Montessori Trained Elementary Teacher - Near North Montessori School in Chicago

Friday, March 08, 2024 10:31 AM | Anonymous

Company Description

We are an independent, Montessori school in Chicago serving 560+ students and their families, starting at a parent-infant class and up to 8th grade. We are a community of shared values working to fulfill a meaningful mission. NNM faculty, staff and parents strive for an equitable and inclusive school culture through intentional, reflective practice. We work together to challenge all students to think for themselves, pursue their ideas and become real learners for the real world.

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Job Description

We are seeking a Montessori-trained, Elementary Lead Guide, to join our team here at Near North Montessori!

The Near North Montessori (NNM) Teacher / Guide provides for instruction of students by developing, selecting, and modifying instructional plans and materials and presenting them using instructional techniques which meet the needs of all students. The Teacher / Guide provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of students. This position monitors and evaluates student performance, develops and implements plans to improve student performance, and maintains required records and follows required procedures and practices.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Friday, with shifts falling between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm during the school year, with adjustments or additional time as needed. This role may also include required daytime & overnight field trip participation. This is a school year role, starting in August and ending in mid June each year. There will be an opportunity to work summer camps if desired. We are searching for someone to start in August 2024 for our 2024/25 school year!

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Guide the daily instruction of the curriculum appropriate to the elementary level of the classroom based on Montessori training and school policies and practices
  • Guide, observe, evaluate, and track the progress of students throughout the school year and over the 3-year cycle
  • Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling or drawing attention to established values, rules and the school's portrait of a graduate
  • Remain in contact with the whole class and sense changing mood or activity, responding appropriately
  • Integrate cultural competency into lessons across the curriculum, model anti-racist and anti-biased practices and values
  • Conference with individual children about their work
  • Prepare and maintain a classroom environment that inspires learning, exploration, observation and discovery
  • Provide physical and emotional safety and support of all students nurturing and guiding their social emotional learning
  • Plan and attend level and class field trips and camp, including an week-long overnight camp trip each year
  • Demonstrate short and long term planning and preparation for instruction
  • Present and speak at events including parent education, performances, presentations and other scheduled events throughout the year
  • Complete student paperwork and records efficiently as required
  • Create strong, positive student and parent partnerships by establishing good communication practices; provide meaningful input, observations and feedback on student progress and development
  • Provide support and guidance to other faculty and staff supporting students including learning resource specialists, Spanish, PE, and more
  • Work with and regularly communicate with the Coach regarding progress of students, concerns, and needs; include Coach in meetings when necessary
  • Manage and support the assistants, interns, and other support staff assigned to the class providing regular performance feedback and completing evaluations
  • Engage in professional development in order to improve knowledge, skills and overall impact in the classroom with students
  • Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, punctuality, and grace and courtesy
  • Promote an enthusiasm for and understanding of NNM mission, vision and values with students and in partnership with parents
  • Work as a part of the elementary level, faculty, and school community, regularly attending and constructively contributing to meetings, events and other school activities
  • Be present in the classroom and available to students when class is in session
  • Report to the proper authority any pertinent information on the happenings of the day
  • Use equipment and supplies safely and conscientiously, keeping the physical environment clean and orderly
  • Provide a safe and secure environment. Be familiar with emergency procedures
  • Carry out all specific procedures and responsibilities as outlined by the NNM Staff Handbook and the lead teacher
  • Acquire professional training in the educational field by attending educational conferences, training workshops and other related activities
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution in Education, Middle or High School teaching or a related discipline; Montessori training and certification at the primary level, required
  • Prior experience as a Guide in a Montessori classroom
  • Montessori Certification from an accredited program in Secondary/ Adolescent is strongly preferred, or willing to pursue certification within the timeframe required
  • Successfully complete CPR and First Aid course
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, verbal and written, with children and adults
  • Advanced understanding of a child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias, anti-racist practices: able to work with and teach groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways
  • Team-focused, growth-minded, flexible attitude with commitment to participating in and contributing to a positive faculty culture and workplace
  • Demonstrated proficiency in working with current educational and related technologies

Additional Information

Full-time employment to start in August of 2024; however, we'd like to have this position filled by April of 2024.

  • Pay Information: Eligible for an exempt salary, starting at $52,500 per year.
  • Benefits Information:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision packages available for both you and your dependents. HSA (health savings account) available as a tie-in to one level of medical plan.
    • Both individual and dependent FSA (flexible spending accounts) available.
    • Fully-funded short term disability and individual life insurance available, with option to upgrade to long term disability and group life insurance for an additional cost.
    • Robust paid time off policy that includes at least 10 paid days off per school year.
    • Paid school holidays can add up to 25 extra paid days off per year.
    • 403b retirement planning available, with a company match of 100% up to 6%.
    • Access to an EAP (employee assistance program) that provides up to 6 free consultations per year on a variety of life concerns.
    • Suite of voluntary benefits available, such as pre-tax transit deductions, pet insurance, accident & critical illness insurance, and more.

Please contact Kathryn Iannone at with applications/inquiries.