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Children's House Lead Guide

Stepping Stones Montessori School Grand Rapids, MI
Stepping Stones Montessori School seeks a Lead Guide for its growing Children’s House (Primary) program. Our new Lead Guide will open a 4th Primary classroom in the fall of 2020 to accommodate growing enrollment. As part of the team, the incumbent will also develop and execute classroom standards. Reporting to the Head of School, the guide will be responsible for all aspects of classroom administration—preparing the environment, developing student relationships, presenting lessons, working with students on follow-up work, managing the classroom, supervising the classroom assistant, and developing parent relationships.

Our team of professional Montessorians seeks a colleague that holds an AMI diploma for the primary level, has earned at least a bachelor’s degree, and has at least 3 years of classroom experience. The incumbent must also have current work authorization in the United States. We seek someone with patience for children and a passionate drive for Montessori.

Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, just a jaunt away from world-class medical research, healthcare, and breweries, Stepping Stones Montessori School is the voice of Montessori in Western Michigan. Ninety families founded our school 36 years ago, and we currently serve 180 students from 12 weeks of age to 15 years of age. Stepping Stones Montessori School remains the city’s only private, non-religious elementary and middle school. We proudly proclaim our commitment to peace, guidance over instruction, respect for children, and efforts to carry out Maria Montessori’s work faithfully.

Grand Rapids, Michigan is a vibrant and growing city, with a wonderful quality of life. Grand Rapids is among the ten best cities for millennials by the National Association of Realtors, Forbes Magazine recognized Grand Rapids as the best place to raise a family.

If our school and city sound like your kind of place, and if you have the necessary credentials, we would love to hear from you. Please email Elizabeth Topliffe ( with your interest and a copy of your CV attached. Or, send a hard copy of your letter of interest and resume to Elizabeth Topliffe, Stepping Stones Montessori School, 1110 College Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.