Wild Fern Montessori School

Montessori Toddler Lead

Reference ID : 48305
Location : Richmond, VA
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



Wild Fern Montessori School is looking for a qualified Lead Toddler Guide for our toddler classroom of 15 students. This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced Toddler Teacher to work at a small nonprofit, with a tight-knit group of colleagues, and have your experience and voice valued while serving our community. WFMS exists, through our Sliding Scale Tuition Program and Montessori & Me Playgroup, to provide equitable access to a high-quality, authentic Montessori education and parent education. Our small, but mighty organization requires passion and an all-hands-on-deck approach to supporting our student and parent community.


Planning, Preparation, and Instruction

  • Plans and implements age-appropriate Montessori curriculum throughout the year.
  • Oversees the flow of the classroom.
  • Keeps a well-prepared and organized classroom with regular material and activities rotating throughout the year.
  • Meets regularly with assistants for planning weekly/monthly lessons, reviewing children, revitalizing/revising the classroom.
  • Maintains close communication with assistants and Head of School.
  • Sets up and cleans the classroom, at the beginning/end and throughout the school year.
  • Establishes and maintains a record-keeping system to track the children's progress in Brightwheel
  • Uses various assessment tools/strategies such as observations, children's work samples, continuums of development, portfolios, etc. to help make instructional decisions for individual students.
  • Maintains a safe, clean, caregiving environment, practices handwashing, and safe food handling procedures, and assures the well-being and safety of all of the children in that environment.
  • Orders classroom materials and supplies within the classroom budget.
  • Helps with daily activities including snack and lunch set up and clean up, dressing and undressing, toilet and diaper needs, nap time, music and art, practical life activities, sensorial work, cooking projects, and outdoor play.
  • Supports the Montessori and Me Toddler Playgroup program as needed.


  • Ensures respectful and open lines of communication with parents.
  • Attends and responds to parent concerns and questions in a timely manner.
  • Provide weekly newsletter updates for the classroom, highlighting the week's activities, upcoming events, and Montessori curriculum.
  • Conducts individual parent conferences twice a year to discuss each child's growth and development.
  • Helps educate parents in the Montessori philosophy and finds ways to involve parents in the program.
  • Facilitates a respectful environment for children and adults by advocating conflict resolution and Grace and Courtesy lessons.
  • Respects and protects the privacy of children, parents, and staff by following and adhering to the school Confidentiality Policy and Non-disclosure Agreement

Professional Responsibility

  • Participates in the ongoing evaluation including classroom observations, feedback meetings with Head of School and Executive Director, and an annual self-assessment.
  • Maintains teaching skills and participates in professional development activities (both within the school and attendance at conferences, workshops).
  • Complies with all continuing education requirements including annual training hours required through the Virginia Department of Education for licensed childcare providers.
  • Attends staff meetings, professional days, fundraising events, and other collegial activities designed to make the entire school a productive learning environment.
  • Checks email daily and respond as appropriate to requests/questions from the administration.
  • Adheres to all school policies and guidelines established in the employee handbook.
  • Assists in the development of and participates in school functions, including Open Houses, Orientation, Parent Education, etc.
  • Any other duties as assigned to support the school's programming and staff.


Qualifications & Skills

  • AMI or AMS Montessori Certification Preferred and Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development or related field.
  • Three years of experience working in a setting with toddlers, preferably in a Montessori environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with children, parents, and other staff members.
  • Experience working with diverse students and families.
  • Nurturing, calm, kind, and respectful, with an open attitude towards all children, families, and colleagues.
  • Is creative, flexible, loving, and patient. Must be able to analyze student behavior and apply appropriate intervention.

Nice To Haves


  • PTO & Sick Leave
  • Employee Discount
  • Professional Development Assistance
  • Employee Appreciation Perks (Spot bonus', monthly lunch, quarterly team outings)
  • Potential for raise after 90 Days

Salary : $35,000 to $40,000/Yr
Minimum Education : Bachelor's
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 3 Yrs
Location : Richmond, VA

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