Montessori Lead Guide – Upper Elementary (gr. 4,5,6)

City Garden
May 24, 2021
Job Type
This position offers a salary ranging from $38,250.00 to $49,600.00 based on level of education and years of teaching experience
Education Requirements
Minimum, Bachelor's degree AND Montessori or Missouri State certified
Experience Requirements
Have at least three years experience in the classroom
Work Hours
School hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, August to May (10 month contract), up to 195 days per year, including but not limited to professional development, parent/teacher conferences, and preparatory work
Street Address
1618 Tower Grove Ave


City Garden Montessori School (City Garden) is the only Montessori charter school in Missouri, and we are one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state. Our team possesses passion and determination to implement the Montessori approach to educating children in a diverse, public school environment. City Garden is committed to being an anti-biased, anti-racist community and seeks others who are passionate about these values. We are committed to continuous learning and growth for adults in the community, to foster excellence for all City Garden children.

Located in St. Louis, City Garden is in its 13th year as a charter school, having received a second 10 Year Charter with the state of Missouri in 2017. We began in 2008 with 53 students; we will have 400 children in preschool through eighth grade when we begin our 2021-22 school year. As we grow, we continue to seek individuals to join us who share our vision for academic excellence for all children and holistic Montessori education, rooted in equity and social justice.

City Garden has attracted support from the Opportunity Trust, and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative has published a case study about City Garden’s innovative model.

City Garden is seeking an educator with a passion for academically rigorous, individualized, experiential education in a diverse public school setting to fulfill the position of Lead Upper Elementary Guide. The Lead Guide will be responsible for leading a multi-grade – 4th, 5th and 6th – classroom, and will work with an Assistant Guide.

We are seeking candidates who are outstanding, innovative teachers and are interested in growing with our unique model of education. An ideal candidate will have Montessori certification and Missouri state certification.

  • For those who have a state certification, but are lacking Montessori elementary certification, City Garden will sponsor the right candidate in obtaining that certification. Applicants must also be willing to commit to additional coursework/ study during summers and during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic sessions.
  • For those who have Montessori certification from AMI/AMS or other highly regarded Montessori certifying authority, but are lacking the foundation work necessary for Missouri certification in Elementary Education, City Garden will sponsor the right candidate in obtaining that certification.

The candidate must be committed to growing in a school environment that is committed to anti-bias/anti-racism values and practices with a vision to create a more equitable world through education. We are also seeking a candidate who is interested in making City Garden their vocational "home" for many years.

The full job description may be downloaded HERE.


Minimum Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree in Education, or a related discipline
● 2+ years classroom experience
● Certification in at least one of the following:
o Montessori Certification from AMI/AMS or other highly regarded
Montessori certifying authority
o Teaching Certification with Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education (DESE)

Preferred Qualifications

● 7+ years of teaching experience in a public school or urban setting
● Certification in both of the following:
o Montessori Certification from AMI/AMS or other highly regarded
Montessori certifying authority
o Teaching Certification with Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education (DESE)
● Equity and Anti-Biased/Anti-Racist training



● Developing lesson plans, independent learning exercises, curricula, and methods that cater to the needs of the individual child while they learn
● Implementing ABAR principles
● Using various assessment tools/strategies to help make instructional decisions for individual students (such as the Missouri Assessment Program, NWEA, observations, children’s work samples, continuums of development, portfolios, etc.)
● Creating and communicating weekly learning plans for all students
● Planning and coordinating classroom field trips supplies budget, and ensuring all resources are used in support of educating students and the school’s mission
● Completing report cards and progress reports
● Manage a classroom team of 1-2 adults, including coaching, supervision and participating in the evaluating the assistant guide’s performance
● Assisting in the development of and participates in school functions, including but not limited to Parent and Guardian Conferences, Open Houses, Transition Nights, Curriculum Nights, Parent Orientations and the Family Field Day
● Obtaining and maintaining certifications in Montessori and DESE as appropriate for the grade level and subject area.


• Be deeply committed to whole-child education, having proven success and outcomes in meeting children’s needs holistically
• Have a grounding in anti-bias education and antiracist values and principles, and is excited to be part of a school that is reimagining education through these lenses
• Be eager to engage deeply with students, teachers, staff and families as partners

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