Lead 3-6 Teacher

Montessori Community School of Rhode Island
June 25, 2020
Job Type
Street Address
73 Stanwood Street


Job Description:  Lead Primary (3-5) Teacher

Hours: M-F 8am-4pm


Mission: Montessori Community School of Rhode Island is a socio-economically diverse community school that inspires children to cultivate confidence, inner discipline, a love of learning, and a spirit of connectedness. MCS RI is the only Montessori school in RI that is committed to access for all families regardless of financial status. We are a family friendly, community oriented school, with an arts, science, and nature based curriculum. We are located on the South Side of Providence in our  recently renovated beautifully designed schoolhouse. 


The Role: MCS RI is seeking a Lead Preschool Teacher who is committed to educating the whole child, professional development, and reflective teaching practices. The preschool classroom is mixed age with 3-5 year olds, many of whom will have moved up from our nurturing Montessori toddler program. The Lead Montessori Teacher will guide a small (9) group of children in 2020-21. The Lead Teacher’s primary role is to serve the positive development of each individual child and the classroom community as a whole. The Lead teacher demonstrates excellent classroom management skills, the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships, the creativity to build an enriching curriculum,  and brings their own interests to the classroom to enhance our diverse school community. The Lead Teacher is expected to create a beautiful and welcoming environment for the children to explore and learn at their own pace.  COVID contingency/Distance learning expectation- Should MCS RI be forced to close the school building due to Covid19, MCS RI intends to remain open and will provide virtual learning opportunities. The Lead teacher will be expected to implement distance learning plans in accordance with school wide plans.



  • Prepare and maintain a developmentally appropriate environment
  • Create and maintain a daily routine and structure in the classroom so children can be successful
  • Develop creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum on an ongoing basis
  • Develop distance learning/teaching plans on an ongoing basis and as needed
  • Comply with all Covid-related policies and procedures as detailed in the Covid Reopening Plan and updates per DHS and CDC
  • Give daily lessons to individual children and/or groups
  • Develop positive relationships with children and families
  • Collaborate with school community in order to implement and embed anti-bias, anti-racist, and culturally responsive practices into the classroom culture and curriculum
  • Engage in ongoing forms of communication with families regarding their child’s social, emotional and academic learning
  • Create and implement a system for ongoing communication with families
  • Set and model a joyful and peaceful tone that encourages positive relationship development and a positive learning environment
  • Implement social and emotional learning activities into the curriculum
  • Collaborate with Head of School regarding any academic, social, emotional needs/concerns
  • Follow school policies and procedures in order to create consistency, learning and safety for all
  • Implement culturally responsive curriculum and making materials to support this learning for children and families. 
  • Develop a system for note taking and progress monitoring
  • Complete all required paperwork, including conference reports, on a timely basis
  • Communicate with families about volunteering opportunities
  • Create opportunities for families to share their gifts and talents with the classroom community
  • Lead the teaching team and delegate as appropriate to assistant teachers, subs, and/or interns
  • Offer educational opportunities for families to get involved and learn about Montessori education and/or emergent themes in the classroom
  • Implement RI Early Learning Standards in connection with Montessori pedagogy
  • Engage in ongoing professional development
  • Communicate daily with Head of School and complete necessary reports regarding any accidents, injuries, or illnesses
  • Meet bi-weekly with Head of School to report progress and troubleshoot any challenges
  • Maintain confidentiality of all students and families 
  • Comply with and carry out policies and and procedures in the MCS RI handbook
  • Attend staff meeting one time a week, and other school events outside of school time as needed 
  • Maintain a neat and orderly room
  • Clean and sanitize all materials used according to cleaning schedule
  • Participate in whole school cleaning responsibilities when necessary
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Lead Teacher must have 3-6 Montessori training from an accredited AMS or AMI training center
  • At least 3  years experience as a Lead Teacher 
  • RIELDS Training and certification, and at least 24 credits in Early Childhood education
  • BA required, MA preferred in related field: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Social Work, Special Education, Child Development
  • Responsive Classroom, Open Circle, or RIE training a plus, but not required
  • Spanish Language Fluency a plus, but not required
  • BCI and fingerprinting/CPR/First Aid training
  • Exhibit excellent classroom management skills 
  • Demonstrate confident leadership in the classroom and with families
  • Possess knowledge about early childhood social/emotional development
  • Show a dedication to social justice and culturally responsive teaching practice
  • Demonstrate creative and collaborative problem solving and critical thinking
  • Ability to bring a diverse set of interests to the school community
  • Exhibit a kind and firm approach with children
  • Present a joyful professional demeanor with all community members
  • Show a commitment to the MCS RI mission, social justice, and education reform  
  • Interest in art and nature and the integration of the two
  • Demonstrate responsibility to oneself and the team: self-motivated, self-directed, and able to manage time effectively
  • Dedicated to serving the spirit of the whole child: cognitive, emotional, social, and physical
  • Dedicated to self-reflective practice: in service of the self, the child and family, with a larger vision of creating positive relationships and a more peaceful and just world 


MCS RI desires to have a diverse pool of applicants in order to reflect our diverse community.  We aspire to a culture where each individual’s voice is heard and has the opportunity to thrive. 


Montessori Community School of RI is a 501c3, nonprofit corporation, whose policies are set and overseen by an elected Board of Directors. It is the policy of the school not to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, race, color and national or ethnic origin in its educational programs, admission policies, financial aid process and other school administered programs, nor does the school discriminate on the basis of gender in its programs and activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Head of School.




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