Primary Assistant


Mountainside Montessori School

Mountainside Montessori is accepting applications for full-time Primary Assistants.

The Montessori Primary Assistant is responsible for supporting the Montessori Primary Guide in the classroom with the goal of creating a nurturing, stimulating environment that supports the growth and development of each child. Our classrooms are designed to incorporate both indoor and outdoor spaces and reflect our mission of environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture, and free play in nature.

Key Responsibilities

Assist the Montessori Primary Guide in planning and delivering Montessori lessons and activities that align with the needs and interests of each child in the classroom

Support the children in their exploration and discovery of the prepared environment

Maintain order and cleanliness in the classroom

Foster a culture of respect, kindness, and cooperation among the children

Provide individual or small-group instruction as needed

Assist with preparing materials and setting up the classroom

Communicate regularly with the Montessori Primary Guide about children’s progress and any concerns

Participate in professional development opportunities to stay up-to-date on Montessori philosophy and best practices

Work collaboratively with other staff members to support the school’s overall mission and goals


High school diploma or equivalent

Experience working with children in a Montessori or similar environment preferred

Montessori training or willingness to undergo Montessori training

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Strong organizational and time management skills

Ability to work collaboratively with other staff members

First Aid and CPR certification (or willingness to obtain)

Position details

Position Type: Full-time, 8am-4pm, M-F

Location: 4206 Belvoir Road, Marshall, VA  20115

Compensation: $20,880 per school year; summer hours available with additional compensation

Working Conditions

The Montessori Primary Assistant will work in a school environment with children aged 3-6 years old. The guide may be required to stand or sit for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds.


Competitive salary, paid days for sick and personal leave, scheduled time off for professional observations, three weeks’ vacation for winter and spring breaks, most federal holidays off, paid continuing education opportunities (with contract), and a supportive extended community.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Shannon Falli Lasser

Phone:  (540) 253 5025