Toddler Lead Teacher (Montessori Trained) - 2024/25 School Year - #9820396

Near North Montessori School


Date: 1 week ago
City: Chicago, IL
Contract type: Full time

We are an independent, Montessori school in Chicago serving 560+ students and their families, starting at a parent-infant class and up to 8th grade. We are a community of shared values working to fulfill a meaningful mission. NNM faculty, staff and parents strive for an equitable and inclusive school culture through intentional, reflective practice. We work together to challenge all students to think for themselves, pursue their ideas and become real learners for the real world. 

Learn more about us on our website: www.nnms.org



We are seeking a Montessori-trained, Toddler Lead Guide, to join our team here at Near North Montessori!

The Near North Montessori (NNM) Teacher / Guide for our Young Children's Community (YCC) supports and nurtures young children and is passionate about creating and maintaining a beautiful educational environment while following the Montessori philosophy. The Teacher / Guide provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of students. This position monitors and evaluates student performance, develops and implements plans to improve student performance, and maintains required records and follows required procedures and practices.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Friday, with shifts falling between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm during the school year, with adjustments or additional time as needed. This role may also include required daytime & overnight field trip participation. This is a school year role, starting in August and ending in mid June each year. There will be an opportunity to work summer camps if desired. We are searching for someone to start in August 2024 for our 2024/25 school year!

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Guide the daily instruction of the curriculum appropriate to the ages 18 months to 3 years old level of the classroom based on Montessori training and NNM policies and practices
  • Implementing activities to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of the children
  • Setting an example for children by modeling honesty, respect, kindness and understanding
  • Maintaining the safety and well-being of children in the classroom by providing a safe and prepared environment
  • Fully participating in and collaborating with NNM team members and Administration in furtherance of the school’s mission
  • Engaging in clear, respectful, and effective communication with children, parents, team members and administrators
  • Train and manage the assistants, interns, and other support staff assigned to the class providing regular performance feedback 
  • Report to the proper authority any pertinent information on the happenings of the day
  • Use equipment and supplies safely and conscientiously, keeping the physical environment clean and orderly
  • Provide a safe and secure environment. Be familiar with emergency procedures
  • Carry out all specific procedures and responsibilities as outlined by the NNM Staff Handbook and the lead teacher
  • Acquire professional training in the educational field by attending educational conferences, training workshops and other related activities
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution in Education, Middle or High School teaching or a related discipline; Montessori training and certification at the primary level, required
  • Prior experience as a Guide in a Young Children's Community level Montessori classroom
  • Montessori 0-3 Credential required (or willingness to immediately begin training in order to obtain)
  • Successfully complete CPR and First Aid course
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, verbal and written, with children and adults
  • Advanced understanding of a child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive  development
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth 
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias, anti-racist practices: able to work with and teach groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways
  • Team-focused, growth-minded, flexible attitude with commitment to participating in and contributing to a positive faculty culture and workplace
  • Demonstrated proficiency in working with current educational and related technologies


Full-time employment to start in August of 2024; however, we'd like to have this position filled by May of 2024.

  • Pay Information: Eligible for an exempt salary, starting at $52,500 per year.
  • Benefits Information:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision packages available for both you and your dependents. HSA (health savings account) available as a tie-in to one level of medical plan.
    • Both individual and dependent FSA (flexible spending accounts) available.
    • Fully-funded short term disability and individual life insurance available, with option to upgrade to long term disability and group life insurance for an additional cost.
    • Robust paid time off policy that includes at least 10 paid days off per school year.
    • Paid school holidays can add up to 25 extra paid days off per year.
    • 403b retirement planning available, with a company match of 100% up to 6%.
    • Access to an EAP (employee assistance program) that provides up to 6 free consultations per year on a variety of life concerns.
    • Suite of voluntary benefits available, such as pre-tax transit deductions, pet insurance, accident & critical illness insurance, and more.

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