Status: Full time/Exempt
Classification: Faculty
Supervisor: Director of Lower School
Location: In-person instruction at the Lead Mine Campus

The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) seeks an Upper Elementary Lead Teacher for the 2022/2023 school year.  Under the general direction of the Director of the Lower School, the ideal candidate will lead an Upper Elementary classroom and will oversee students 9-12 years of age. The Upper Elementary Lead Teacher will challenge each child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education or a related field
Montessori Elementary (6 – 12 or 9 – 12) Credentials (AMS or AMI)
Minimum five years teaching experience at the Upper Elementary level
Committed to the mission and core values of MSR, which include “respect, integrity, community, and love of learning”
Develops and maintains positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents, and other members of the MSR community
Flexible team player with a “can-do” attitude
Ability to work independently and collaborate in teams with a wide range of individuals
Committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
Student-centered, collegial, passionate, innovative
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Adhere to AMS guidelines and professional standards
Prepare and maintain a Montessori environment in which the furnishing and materials are developmentally appropriate and provide academic purpose
Deliver established Montessori scope and sequence
Ensure the safety and well-being of students in the classroom
Collaborate and participate within a divisional team and with interdisciplinary teachers
Maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with administration and colleagues to assist with curriculum development and implementation within the context of the School’s overall program, mission, and core values
Partner with Student Support Services to ensure student success and developmental readiness
Participate in ongoing professional development
Attend all required faculty and team meetings
Maintain a strong home/school partnership by ensuring consistent, respectful and open lines of communication with parents
Be available to parents through written communication, setting up conferences, and educating parents in Montessori philosophy
Maintain student record keeping, lesson planning, parent reports, and parent conferences
Participate and help lead Parent Education evening events
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The Upper Elementary Lead Teacher can expect to:

Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
Work primarily in a climate-controlled classroom environment, with periods of time outdoors
Supervise groups of students and regularly engage with parents, staff, and visitors
Occasionally life up to 30 lbs.
Turn, bend, and reach
It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference check from current employer (or most recent employer if not currently employed) and background investigation. All MSR personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

To apply
MSR is accredited by AMS. The school offers competitive salary and benefits. Please send a cover letter and resume to recruitment@msr.org with the subject line, “Upper Elementary Lead Teacher – [your last name].” No phone calls, please.

About the Montessori School of Raleigh
Established in 1974, The Montessori School of Raleigh is a vibrant and exceptional, independent Montessori school serving 360 students aged 15 months through 18 years. MSR’s beautifully designed and well-maintained Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice.

The Raleigh-Durham area is consistently ranked among the top places to live with strong job growth and a high quality of life. Top universities, a rich diversity of arts and cultural offerings, excellent health care, and lower than average housing costs, draw people in from all over the nation. Our mild climate and proximity to both beaches and mountains makes the Raleigh- Durham area an ideal place to live.