD courses (may be part of Bachelor's degree), and 6 months experience working in an Early Childhood Program

ECE Teachers for the State of Hawai’i must be registered with PATCH / Department of Human Services (DHS) Early Childhood Registry and be assigned a Caregiver ID. DHS Early Childhood Registry reviews the applications and verifies that the Teacher meets one of the education and experience requirements as stated above. A job offer is conditional upon the qualification requirements being accepted by DHS Early Childhood Registry.

  • Current Physical & TB Clearance
  • CPR & First Aid Certification Card – Infant/Toddler
  • Current Finger Print & Criminal History Background Check
  • PATCH Registry Certificate Minimum CDA Certification
  • All requirements shall be kept updated

Preferred Qualification Requirements:

  • Montessori Teaching Credential from AMS, AMI, or MACTE accredited institution.
    • Or currently enrolled in a Montessori teacher training coursework from a MACTE-accredited institution.
  • At least one full year of verifiable experience working as a lead teacher in a licensed group care setting.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

To create a model of Education for a lifetime: Responsible for program and personnel administration in the classroom; to plan, implement, and assess the children’s individual and community needs, the prepared Montessori environment, the Montessori curriculum, and enhance the overall quality of learning; to maintain a learning environment that is consistent with the school mission, vision, and values; to participate fully and professionally as a member of the faculty.

To direct an effective prepared environment, serve as a role model and as a catalyst between children and the prepared environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Classroom Program Planning, Development, and Administration.
  2. Preparation of the Environment.
  3. Parent Education Program.
  4. Personnel Administration
  5. TEAM leadership: promote active communication and collaboration between Classroom Teachers, Parents, and Students.


  • Prepare curriculum, seeking input from the Director and other faculty when beneficial.
  • Plan and conduct both individual and small-group lessons.
  • Keep student records and portfolios for all students
  • Collaborate in setting and implementing yearly program goals and objectives that are consistent with our vision, mission, and values.

Students and families:

  • Manage the classroom, including schedules, activities, field trips, and student behavior.
  • Supervise lunch and recess.
  • Hold conferences with families of individual students twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
  • Write reports or letters of recommendation for graduating or transferring students as requested.
  • Correspond with families.

Other responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly staff meetings, annual evaluations and goal setting, Teacher Workdays, and school functions (e.g., fundraising activities, student performances, etc.).
  • Write a monthly newsletter
  • Be an active advocate for quality childcare.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to admin@hawaiimontessori.org. Please include at least three professional references. 

Salary23.00 - 27.00 Hour
Montessori Credential Level
Early Childhood (2½ - 6)
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (12 mos.)
Phone(808) 329-0700

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