Guide – Job Description 2022-2023

Elm City Montessori School, launched in August 2014, is New Haven’s first public Montessori school. We are committed to actively building an Antibias Antiracist school community. We are seeking Classroom Guides to support us in building a vibrant and transformative learning environment in our growing school. We will serve 285 children preK-7th grade in the 2020-2021 academic year and will grow to more than 370 students between the ages of 3 and 13 over the next ten years.  New Haven, Connecticut is a thriving arts, cultural, and education hub, located in the center of a growing community of public Montessori schools.


About the position: The Guide leads instruction in the classroom, reports to the Principal, and works in collaboration with Classroom Assistant, SEL Team, and Coaches. This is a full time 10-Month with required August Training before the school year begins.

Required Qualifications: This position requires certification to teach in the public schools in the State of CT and completion of a Montessori Training program. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal applicant has a Master’s Degree in Education or a related field, is trained in the Montessori method and/or has experience as an assistant in a public school setting, collaborating as a member of a teaching faculty, supervising children, and supporting instruction for students with special needs. S/he/they is kind, caring, compassionate, enthusiastic, well-organized, bilingual (Spanish), and creative with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Key Components of the Position:

Planning and presenting antibias learning in academics and social emotional learning in the classroom
Differentiating instruction to ensure growth for all students
Collaborating with classroom, level, and school teams to plan curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Partnering with families through regular communication to support children’s growth
Participating in professional learning in social emotional skills, academics, and Anti-Bias Anti-Racist work

Areas of Responsibilities:


Developing and modifying instructional materials to appropriately meet the academic, physical, and social emotional needs of all learners
Completing weekly lesson planning for all children, including Montessori lessons and reading and ABAR (Anti-Biased Anti-Racist) instruction
Planning formative and summative assessments around benchmarks and measures of proficiency
Collects data and progress using appropriate systems and tools on a weekly basis

Anti Bias Anti Racist Work

Plans and shares work with One Book, One School, integrating ABAR book into the monthly learning cycle in the classroom
Integrates ABAR learning into the areas of Cosmic Education (History, Science, Geography, etc.)
Participates in monthly ABAR professional learning and actively commits to self work

Social Emotional Learning

Plans lessons in social emotional learning that support children in following classroom procedures and grace and courtesy
Helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students, mediating conflicts and supervising for safety
Communicates with families regularly to support social emotional growth and safety

Differentiation and Support

Uses data and record keeping to plan differentiated lessons to support children in need of additional support
Participates in SRBI/Intervention Planning to plan interventions, to collect data, and to monitor children’s growth
Communicates with families about children’s needs, support plans, and progress

Family Partnership

Shares weekly updates with families in Classroom Newsletter
Proactively communicates about children’s progress using appropriate school wide tools
Works collaboratively with families to plan for supports for children’s academic and social emotional growth

Collaboration and Professional Learning

Communicates and interacts regularly and appropriately with students, faculty, staff and administration, maintaining positive relationships
Meets regularly with classroom team, engaging in planning of activities
Attends and actively participates in all require professional learning and events including work with Social Emotional Learning, Academics, and ABAR


Maintains all professional certifications necessary
Performs other duties as assigned

Interested applicants may fill out ECMS Employment Application:


Revised: April 2022