Lower Elementary Co-Lead Teacher

Montessori School of Yakima | Yakima, WA, United States

Posted Date 7/03/2024

About Montessori School of Yakima: Montessori School of Yakima (MSY) is dedicated to creating a purposeful, peaceful and enriching environment, based on the philosophy and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Within this environment, MSY nurtures the children of our community to become competent, compassionate and confident people who respect and contribute to the world in which they live. We aim to inspire a love of learning, foster independence, and cultivate a sense of community among our students, parents, and staff.

Position Overview: We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Montessori Co-Guide to join our team in a mixed-grade classroom serving students in grades 1 through 3. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy, strong classroom management skills, and the ability to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment. This position is to begin in August 2024. This is a full-time position that operates on an academic calendar year (mid-August to mid-June).

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with the lead teacher to plan and implement a Montessori curriculum that meets the developmental needs of students in grades 1 through 3.
  2. Assist in maintaining a well-prepared, clean, and organized Montessori classroom environment conducive to learning and exploration.
  3. Provide individualized instruction and support to students, fostering independence and self-directed learning.
  4. Facilitate small group lessons and activities, guiding students in their academic, social, and emotional growth.
  5. Observe and assess student progress, maintaining accurate records and communicating with parents/guardians as needed.
  6. Foster a positive classroom community based on respect, empathy, and collaboration among students and staff.
  7. Actively participate in staff meetings, professional development opportunities, and parent conferences.
  8. Uphold the Montessori School of Yakima's mission, vision, and values in all interactions and responsibilities.


  1. Bachelor's degree in Education or related field.
  2. Montessori certification (AMI or AMS) at the appropriate level (Elementary I or Elementary II) preferred but not required. Will provide Montessori training for the right candidate.
  3. Previous experience working in a Montessori classroom preferred.
  4. Strong understanding of child development and the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, parents, and students.
  6. Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative teaching environment and a commitment to ongoing professional growth and development.
  7. Ability to pass a background check and meet all state licensing requirements for working in an educational setting.


  • Salary range is $35,250 - $39,480 depending on experience and qualifications. Yearly increases are between 3-10% depending on budget and merit. Eligible for a bonus yearly.
  • Health Care Benefits are offered.
  • Retirement plan after one year of employment.
  • Employees working 20 hours a week plus get 50% off tuition and free before & after school care for their children. 
  • Salary staff start at seven personal days during the school year.
  • Professional development opportunities and support for continuing education.
  • A supportive and inclusive school community dedicated to the Montessori philosophy.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of professional references to mgunderson@msofy.org. In your cover letter, please address your experience with the Montessori philosophy and your approach to creating a supportive learning environment for students in mixed-grade classrooms.

Montessori School of Yakima is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


Salary35,250.00 - 39,480.00 Annual
Montessori Credential Level
Elementary I (6-9)
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(509) 966-0680

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