Job Opportunity:              SSMA Montessori Resident Teaching  Fellow

Department:                      Academic

Reports To:                        Principal

Location:                            Washington, DC

Start Date:                         August 2021


About Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.

Program Summary
The first step in creating a truly great classroom environment is finding a strong teacher to lead it. Bring your passion for ‘greenhousing’ and and supporting our youth at  Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public School
Selected applicants will spend the summer training with AMS , AMI , IMC and/or a MACTE approved teacher training program  and a year in the classroom at SSMA —  working on certification as a Montessori Guide.  Your tuition will be paid in full by Shining Stars Montessori Academy. Upon completion of your training program, you will have the opportunity to continue to work with a Montessori trainer and become a Montessori Co- Guide/Teaching Fellow  in one of our Primary or Elementary (Lower or Upper)  classrooms.

During this training period, you will be working alongside a certified Montessori teacher in our multi aged and multi- graded classrooms:

Grade Level(s):  PreK3-PreK4, Kindergarten, 1-3  and/or 4-6

Time Frame:

Training Program begins in June 2021 ( or as is determined by the Teacher Education Program).
About Us: Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS (SSMA) is a fully accredited Montessori public charter school. Additionally, SSMA is also accredited by the Middle States Association/Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools(MSA/CES.   Located in Washington, DC, we  are committed to our mission of  “challenging each child to achieve…” and we pride ourselves on our students’ ability to achieve high results in their  middle schools, based on the foundations gained in grades PreK 3 -6  at SSMA.
In our school you will find smiling faces, and opportunity. While working at SSMA  you  will make a difference in the lives of our over 300+ students. You will gain invaluable experience and have fun along the way.  In this position, a cohesive leadership team of directors , staff and consultants  will be there to support you every step of the way. Along with our result-driven Montessori curriculum and commitment to educating the whole child – academically, morally, and socially – you and your students will be set up for success.

Required Competencies & Qualifications:

Experience helping students achieve academic , developmental, social/emotional goals
Proven ability to work as a member of a diverse team of educators
Willingness to support and ‘grow’ students with exceptional needs in the inquiry-based Montessori environment and learning model
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent written and communication, and problem solving skills
Ability to write reports, correspondence, and classroom newsletters for parents
Demonstrate the capacity for independent work, flexibility
Ability to provide services to all children and families with respect and dignity
Ability to understand and willingness to work with a range of learning styles
Commitment to upholding the school’s mission, and confidentiality of students and parents

Minimum Education Qualifications: 

Must minimally possess  a Bachelor’s Degree in ECE, Elementary Education and/or or related discipline and/or hold a valid teacher license in the subject and/or grade level for which you are applying

Minimum Experience (number of years), Knowledge and/or Abilities:

Candidates must possess a love of children and a sense of humor -definitely required
Candidates with 1-3 prior years experience working with diverse student populations – preferred
Candidates with 1-3 years  prior experience working in a private, public or public charter Montessori preferred but not required .
Experience working with diverse student populations – preferred.
Candidates who enjoy working in a diverse environment and who are themselves bilingual are encouraged to apply.
Candidates with an appreciation for Montessori principles and philosophy are encouraged to apply.
Working knowledge of Google Docs suite of applications and virtual learning  and videoconferencing platforms such as Google Classroom, Zoom, Seesaw, Canvas etc.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
CPR and First Aid License preferred but not required.at employment

Required Documents

Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Teaching License

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume, in one document, to careers@shiningstarspcs.org and include the position title (i.e., Montessori Teaching Fellow)  in the subject line.THEN
Go to the Careers page at http://www.shining starspcs.org to complete the employment application.


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included while in training..

Working Conditions: 

The working environment characteristics described represent those an employee encounters while performing the essentials functions of this job. The position involves sitting, bending, standing, push and reach with both hands/ arms as necessary, and may require some lifting up to 40lbs. In addition, routinely uses standard office equipment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this position.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with this position.  Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

About Shining Stars Montessori Academy

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.