Job Opening for 2024-25

Lower Elementary Lead Guide in Austin, Texas, US

Parkside Community School is seeking an experienced and Montessori-trained Lower Elementary Lead Guide for the 2024-2025 school year.

Parkside is a private, progressive Montessori school founded in 1991 in Austin, Texas. We serve approximately 100 children ages 3-9 in five classrooms: three Primary and two Lower Elementary. Our mission is for each child to become an independent, self-reliant person, aware of the interrelated nature of all life, with the skills necessary to achieve their own goals and make a positive contribution to society. We embrace bits of a variety of educational methods in addition to the traditional Montessori curriculum in our efforts to provide quality academic education while nurturing the social and emotional development of the whole child. Our campus is located on 12 magical acres in South Austin where we can truly explore the natural world with the children, and music is at the heart of our school culture. We are a loving, inclusive family in which children and adults are treated with care, respect, and kindness – simple gifts that have profound, lasting effects.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team of dedicated educators and lead a Lower Elementary classroom for the 2024-2025 school year.

Our ideal candidate would have these qualifications:

Professional Attributes:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher, preferably with a concentration in Education
MACTE-accredited Montessori certification required, preferably AMI, AMS, or IMC
At least 3 years experience in a Lower Elementary Montessori classroom/ full 3-year cycle
Deep understanding of the full Elementary Montessori curriculum (Lower & Upper Elementary)
Experience in expanding the cosmic curriculum beyond your albums to create new lessons that ignite the children’s desire to learn
Experience and/or training in Primary Montessori to help attend to the youngest children
Special interest in literacy and developing strong reading skills
Ability to assess children both in academic curriculum and social development
Exquisite classroom management skills
Displays pride in and ownership of classroom and strives to create an inspiring and aesthetically pleasing learning environment
Exhibits mature oral and written communication skills and practices respectful conflict resolution with both children and adults
Recognizes the importance of and cultivates good working relationships with parents
Values engagement and creative collaboration with colleagues
Comfortable with technology for record-keeping and classroom communications, including experience with Transparent Classroom and Google products
Models punctuality, organization, and healthy emotional regulation

Personal Attributes:
Passion for working with this age group (6-9 years-old)
Commitment to personal and professional growth
Confident and willing to embrace a new school culture (we are a strong, inclusive community)
Devoted to Renaissance Thinkings (sees the importance of music, visual, and performing arts)
Respect for and at ease in the natural world
Exhibits humility, perseverance, and adaptability
A lifelong learner!

This is a full-time, salaried position, and salary is based on education and experience. All applicants are subject to a background check prior to being hired, and all employment relationships are at-will.

Parkside Community School is committed to fostering a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity and respect and has an equal opportunity to work, learn, and develop to their full potential in an atmosphere free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. To that end, Parkside is an equal opportunity employer, and we offer competitive compensation and a benefits package including paid leave, health and dental insurance, and staff development opportunities.

To Apply:
To learn more about our school, please visit our website:
If you are inspired to join our team, please send a resume and cover letter to

Thank you for your interest in Parkside Community School!

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