The mission of Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) is to provide families of Washington, D. C., a fully-implemented, public, Montessori program designed to enable children to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.

Grounded in the time-tested Montessori instructional model, and fueled by a visionary commitment to early learning and robust family engagement, our model places students at the center and revolves around anticipating and responding to the needs of learners at every stage of the developmental continuum.

Breakthrough Montessori serves children from three years old through (eventually) sixth grade. The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) and a Board of Trustees, consisting of DC residents committed to high-quality, public Montessori, founded the school. The school continues to work closely with NCMPS and now serves as a demonstration school for many of NCMPS’ school and teacher support initiatives, including the D.C. Teacher Residency, Montessori classroom coaching, school services, and a summer institute.

Open Positions:

Job Title: Montessori Primary Guide  (maternity coverage)

Reports to: Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Classroom Assistant

Position Summary:

Breakthrough Montessori PCS seeks to hire a Primary guide who is dedicated to public Montessori and excited to help shape this transformational school. Our team of teachers will operationalize our breakthrough model of all-day, fully-implemented public Montessori.

Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, the teacher plans and provides appropriate learning experiences for students. (S)he prepares a structured, student-centered learning environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of all children; monitors and evaluates student development and outcomes; communicates and interacts with students, parents, staff and community; works within the Montessori pedagogical scheme to develop and modify instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students; maintains appropriate records; follows required procedures and practices and monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities.


  • Plan, implement and coordinate the Montessori classroom

  • Maintain a prepared learning environment according to the developmental and curricular specifications outlined in the Montessori Scope & Sequence

  • Set limits and boundaries and maintain appropriately high standards for child behavior in the Montessori context

    • self-discipline

    • independence

    • responsibility

    • grace and courtesy

    • respect for others

    • care of environment

    • care of self

    • community building

  • Observe student activity and base lesson-planning on observed needs and interests

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all students via Transparent Classroom

  • Prepare and present progress reports on all students via Transparent Classroom

  • In collaboration with Director of Curriculum & Instruction, prepare, administer and reflect on formative and summative assessments

    • Familiarity with NWEA/MAP, GOLD a plus

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and school leadership team

  • Communicate effectively with parents/families to help them understand the details and implementation of the Montessori approach

  • Provide a spirit of hospitality at school gatherings, occasional public events, and ongoing family engagement events

  • Supervise classroom assistants and appraise performance as necessary

  • Participate in other school functions as requested by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor‘s degree in applicable field

  • Montessori Primary diploma from a MACTE accredited program

  • Montessori classroom teaching experience, preferably in a public school setting

  • Experience collaborating and working as a Montessori teacher

  • Experience utilizing classroom modifications to develop the full potential of each child

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to our vision and mission

  • Creative, energetic and nurturing personality

  • Organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Experience with families from diverse backgrounds

  • Additional experience/training in special education, music, art, and/or physical education is a plus

  • Fluency in a language other than English is a plus

Specifics of the length of position:

  • This position will run the length of maternity coverage, which is up to 16 weeks from mid-February through the end of May

  • There may be opportunity to begin a full time position in the Fall of 2019

Applicants should prepare a cover letter and resume in one document and send it to Please submit application material as either a Word document or a PDF. References upon request.