AMI Trained Elementary Guide


The Montessori School of Tokyo (MST)

The Montessori School of Tokyo (MST) is seeking a full-time guide to work in our Elementary (EL) programme from August 2024, with the possibility of a start date before June 2024 pending the successful candidate’s availability. 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 which 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, road 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 cover letter, CV and full academic transcripts to, explaining why you are interested, and a suitable candidate for this job.

Only short-listed candidates who meet the above requirements will be contacted.