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Upper Elementary Guide (SY 24-25)

School Year: 2024-2025

Position Description : Upper Elementary Guide
Department: Academic
Reports to: PRINCIPAL
Year: SY 2024-2025

Compensation: SSMA Salary Schedule


Position Summary:

We are seeking an AMS, AMI or MACTE certified and experienced Lead Guide(s) at the Upper Elementary level to join our dynamic and expanding staff for SY 2024-2025. If you possess a sincere commitment to building and directing a quality Montessori environment, offering support and guidance to parents, and collaborating with experienced colleagues, please consider joining the Shining Stars Montessori school community.  The right candidate should possess maturity, dedication, high integrity, good judgment, ability to self-reflect as a member of the teaching staff, and the courage to grow as a teacher leader.  We seek individuals with a clear understanding of Montessori ideals, deep knowledge of the development of children, classroom management and communication skills that nurture self-discipline, order, and confidence in young students.  We can offer you a rewarding experience in a growing and diverse Montessori school in the nation’s capital.


Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS is American Montessori Society and Middle States Association/Council on Elementary and Secondary School accredited. This is a full time and benefited  job position. Hours are typically Monday - Friday   from 7:45am -4:30pm, with some weekend and evening activities 

Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

  • Understand and promote the Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS vision, mission, and goals to students, parents, and community
  • Develop and administer an authentic Montessori Upper Elementary curriculum and assessments consistent with the Montessori Method and aligned with the 

Montessori Learning Standards and District of Columbia  Common Core State Standards

  • Work with a Co-Guide to present Montessori lessons, plan ‘going out’ expeditions for students
  • Attend Montessori Model UN with Upper Elementary students and plan 6th grade end of school year Study Trip
  • Conduct ongoing observations assessments of student learning, and modify instructional methods to fit individual student needs, including for students with special needs and/or English Language Learners
  • Lead individual and small group instruction as needed
  • Work with the community of students, teachers, parents and administrators, in articulating and maintaining the integrity and scope of the Montessori Method
  • Develop and prepare the Montessori classroom environment, materials, and lessons to meet the students’ needs and interests.
  • Present consistent individual and group lessons to the students and supporting each child’s socio-emotional and academic progress and learning success
  • Record observations of student work on a daily basis to check for student understanding, progress and achievement. 
  • Manage and document student attendance on a daily basis.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development , recommended conferences, training programs, SSMA in-service and/or PD workshops, courses, and other areas of professional growth.
  • Participate in SSMA Back to School, Open House, Montessori Saturday Academy, Curriculum Day, Peace Assemblies  and other special/extracurricular activities and programs as requested.
  • Administer standardized tests in accordance with District of Columbia and Public Charter School Board assessment requirements
  • Instruct students in the principles of Grace and Courtesy
  • Develop and sustain positive relationships with parents, children and families
  • Attend all school staff meetings, and other meetings as required
  • Check/examine shared areas such as bathroom, playground, for health and safety hazards

Required Competencies & Qualifications:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • A passion for growing independent, confident and intellectually curious children;
  • Ability to provide services to all children and families with respect and dignity
  • Ability to understand and willingness to work with a range of learning styles is required
  • Excellent listening and communications skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • A love of children and a  sense of humor

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Education, Elementary Education or a related discipline is required; Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • AMS,AMI, diploma  in Elementary  Education or from  from a MACTE recognized or affiliate - Teacher Education Program required.
  • Advanced degrees, or  multiple credentials (e.g., Special Education, Reading, ESOL, Music, Art, etc.)
  • Praxis II certification and passing scores preferred
  • Understanding of Montessori Learning standards and alignment to Common Core Standards
  • Prior experience in a Montessori) classroom environment preferred.
  • Prior experience working in a diverse student and adult community
  • Spanish, Amharic, or French language fluency is a plus
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • A love of children and a sense of humor

Compensation: Salary for this position is competitive. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.



Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.