Lead Primary Guide

The Montessori Children's House of Arlington | Arlington, MA, United States

Posted Date 4/02/2024

Montessori Lead Guide – Primary Environment

The Montessori Children's House of Arlington is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic Lead Guides to join our faculty for the 2024-25 school year. The ideal candidate will be committed to the authentic implementation of the Montessori philosophy, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be a caring, consistent presence for the children.

Our school is committed to the holistic development of children ages 15 months to 6 years. Our program values the authentic implementation of Montessori as a philosophy, incorporating modern best practices, and developing community with our families. Like all Montessori environments, our school is Preparing, Responsive, and Adaptive, seeking always to meet the needs of all members of our community, from our students and parents to our faculty. Lead Guides play an important role in our program, providing structure, innovation, curriculum development, and partnerships with our families.


Some of the responsibilities of our Lead Guides include: • Maintain a developmentally appropriate morning work period for young children, giving lessons as appropriate • Follow Montessori philosophy as interpreted by the faculty and Head of School at MCHA • Assist in the creation of a culturally responsive environment, sensitive to the needs of every child and family • Address and advocate for the needs of every student in the classroom, and adjust curriculum if necessary to accommodate the needs of the children • Maintain and create materials that are developmentally appropriate for a Primary age group and which are appropriate for a Montessori environment • Participate in all Faculty Collaboration Days (during regular work hours), and participate in one Family Education event per semester • Provide high-quality engagement and active supervision, while simultaneously observing and allowing the child to develop concentration • Communicate individual children's curriculum trajectories with families, utilizing email, parent engagement software, conferences, face-to-face conversations, and phone calls as appropriate

Our requirements for this position are: • Required Lead Preschool Certification through EEC (or, fulfill Minimum Hiring Requirements for Lead Preschool Teacher) • Required CPR/First Aid Certification -- if CPR/FA has expired, the renewal will be required within 60 days of hire • Required Be physically able to sit on the floor, move from a kneeling to a standing position quickly, and lift 40lbs • Required Prior experience in a Primary/Preschool Environment - Montessori preferred • Required AMS Primary Certification or AMI Primary Diploma -- we are happy to work with interns seeking self-directed internships, or potential candidates interested in getting AMS or AMI training • Preferred Bachelor's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field

The benefits we offer: • Salary of $23 - $30 per hour, based on experience and education level. All school closings, including holidays, vacations, and snow days, are paid. • Competitive benefits - sign-on bonus, PTO, sick/personal days, 401K with matching, health insurance, and dental insurance. • Ample professional development opportunities - includes Faculty Collaboration Days and AMS Conference • Tuition assistance for degree programs and Montessori training


MCHA is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are extended to individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Salary23.00 - 30.00 Hour
Montessori Credential Level
Early Childhood (2½ - 6)
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(857) 203-2171

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