AMI Trained Elementary Guide


The Montessori School of Tokyo

The Montessori School of Tokyo is seeking a full-time guide to work in our Elementary programme from August 2022. The ideal candidate will be a masterful, thoughtful, and compassionate Montessori educator who supports and nurtures the social/emotional development of the students in their care. They are an enlightened generalist who inspires the children to explore all areas of the curriculum. 

Primary Role 

To work as a teacher who ignites the spark of interest in each individual child and supports them in their developmental needs. 


Maintain a safe physical and emotional environment that encourages respect and understanding between students and faculty in the Elementary community and is consistent with Montessori pedagogy. 

Maintain and protect the three-hour work period each morning. 

Plan and deliver presentations to students on a regular basis. 

Observe students on a regular basis. 

Help students to concentrate and find joy in their work. 

Ensure the environment is clean, beautiful, orderly, and prepared for students at all times. 

Make materials as needed. 

Help students to navigate peer conflict. 

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, and faculty. 

Provide feedback about student progress to parents that includes, but is not limited to, twice yearly progress reports and learning conferences, as well as impromptu parent meetings when needed.

Work collaboratively with colleagues, teaching partners, assistants and others within the Elementary teaching team.

Attend school community events such as Back to School events, Montessori Journey, other parent ed offerings, etc.

Ensure that Transparent Classroom and other tools are up to date and lessons are recorded on a regular basis.

Post content on the appropriate social media channels to support wider understanding of MST’s elementary programme. 

Other duties (determined by school administration) that support school operations such as screening of new students, garden or recess duty, street duty, field trip chaperone or special event attendance.

Plan, attend, support, and participate in Elementary trips e.g. Elementary Camp, Upper Elementary Ski Trip (if applicable, etc.) 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required 


Bachelor’s degree or higher 

AMI 6-12 Diploma or currently enrolled in/willing to complete an AMI 6-12 Diploma 

Native English speaker OR fluent and highly proficient in English, both written and spoken 

Excellent cross-cultural communication, interpersonal, organisational, and problem-solving skills 

Works calmly and effectively under pressure 

Communicates appropriately, collaboratively, and respectfully with students, parents, and colleagues 

Self-motivated and proactive

Willingness to work for at least 3 years at MST 

Ability to adapt to living in a Japanese environment


3 years experience as a guide in a Montessori 6-12 programme

Experience living abroad or significant experience with a culture other than one’s own

Application Process

Please send a covering letter, CV and full academic transcripts to, explaining why you are interested, and a suitable candidate for this job. 

This recruitment process is open immediately and we will be receiving and processing applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates who meet the above requirements will be contacted.