EmploymentWashington Montessori School
New Preston, Connecticut

Founded in 1965, Washington Montessori School exists to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in a changing world through a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. WMS also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Connecticut Association Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.

Our dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community consists of over 50 adults serving 256 students from 18 months through 8th grade. Situated on a beautiful 48-acre campus in the northwest corner of Connecticut, Washington Montessori School is approximately 2 hours from New York City and 3 hours from Boston, MA.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice

In keeping with the Montessori tradition of Peace and Justice, at WMS we embrace and respect differences. We seek a diverse staff as the best way to reach and teach our student. WMS provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants, regardless of age, gender identity or expression, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, or any other protected class status under applicable law with respect to hiring, compensation, promotion, discharge from employment or other terms and conditions of employment.

Current Openings

Facilities Manager

Washington Montessori School seeks a Facilities Manager. The Facilities Manager is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of Washington Montessori’s buildings and grounds. Essential duties for this role  include daily campus upkeep, management of reactive maintenance projects, planning and scheduling of preventive maintenance work, supervision of contracted janitorial and maintenance services, and logistics support for on-campus programs and events. 

Located in Litchfield County, CT, WMS is less than an hour from Great Barrington, MA, less than two hours from NYC, and an easy day trip to Boston.

Founded in 1965, Washington Montessori School exists to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in a changing world through a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. WMS also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Connecticut Association Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics. Washington Montessori School hires skilled, passionate, dedicated educators who demonstrate our core values: independence, belonging and purpose. Our staff model kindness and respect for others, a reverence for human potential, and a flexible, resilient growth mindset.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 55 adults serving 265 students from 18 months through 8th grade. This is a 12-month, full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor buildings and grounds to determine maintenance tasks required to ensure the safety, utility and excellent appearance of the WMS campus.
  • Perform reactive maintenance work as required/requested, including basic plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry, furniture assembly, landscaping, masonry and other trade-related tasks.
  • Perform regular preventive maintenance on building systems, including MEP, HVAC and other equipment. 
  • Perform routine landscaping and grounds tasks, including pruning, weeding, mulching and turf management.
  • Perform snow removal and other weather-related grounds maintenance.
  • Oversee and manage contracted labor, including landscaping, mechanical, electrical, HVAC.
  • Oversee and manage contracted cleaning services.
  • Supervise purchasing of maintenance and janitorial supplies; monitor inventory to ensure adequate supplies. 
  • Support School programs and events (e.g. event set-up and break-down, equipment rentals, cleaning, etc.)
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state and federal codes as pertains to facilities and grounds. 
  • Assist with periodic safety drills, as needed.
  • Transport students in school vehicles, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of five years experience with plant operations, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Thorough knowledge of essential building trades, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and landscaping.
  • Proficient knowledge of grounds management, including landscaping, turf management, snow removal and playground maintenance. 
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in facilities management, as well as the ability to interpret building codes and safety regulations.
  • Strong administrative skills, including ability to use Google Workspace tools and other applications.
  • Strong customer service and relationship-building skills necessary to work collaboratively with all school staff and families as well as external vendors and tradespeople. 
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain a public passenger endorsement in order to drive student transport vehicles. 
  • Willingness to learn about and enact Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including a deep respect for people of all backgrounds and identities
  • Individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing the alignment of your skills with the position described above to Head of School Launa Schweizer at lschweizer@washingtonmontessori.org and CFOO Anne Fenton afenton@washingtonmontessori.org or mail to:

Anne Fenton, CFOO

Washington Montessori School, 

240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777 

Start date: July 1, 2024

Washington Montessori School (WMS) seeks an experienced educator with a background in special education to lead our school’s student support services department for the 2024-2025 school year. In alignment with Montessori philosophy and practice, the Director will coordinate student support for individual children, will guide and educate school staff, and will support families working with both in-school and out-of-school services to support their children.

Located in Litchfield County, CT, WMS is less than an hour from Great Barrington, MA, less than two hours from NYC, and an easy day trip to Boston.

Founded in 1965, Washington Montessori School exists to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in a changing world through a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. WMS also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.

