Lead Montessori Toddler Guide

Join us at ToTH Montessori (www.ToTHMontessori.org), a small, private Montessori program for children ages 18 months to 6 years old in Washington, DC. We operate in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC just a few blocks from the Navy Yard / Ballpark Metro Station. We opened in 2012 and have spent the last seven years improving and expanding. For the past three years, ToTH has won the “Best Preschool in the City” annual readers poll award in Washington DC’s City Paper. We are a strong, well managed school with talented leadership. Our goal for our guides is that they uphold the best practices in all areas of their work, while seeking ongoing learning, growth, and improvement together.

This is a position for a Montessori Guide who is looking for an authentic Montessori program. Your classroom will be stocked with the most beautiful and essential items necessary for this inaugural full-time toddler community of 12-14 children and you will receive a robust yearly budget for materials. We plan on beginning the accreditation process in the fall of 2019 and are seeking someone who will add quality, knowledge, and positive energy to our school community. From the beginning, you will dive into an experience of seeking excellence in the areas of care of self, care others, predictable environment, peaceful communication, strong record keeping.

Our Head of School and other lead guides are all MACTE trained professionals and our assistants take part in ongoing professional development. You will partner with an established team of passionate educators. ToTH is overseen by a board of experienced and highly involved trustee/owners and a former guide turned Head of School with 12 years of 0-12 Montessori classroom teaching experience. We are all committed to ensuring ToTH is not just a wonderful place for children, but also a place that is graceful and courteous for adults, with room for ongoing growth. We experience high retention of students and staff. We are supported, administratively, by a talented Admissions and Enrollment director, and a newly onboarded Administrative Director. We are currently using Montessori Compass as our online record keeping system and your class community will be entered for you before your arrival and you’ll be given a staff computer on which to conduct all ToTH business. Requests for you to work outside of school hours are limited to a few specific events as we value our teachers’ personal successes outside of work.

Work begins on July 29th, 2019, with a full week of pre-planning for teachers and staff, and school is in session 196 days, beginning August 5th and ending on July 3, 2020. There are four in-service training days for teachers. This is an exempt, full time position. The hours will be approximately 8:15AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday with a lunch and care of self break each day. Our calendar is designed to satisfy our staffs’ needs for rest and rejuvenation so longer days are balanced with a shorter summer and more frequent periods of rest throughout the year.

This position will report directly to the Head of School.

Candidates should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • MACTE endorsed credential from an AMI, IMC or AMS training program
  • Relevant teaching experience in a Montessori program
  • Graceful and mature communication style with children, co-workers and parents
  • Interest and willingness to engage in ongoing professional development
  • A team spirit and helpful approach to school success
  • Good communication skills
  • Creativity/drive
  • Strong references

Ideal candidates would possess the following (preferred, not required)

  • 5+ years teaching experience at the toddler level
  • 5 years Montessori teaching experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in early childhood
  • A toddler Montessori credential
  • Experience with parent education

Competitive compensation commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include a full package of health and disability insurance, retirement (401K), flexible spending accounts, professional development, child tuition credit (for enrolled children).

Qualified, interested candidates should please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to Stephanie Sarvana, Administrative Director, at: stephanie@toddlersonthehill.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

ToTH Montessori is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any job application on the bases of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

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