Overview

Title: Lead Guide, Upper Elementary
Location: Joyful Scholars Wenatchee Campus (249 N. Mission, Wenatchee WA)
Contract: As soon as possible -June 24, 2022(hopefully establishing long-term
employment, though all contracts are renewed annually)
Salary: DOE/DOQ
Schedule: 8:15-3:45 M-F (taking a 30-minute lunch) during school days (see school
calendar for details; joyfulscholars.org), once-per-session staff meetings during
respites or after hours, and three all-school gatherings throughout the year
Sick Leave/Personal Days: Five sick and/or personal days (one day = seven hours)
will be paid per school year. (In the event of serious injury or prolonged illness,
Director(s) will work to create a suitable plan.)
Date Available: Until filled

Required Qualifications:
● 9-12 Montessori certificate (already completed preferred–nearing completion
acceptable within reasonable timeframe if applicant has significant
experience)
● High School Diploma or GED (Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred)
● Experience working with 9-12 year-olds in an educational setting (previous
Montessori experience strongly preferred)
● Knowledge of Maria Montessori’s philosophies and approach to education
● Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written forms
● Sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds, including various learning
challenges
Prior to appointment, the successful candidate must pass a criminal history
background check.
● In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of
authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
● Warm, nurturing, positive, peaceful, patient, and joyful nature
● Creativity and ability to be flexible and adapt to accommodate needs of
school, staff, and students
● Willingness to accept guidance from Director(s)
● Desire and dedication to continue learning and growing (when possible, JSM
will supply the means to travel for observations or to attend conferences and
professional development)
● Outstanding personal conduct and professionalism

Preferred Qualifications:
● Bilingual in Spanish/English
● AMI Certificate
● Recent CPR/First Aid training
● Expertise in any area(s) relevant to education: science, mathematics,
technology, engineering, history, geography, art, music, dance, drama, writing,
culture, life abroad, business, travel, healthcare/animal caretaking, sports,
outdoor pursuits, cooking, sewing, food preservation, etc.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities
● Prepare the classroom in accordance with Montessori standards, and
maintain quality environment which is beautiful, safe, and developmentally
appropriate for students
● Compile, display, and maintain necessary materials upholding Montessori
philosophy (by means of alerting Director(s) to needs for the school to
purchase, bringing teacher-made works, and/or supplying receipts for
approved purchases)
● Guide classroom according to Montessori pedagogy, as per your training and
experience (JSM discourages worksheets and adult-driven curricula. When in
doubt, we encourage guides to default to Maria Montessori’s original
teachings.)
○ Prepare and implement daily/weekly small-group or individual lessons
according to various needs and sensitive periods of students
○ Conduct whole-class lessons where appropriate, according to your
training and experience
Facilitate a classroom reflective of Grace and Courtesy through lessons and
personal conduct
● Assist students in resolving conflict and problem-solving in gentle and
Montessori-approved means. JSM also requires staff to learn and implement
Love and Logic techniques for managing the classroom and communicating
with parents/guardians. Training and resources are provided by Joyful
Scholars.
● Ensure proper supervision of all children at all times, and be aware of
standard safety procedures, as well as severe allergies or any specific
health/safety needs of individual students
○ Refrain from use of personal cell phone/device while on duty with
children, with the exception of communication with Director(s) and
parents/guardians, if necessary
● Provide a setting in which children feel safe to express independence,
creativity, and feelings appropriately
● Administer basic first-aid when necessary
● Maintain records of classroom activity and student progress–candidate may
select his/her favorite method of record-keeping, with approval of Director(s).
This will include attendance, lessons given and mastered, observation notes,
and record of parent communication.
● Build and maintain positive relationship with parents/guardians
● Communicate with parents as per school guidelines (see handbook) in a
constructive and positive manner
○ Prepare for and conduct formal communications with parents
regarding individual student progress according to school guidelines
(generally two scheduled parent meetings annually)
○ Hold strategy meetings deemed necessary by Guide and/or Director(s)
● Supervise and guide classroom assistant–establish a harmonious, supportive
relationship, clearly expressing your expectations, preferred procedures, and
constructive guidance when necessary
○ Establish agreeable schedule for cleaning, routine meetings, etc. at
your discretion
○ Report any concerns to Director(s)
● Schedule, organize, and implement field trips when appropriate (6-10 times
per year is appropriate)
● Collaborate with Wenatchee campus Upper Elementary Lead Guide to ensure
cohesive school environment
○ Share resources, ideas, and/or advice when appropriate
Communicate with Director(s) regarding any needs of the classroom, staff, or
students that requires modification of the program
○ Collaborate with Director(s) to meet in person or via
telephone/email/texting to address any specific issues that arise
● Contribute to the JSM school community
○ Attend school and parent functions where possible, serving as a role
model for assistants
○ Participate in scheduled staff meetings once per session
● Guide may choose to meet with prospective new families, and may choose to
assess prospective students for placement and fit within classroom
● Guide may elect to teach summer camps and/or provide respite care (for
additional compensation)

To apply: Send resume and letter of interest (please include at least three
professional references):
Joyful Scholars Montessori
Attn: Director Cara
249 N Mission
Wenatchee WA 98801

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About Joyful Scholars Montessori

Joyful Scholars Montessori is a small private school serving infant/toddler through 12th grade.