Primary Lead Guide


Shining Stars Montessori Academy


Job Opportunity: PRIMARY LEAD GUIDE (Ages 3-6)

Location: Washington, DC

Start Date: August 2021

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Montessori certified and experienced Lead Guide(s) at the PRIMARY level to join our dynamic and expanding staff for SY 2021-2022. If you possess a sincere commitment to building and directing a quality Montessori environment, offering support and guidance to parents, and collaborating with experienced colleagues, please consider joining the Shining Stars Montessori school community. The right candidate should possess maturity, dedication, high integrity, good judgment, ability to self-reflect as a member of the teaching staff, and the courage to grow as a teacher leader. We seek individuals with a clear understanding of Montessori ideals, deep knowledge of the development of children, classroom management and communication skills that nurture self-discipline, order, and confidence in young students. We can offer you a rewarding experience in a growing and diverse Montessori school in the nation’s capital.

This is a full time and benefited position. Hours are typically Monday – Friday from 7:45am -4:30pm, with some weekend and evening activities . This position is in- person, but may require virtual presentation of lessons as well.

Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

Understand and promote the Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS vision, mission, and goals to students, parents, and community

Develop and administer an authentic Montessori Primary curriculum and assessments consistent with the Montessori Method and aligned with the Montessori Learning Standards and District of Columbia Common Core State Standards

Conduct ongoing observations assessments of student learning, and modify instructional methods to fit individual student needs, including for students with special needs and/or English Language Learners

Lead individual and small group instruction as needed

Develop and prepare the Montessori classroom environment, materials, and lessons to meet the students’ needs and interests.

Present consistent individual and group lessons to the students and supporting each child’s socio-emotional and academic progress and learning success

Record observations of student work on a daily basis to check for student understanding, progress and achievement.

Manage and document student attendance on a daily basis.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Education, Early Childhood Education or a related discipline is required; Master’s Degree preferred.

Montessori training certification/Diploma in Primary Education

Teaching license and or eligible to qualify for one via the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC

Prior teaching experience in a Montessori classroom environment preferred.

Prior experience working in a school with a diverse student population and staff

Praxis I & II certification and passing scores preferred

Spanish or French language fluency a plus


Salary for this position is competitive. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume, in one document, to and and include the position title in the subject line (for example : Primary Montessori Guide.