Job Opening for 2024-25

Lead Montessori Upper Elementary and Middle School Teacher in Salem, Virginia, US

Job description:
Lead Montessori Upper Elementary and Middle School Teacher

Salem Montessori School, Salem, Virginia, Seeks Lead Montessori Elementary/Middle School Teacher

Do you have a heart for fostering a love of learning in children and are passionate about the Montessori Method? Salem Montessori School, a successful and established infant through middle school in Salem, Virginia, is seeking a qualified and dedicated Lead Elementary/Middle School Teacher to join our vibrant community. In this position, you will play a pivotal role in nurturing our students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth in a carefully prepared Montessori environment.

What You’ll Do:

Planning, Preparation, and Instruction:
Develop and implement instruction aligned with Montessori philosophy and Salem Montessori School curriculum.
Utilize Montessori materials and guidelines to deliver engaging lessons tailored to individual and small group needs.
Foster cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual growth through varied activities and experiences.
Maintain accurate records of student progress and lesson plans.

Classroom Environment/Management:
Create a warm, accepting, and orderly classroom environment conducive to learning and independence.
Model Montessori principles of grace and courtesy, cooperation, and responsibility.
Ensure cleanliness and organization of classroom and materials, adhering to safety standards.
Coordinate daily maintenance tasks and supply replenishment.

Effectively communicate school mission, policies, and expectations to staff, parents, and students.
Conduct parent conferences and provide regular updates on student progress.
Collaborate with the administration team on parent correspondence and school initiatives.
Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information and issues.

Mentor and support assistant teachers and staff in classroom management and curriculum delivery.
Collaborate with colleagues to share responsibilities and provide constructive feedback.
Attend staff meetings and engage in professional development activities.

Professional Responsibilities:
Engage in ongoing self-assessment and professional growth.
Participate in evaluation processes and set professional goals.
Attend relevant professional development opportunities.

Related Duties:
Adhere to school policies, procedures, and regulations.
Maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
Participate in school events and meetings as required.
Fulfill other duties as assigned by school leadership.
Serve as the main point of contact for Head of School and School Directress for all Elementary and Middle school curriculum, personnel, curriculum, and support.

What We’re Looking For:
Strong understanding of child development and Montessori philosophy.
Excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to create a positive and nurturing classroom environment.
Patience, enthusiasm, and a genuine love for children.
Ability to work independently and collaborate within a team.
Physical stamina to meet classroom demands (including but not limited to repetitive bending, stretching, lifting up to 40 lbs, etc.).
A reliable, mature, and patient individual with a friendly attitude.

We Offer:
Competitive salary and benefits package including;
Health, optical, and dental insurance
401K plan
Tuition discounts
PTO, including paid closure days and paid professional days
Opportunity to make a positive impact on young lives.
Supportive and collaborative work environment.
Professional development opportunities and funding

Required Qualifications:
A valid Montessori teaching credential or certification from MACTE accredited institutions
Five years of experience working with elementary or middle school-aged students in a Montessori setting
Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field (preference in education)
Proficient in developmentally appropriate practices for Montessori elementary and middle school education

Interested candidates should apply through the following link:

Complete application includes:
A cover letter addressed to the Head of School, Mike King, and School Directress, Valerie Vanderhoeven
Current resume
Write a letter expressing your interest in this position and the Montessori method of education.
Three professional references (name, nature of relationship, email, and phone number)

Minimum Starting Salary: $40,000 for Academic School Year (10 months)

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 29, 2024, and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you are passionate about Montessori education and dedicated to nurturing the growth of young minds, we invite you to join our team at Salem Montessori School in continuing its legacy of excellence while fostering innovation and growth within the Montessori community. Learn more about Salem Montessori at

Salem Montessori School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status.

Special qualifications:

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This service is provided as a courtesy by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
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