Montessori Lead Guide Job Description

Title: Lead Guide

Reports to: Directress
Compensation: Compensation is salaried, with benefits, and based on experience

The Montessori Lead Guide is a teacher who helps direct the children’s activities academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically in a prepared Montessori environment that challenges each child to reach their fullest potential in these developmental areas.  This work is in accordance with Montessori philosophy, and Bend Montessori School’s policies and procedures for the age group in which a Montessori certificate is held.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The Montessori Lead Guide must love and respect children, exhibit leadership qualities, have a sense of humor, be friendly and work cooperatively with teams, must be self-motivated and have the personality to motivate others, and must be able to set priorities and meet deadlines. This position requires a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations with a continual need for tact and diplomacy, with the ability to manage a wide variety of personalities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with staff to develop and implement a curriculum that follows the Montessori philosophy.

Represent the school mission, vision and goals to parents and members of the community in a positive and supportive manner.

Prepare and maintain a clean, orderly and attractive Montessori classroom.

Engage students in maintaining the indoor and outdoor environment as appropriate.
Care for materials, keeping them complete, clean, beautiful, and accessible to children.
Keep environment, storage area and supplies clean, neat and organized.
Regularly rotate, update and expand materials to correspond to student needs.
Make, repair and/or replace classroom materials as needed.

Share responsibility for the daily safety, well being and supervision of students.

Demonstrate respect, kindness and rapport with all students.

Develop and maintain goals and lesson plans for each student, and keep ongoing records of each child’s progress in different developmental areas. Records and plans should be done in such a way so that assistants and substitutes can easily understand and continue work with students.

Schedule and prepare for conferences with parents in the fall and spring of each year. Provide a written student evaluation of each child’s academic, social, and physical development to share with families during conferences.

Respond promptly and professionally in communication with parents and staff.

Attend and participate in staff meetings, school events, field trips and training opportunities.

Assist with parent education and outreach, including monthly newsletter articles, blog posts, and parent education workshops.

Adhere to professional standards as an educator for the purpose of maintaining quality and excellence.  Work with other staff to maintain professional relationships of support and respect.

Complete an annual evaluation and review with Directress.

Be responsible for annual continuing education and professional development requirements.

Provide guidance and orientation to parents, volunteers, classroom visitors and substitutes.

Report all accidents or unusual situations to Directress and submit a dated Accident Report in student file.

Notify Directress in a timely manner of personal or professional difficulties with school, families, students or staff, and work with them to resolve such problems.


The Lead Guide shall perform his/her duties subject to the general supervision and direction of the Directress, and shall abide by all reasonable rules, regulations and policies set forth in the Family and Staff Handbooks.


BA or BS in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education
Montessori Primary/Kindergarten Diploma or Training Certificate
Teaching experience in a Montessori environment
Enrollment in the Child Care Division Central Background Registry
Oregon Registry Step 10 or above
Current First Aid/CPR certification


All staff members strive for the following characteristics in their work: excellence, competence, innovation, collaboration, respect, resourcefulness, flexibility and accountability.

Commitment to Diversity

Bend Montessori School is strongly committed to maintaining a culturally diverse environment for all students, staff and parents. Bend Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, physical ability, marital status/family structure or on any basis prohibited by law in its admissions, administration, educational policies, other school programs or in its employment practices.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Bend Montessori School

PO BOX 460 Bend, OR 97709

You may email application materials to admin@bendmontessorischool.com.

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