Washington Montessori School hires skilled, passionate, dedicated educators who demonstrate our core values: independence, belonging and purpose. We model kindness and respect for others, a reverence for human potential, and a flexible, resilient growth mindset.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 50 adults serving 250 students from 18 months through 8th grade.

This is an 11 month, full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate student support, including managing student support staff, external vendors, standardized testing, outside professionals and the school’s work with our local school district. Respond proactively to issues relevant to students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being
  • Track individual students’ progress through classroom observations and assessments and initiate relevant support strategies.
  • Lead the process of identification and remediation of individual student challenges to help promote and support each child’s growth and development.
  • Develop durable systems, procedures and processes to maintain a dynamic web of communication among students, parents, tutors, the teaching staff, and other professionals on a student’s support team
  • Actively coach, mentor and collaborate with families, communicating regularly and proactively with families and all individuals responsible for student support both in and out of school
  • Make referrals for professional evaluations for students who are flagged as potentially having an undiagnosed learning disability
  • Manage information and administrative records for all aspects of student support
  • Read and interpret specialists’ evaluations, make suggestions for appropriate accommodations and pedagogy, then share information about learning differences (both on a broad level and around specific students) with faculty each term
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning
  • Continue to research current teaching methods and guide professional development for members of the school’s staff in the area of student support, learning and the brain, trends and best practices
  • Direct all in-school testing as needed
  • Work one-on-one or in small groups with students using best practices for Montessori and special education approaches
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Education, school staff and families, serving as a trusted leader and guide within in the school and in the Montessori community at large
  • Organize and lead Team meetings on a regular basis with staff and parents of students receiving support to review goals and progress
  • Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment to read files and onboard families and students when there is a diagnosed learning need or a need for support services
  • Enact principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that benefit all students

Requirements:

  • Extensive experience working with children in a student support setting
  • Excellent references
  • Master’s degree in Special Education. Montessori experience preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, database management and the ability to manage billing and financial details
  • The desire and ability to learn about Montessori education and to work collaboratively with parents and colleagues
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The physical ability to work with young children ages 18 months to 8th grade in a school setting
  • Willingness to learn about and enact Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including best practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing the alignment of your skills with the position described above to: Head of School Launa Schweizer lschweizer@washingtonmontessori.org and Melissa Hay, mhay@washingtonmontessori.org or mail to:
Melissa Hay, Director of Education
Washington Montessori School,
240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777

Washington Montessori School (WMS) seeks an experienced educator to serve as its next Director of Auxiliary Programs.


The Director will have two areas of focus:

  • To provide vision and leadership to manage and develop exceptional auxiliary programs, including summer camps and programs, after school childcare and enrichment programs, middle school arts and athletics, and enrichment classes
  • To develop new programs that will benefit the local community and make use of the school’s excellent facilities and teaching staff outside of school hours

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and self-directed leader and manager, with experience running educational programs for children ages eighteen months to fourteen years. The candidate will be entrepreneurial, creative, and dynamic, and value working in  diverse and inclusive environment. The candidate will have a true passion for Montessori and/or progressive education, with a proven background in auxiliary programs and have ideas for ongoing innovations in these areas.

The candidate will act with humility and empathy, will be organized and an effective communicator , an experienced manager, and will have excellent project management and problem-solving skills.

This is a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the CFOO.

Washington Montessori School is located in Litchfield County, CT. WMS is less than an hour from Great Barrington, MA, less than two hours from NYC, and an easy day trip to Boston. Founded in 1965, Washington Montessori School exists to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in a changing world through a
foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles and best educational practices. WMS also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.

Washington Montessori School hires skilled, passionate, dedicated educators who demonstrate our core values of independence, belonging, and purpose. Our staff are highly mature individuals who model kindness and respect for others, a reverence for human potential, and a flexible, resilient growth mindset. Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 60 adults serving 265 students from 18 months through 8th grade.

