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:

Dedicated Aide

Job Summary

Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School is seeking a dedicated aide beginning immediately. The dedicated aide will work with a team of teachers, assistants and administrators to support one student. We are seeking an individual that excels at building relationships with students, and encouraging student engagement while treating students with respect. We prefer someone who has experience with ABA or implementing behavior plans, as we are about to start a fairly intensive behavior plan with the student, and the candidate will be trained in implementation by our ABA therapist.

Responsibilities and Duties

We are a Montessori school, which means our instruction is a child-centered, and children are encouraged to choose their learning activities independently. The dedicated aide will assist the student in being consistently productive and engaged in the classroom, and ensure that the student stays safe throughout the school day. The aide will also support the student in developing appropriate social and problem solving behaviors, with the support of the classroom and special education teachers. Interest in the Montessori method is preferred, as the aide will need to learn how to use our hands-on learning materials in order to support the child, as well as learning our school’s culture of child-centered interaction with students.

The position will be from 9:00/9:30 - 3:45/4:00. Pay is commensurate with experience and education.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Experience with early childhood age children
  • Experience with students on the autism spectrum
  • Background check and TB test
  • Openness to learning about the Montessori method
  • Team player
  • High school diploma


  • Experience at a Montessori school
  • Restraint training
  • Associates or college degree

Job Type: Part-time

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

Montessori Lower Elementary Guide

Breakthrough Montessori PCS seeks teachers who are dedicated to public Montessori and excited to help shape this transformational school. Our teachers operationalize our breakthrough model of all-day, fully-implemented public Montessori.

Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, the guide 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.

This position is unique in that the classroom to be served is a startup classroom. Most of the children will have matriculated from the Montessori Primary classrooms at Breakthrough Montessori PCS and all students will be between 5-7 years of age, as children in Washington D.C. who would like to begin first grade or the equivalent must be 6 years of age on or before September 30th, 2012. The school is growing each year, so this classroom will have its full complement of students in the three year age span by the 2020-2021 school year.

Our school will be housed between two campuses for 2018-2019 school year and will join on one campus as of the 2021-2022 school year. One is located in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and the other is in the Takoma neighborhood. Placement may be at either campus for the coming year.


  • 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
  • Prepare and present progress reports on all students
  • In collaboration with Director of Curriculum & Instruction, prepare, administer and reflect on formative and summative assessments
  • 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 assistant
  • Participate in other school functions as requested by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor‘s degree in applicable field
  • AMI Montessori Elementary diploma
  • Montessori classroom teaching experience, preferably in a public school setting
  • Experience collaborating and working as a 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

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