The Lead Guide is a direct resource for the children. Each Lead Guide is responsible for preparing an optimal environment for a group of children while assisting the unique development of each individual child. The Lead Guide is also the primary link between the school and the family. The Lead Guide will support children in activities designed to promote social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth following the philosophies of Maria Montessori.
A college degree, (AA or higher) in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or equivalent (60 college credits with 30 hours in ECE).
An Early Childhood Montessori Certificate from either AMS or AMI.
Two or more years of experience teaching young children.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Adhere to company and safety policies & procedures, including licensing & educational requirements.
• Maintain appropriate records and reports to satisfy licensing and school policies.
• Effectively train, supervise and utilize assistant, aide, and volunteer staff working in the same environment.
• Work with this team to ensure that all materials and furnishings are kept to the highest standards of sanitation and repair.
• Fulfill all Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements per licensing each calendar year.
• Prepare and present Parent Education events.
• Conduct regular observations of individual children, and the group as a whole
• Conduct formal parent/teacher conferences.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with children, parents, and co-workers.
• Participate in planning and attend all open houses and school meetings and events.
• Extensive knowledge of Montessori philosophy and practice.
• Ability to develop rapport with children, parents, and co-workers.
• Effective interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
• Excellent time-management, organization, planning, and leadership skills
• Ability to apply Montessori practice to successfully engage children and foster physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development.
• Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and confidentiality