Primary Lead Guide

Headwaters School Springs Campus | Austin, TX, United States

Posted Date 3/03/2020

Headwaters School, a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school serving 530 students across its three campuses in Austin, TX, is seeking an Early Childhood Primary Lead Montessori Guide for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

At Headwaters, our guides nurture a school culture that promotes a growth mindset, a collaborative spirit, a joyful environment, and the achievement of high expectations. Our faculty and staff ensure all members of our school community understand their role in advancing issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Headwaters School supports the professional growth of our school faculty in order to contribute to their feelings of fulfillment, to provide a model of lifelong learning for our students, and to advance the strategic goals of the school.

Our faculty members are responsible for bringing our Purpose statement to life: to cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. In addition, they guide our students to live authentically, think expansively, and create bravely. We invite our students, guides, staff, parents, and trustees to be Peacemakers, Advocates, Creators, and Thinkers.

The Primary Lead Guide reports directly to our Director of Early Childhood. Our ideal candidate will have Primary Montessori certification, as well as a Bachelor’s degree.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required, degree in Education or a related field preferred
  • Montessori Primary certification, required
  • 3 - 5 years of teaching experience, preferred
  • Passion for working with young children
  • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion practices and curriculum in the classroom
  • A commitment to personal and professional development
  • Is a creative individual and team player
  • Ability to maintain calm and focus
  • Operates with a high level of integrity 
  • Highly organized & tech savvy

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Works as Lead Guide with approximately 25 children in a classroom setting with an assistant guide and support guide
  • Support the children through their classroom experience
  • Research and create instruction that supports the development of the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual growth of the child
  • Develop and maintain an environment that meets the sensitive period/plane of development of the children he/she works with
  • Maintain communication that supports an understanding of the school's program, develops positive relationships with the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community
  • Maintain an on-going dialogue with the Campus Director to coordinate curriculum integration and implementation
  • Establish a positive relationship with parents of the community and maintain regular communication with regard to their child's specific needs, as well as helping to develop an understanding of the Montessori curriculum
  • Actively participate in school functions, including Open Houses, Parent Orientations, campus fundraisers, etc.
  • Participate in a regular evaluation process including classroom observations, self evaluations, interim and annual performance evaluations, and annual goal-setting
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom and on school premises
  • Serve as an ambassador of the School's mission and philosophy
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and compensation is competitive for the greater Austin area. The school offers a wide-range of benefits including generous paid time off, 100% paid medical insurance for an employee on our HSA/High Deductible plan, 401(k) employer matching, on-going professional support and continuing education opportunities, and a unique working environment where you are able to share and receive ongoing feedback.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and educational philosophy statement Leslie Hirsch, Director of Human Resources at to apply or visit

Headwaters School welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local anti-discrimination law. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All Employees are responsible for complying with the School’s equal employment opportunity policy.

Credential Level
Early Childhood
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(512) 443-8843

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