Bilingual Elementary Lead Guide (SY24-25)





ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd grade) 

UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th- 6th grade)

School Year:  2024-2025


Job Opportunity:             Bilingual Elementary Lower, Upper Elementary Guide  

Department:                      Academic

Reports To:                        Principal & Dual Immersion Coordinator

Location:                           Washington, DC

Start Date:                         August 2024

Salary: SSMA Salary Scale



About Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.

Position Summary:

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS (SSMA) is seeking a native-Spanish-speaking and/or bilingual (English/Spanish)  Lower Elementary  Guides/Teachers  to join our dynamic and expanding staff for SY 2023-24. The applicant must be an AMS, and/or AMI , MACTE approved trained Primary Lead Guide OR available to attend training..

We  are also seeking a fluent Spanish-speaking Associate Guide/Teacher for the same classroom. 

The Guide and Associate selected will be working in a Spanish immersion classroom and will be expected to use Spanish at all times with the students, some of whom may be native Spanish speakers, and others who  may be English-only speakers.

Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

  • Understand and promote SSMA’s vision, mission, and goals to students, parents, and community
  • Develop and implement authentic Montessori Upper Elementary Curriculum and assessments consistent with the Montessori Method and aligned with the District’s Common Core State Standards
  • Conduct ongoing assessments and ensure that when following the child, modify instructional guidance to fit individual student needs, including for students with special needs and/or English Language Learners
  • Conduct 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  support each child’s socio-emotional and academic progress and learning success
  • Manage and document student learning for accurate and complete record keeping and reporting for all student activities, including attendance, teacher observations, student progress, and outcomes as required by SSMA, District of Columbia and Public Charter School Board procedures and applicable laws
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and in recommended conferences, training programs, SSMA in-service and/or PD workshops, courses, and other areas of professional growth
  • Participate in SSMA Open House, Montessori Saturday Academy, Field Day,  and other special/extracurricular activities and programs as requested
  • Participate in reflective Montessori practice in conjunction with the SSMA Montessori Principal
  • Administer standardized assessments and Montessori ‘observations’  in accordance with DC Public Charter School Board and OSSE requirements 
  • Instruct students in the Montessori 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:

  • Requirements: • Excellent level of native Spanish.  • Excellent level of English for situations where necessary (although classes will be taught in Spanish).  • Experience in teaching children (minimum 2 years) Maintain confidentiality
  • Possess 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 
  • Excellent listening and communications skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • A sense of humor

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in Spanish, Early Childhood or Elementary Education required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • AMS or AMI certification/Diploma in Primary (EC)  or Elementary Education (Lower Elementary ) from a MACTE recognized or affiliate program preferred but not required.
  • Prior Spanish teaching experience preferred
  • Prior experience in a Montessori classroom environment preferred
  • Praxis II certification and passing scores preferred 
  • Native Spanish language fluency preferred 
  • Advanced degrees or multiple credentials (e.g., Special Education, ESOL, Music, Art, etc.) preferred 
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • A love of/for  children 


Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Refer to SSMA Salary Scale based on qualification



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.




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 our diverse  Shining Stars Montessori learning community.  

The candidate should possess maturity, dedication, high integrity, good judgment, ability to self-reflect as a member of the teaching staff-team, and the courage to grow as an educational leader.  We seek individuals with a clear understanding of Montessori ideals, deep knowledge of the development of children, and the classroom management and communication skills that nurture self-discipline, order, and confidence in young students.  Shining Stars offers a rewarding experience in a growing and diverse Montessori school in the nation’s capital.


Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS is a fully accredited  American Montessori Society and Middle States Association Council on Elementary and Secondary School school. SSMA is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Montessori Administrators Association and hosts a chapter of the National Association of Elementary School Principals/National Elementary Honorary Society for students in grades three through six.