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Montessori Primary Assistant Guide (Ages 2.5-6)

  • Acton Academy of Washington, DC
  • 06/14/19
  • Washington, DC
  • 20037
  • Competitive salary/benefits/bonus / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Acton Academy of Washington, DC ( is seeking a full-time Montessori primary assistant/apprentice guide to become an integral part of our dynamic team of Montessorians, entrepreneurs, and innovators working together to create a joyful learning environment for children.

This could be the perfect position for you if are considering doing Montessori training and would like to get experience in the classroom first.

What is Acton Academy?

Acton Academy of Washington, DC is a new Montessori preschool and innovative elementary school that guides each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

We are located in a fully renovated, historic row house on K Street in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC, within walking distance of many historic and cultural sites in the heart of the nations capital. We offer an authentic Montessori primary program (ages 2.5-6) and an innovative Montessori-based elementary program (grades 1 to 6). Acton is an all-day program (8am-6pm) with an optional five-week summer session for those families who need an extended year option.

Acton Academy of Washington, DC is an independent affiliate of the Acton Academy network of schools, a celebrated network of learner-driven micro-schools and the fastest growing independent school network in the world.

Acton Academy of Washington, DC is growing quickly, and this is an opportunity to join our founding team of passionate and hardworking Montessorians, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Position Description

In collaboration with the Montessori primary guide team, you will help run an all-day primary classroom in a historic, home-like setting. You will guide approximately 20 children, delivering an exceptional all-day program that supports the individual needs of the children in accordance with Maria Montessori's philosophy and vision. Consistent with that vision, you will observe, track, and evaluate individual childrens progress; help maintain the Montessori environment; guide children during outdoor play, lunch, and other activities (such as arts and crafts, baking, etc.).


We are looking for someone with a deep curiosity about life, a lifelong love of learning, and an entrepreneurial spirit (must thrive in a startup environment). She/he will be responsible for facilitating a nurturing and joyful studio culture. We seek someone who has:

AMI, AMS or MACTE Montessori assistant training (preferred).
Experience working with children (ages 2.5-6 preferred).
A passion for the Montessori philosophy and the discipline to embody Montessori values at all times.
An entrepreneurial mindset and desire to work hard, solve problems, and improve on everything she/he does.
A deep love and respect for all children and empathy for the challenges children face in their lives.
A commitment to practicing gentle, compassionate limit setting.
A strong teamwork ethic, a genuine desire to collaborate with colleagues, and a commitment to professionalism.
A willingness to be coached and mentored.
A willingness to work in an 11-month program (with time off for holidays; winter, spring, and summer breaks; etc.).

Acton offers a competitive salary and benefits, plus a bonus structure based on performance. The position also offers opportunities for professional development, growth, and advancement.

Next Steps

Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, how the position is part of your own journey, and how you heard about this opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We would love to find someone who could join our team in time to participate in our summer session, June 17 to July 19, 2019.

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