Lead Guide Elementary Studio

Headwaters Acton
March 7, 2023
Job Type
$32,000 to $38,000/year
Education Requirements
Montessori qualification or experience.
Work Hours
8am to 4 pm, some evenings
Street Address


Do you want to change the world?

Do you crave working hard with a small, mission-driven, world-class team of entrepreneurs changing the vision of school?

Position: Elementary School Guide with quick potential for growth and leadership

Start Date: Part time immediately, full time August 2023

If your passion is to fuel the love of learning in others while advancing your own personal and professional growth, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of one of the world’s most innovative schools.

Headwaters Acton Academy is a new startup opening in the Fall of 2023. This is your opportunity to be a part of revolutionizing the landscape of education in Delaware! We are licensed by and operate under the standards as established by Acton Academy, described below.

Acton Academy, founded in 2009, is a private micro-school and learner-driven community with the mission that each person who enters its doors will find a calling and change the world. We combine elements of the Montessori method with Socratic guiding, hands-on experiential quests and interactive technology. Underlying our method is an application of the Hero’s Journey creating a lively learning environment that feels more like an adventure than school.

At Acton, we have mixed-aged classrooms called studios with a self-paced learning design as opposed to grade-levels. Our real world-oriented quests culminate in a public exhibition of learning as opposed to test scores and report cards. In all areas of Acton life, our students are empowered to be in the driver’s seat of their learning.


Minimum Qualifications

Montessori qualifications or experience is a plus
Pediatric First Aid/CPR or willingness to obtain certification upon hire
Must pass a background check


We are searching for a reliable, trustworthy, and innovative Montessori-Inspired guide to join the learner-driven revolution with us. The Lead Guide will work in our Elementary studio with our 6 to 11 year old learners. This position is for an independent learner who can work with little direct guidance; likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; and has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has God-given talents and a genius within. The guide will possess an understanding of the Hero’s Journey and a desire to put the Socratic Method into practice.

Our Guide will learn to lead Socratic discussions under Socratic Master Jeff Sandefer and will learn how to work with the Acton Academy learning design, processes and systems.

Our Guide will equip our Eagles to explore and take ownership of their learning, monitor progress on Montessori curriculum, and create life-oriented projects that nurture curiosity.


Preferred experience and skills:

Experience managing mixed aged groups of children
Experience planning and implementing games or projects
Coaching or mentoring experience a plus
A passion for disruptive education opportunities
Deeply curious and ready to learn and work hard
Agile with online learning
Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
Entrepreneurial thinker
Deep heart for children and a trust and respect for their ability to learn and grow without heavy adult intervention
Kind-hearted and tough-minded
Independent worker
Calm demeanor and secure in being on a Hero’s Journey.
A background in ministry or working with youth groups is a plus. We are a
Christian-based school and are built and founded upon Christian principles. We believe that virtues and strong character development should be central to the learning environment.

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