This is a 12-month, full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage all current auxiliary programs, including summer camp, afternoon programming for children 18 months through grade 8, and enrichment classes to provide necessary childcare for WMS students and to generate income to support the school’s mission.
  • Develop and manage new programming at the WMS campus — and in the surrounding area — for both current students and members of the wider community.
  • Continuously envision new program ideas with Montessori and best practices for experiential learning as guiding principles.
  • Expertly manage programs to ensure the health and safety of participants, including establishing risk management policies, procedures, and guidance in accordance with the School’s policies and best practices in the industry.
  • Coordinate and organize all the administrative aspects of program management, including student registration, billing, licensing, budget creation, purchasing, and pre-program communication.
  • Plan and coordinate marketing initiatives, including print advertising, digital marketing, social media campaigns, and Open Houses, in coordination with the school’s Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and support all staff members for all auxiliary programs.
  • Effectively lead and manage seasonal and part-time employees for all auxiliary programs.
  • Serve as parent contact for all auxiliary programs and provide clear and consistent mission-aligned communication to families enrolled in WMS auxiliary programs.
  • Collaborate with WMS’s administrative team to ensure high-quality programming that expands possibilities for engagement with the wider community.
  • Provide support for other school operations as needed.
  • Other special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning.

Requirements:

  • Extensive experience developing and managing auxiliary programs in a school setting, experiential education programs, and/or summer camps for children.
  • Track record of exemplary leadership in an educational setting.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary to support programming.
  • Experience with a variety of technological platforms, including Google Suite, RenWeb, and Blackbaud preferred.
  • Excellent references.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. A related Master’s degree or higher is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, technology and database management skills, and financial management experience.
  • The desire and ability to learn about Montessori education and to work collaboratively with parents and colleagues.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The physical ability to work with children ages 18 months to 14 years indoors and outdoors throughout the school year.
  • Willingness to learn about and enact Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including best practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing the alignment of your skills with the
position described above to CFOO Anne Fenton (afenton@washingtonmontessori.org)
and Head of School Launa Schweizer (lschweizer@washingtonmontessori.org) or mail to:
Anne Fenton, CFOO
Washington Montessori School,
240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777

Individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start Date: Spring 2024 (work to begin Fall 2024)

Washington Montessori School (WMS) seeks an experienced school counselor to join our program for the 2023-2024 school year. We seek an individual with a Master’s degree or higher in counseling, social work, psychology, or a related field — and experience with children and adolescents.

Located in Litchfield County, CT, WMS is less than an hour from Great Barrington, MA, less than two hours from NYC, and an easy day trip to Boston. Founded in 1965, Washington Montessori School exists to educate children and to teach and nurture the skills necessary for success in a changing world through a foundation of Montessori philosophy and principles, and best educational practices. WMS also upholds the highest standards of independent school education as articulated in the Standards of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Montessori Society’s Philosophy and Practice and Code of Ethics.

Washington Montessori School hires skilled, passionate, dedicated educators who demonstrate our core values: kindness and respect for others, a reverence for human potential, and a flexible, resilient growth mindset. 

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 55 adults serving 270 students from 18 months through 8th grade. This is a 10-month, full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. 

Responsibilities:

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues, students, and their parents, build students’ capacity for the positive social and emotional well-being essential for success in school and life. Remain universally accessible and get to know all the children in the school, with a particular focus on students who need additional support. Provide emotional support and foster a safe and successful learning environment for students from toddler through 8th grade.
  • Develop systems to coordinate, facilitate, plan, and implement mental health support services and maintain accurate and detailed records of work with students while remaining flexible and attuned to individual needs and focused on the agency and engagement of individual students. 
  • Advise and counsel students regarding short-term social and emotional, academic, and educational issues. Guide students with individual student SEL planning and goal setting. Refer students in need of ongoing support to professionals outside of the community for longer-term support.
  • Work in partnership with and advise WMS families to support student growth and well-being, both on an individual level and through presentations to groups.
  • In collaboration with the Student Services Team, identify students who may need targeted or intensive services, and coordinate with behavioral health specialists. Refer students and families to outside behavioral and mental health services when necessary, and communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with behavioral health specialists on developing and implementing student supports.
  • Observe in classrooms and provide feedback to support students and educators. Support teachers in SEL lesson planning and follow through.
  • Run small group social-emotional skills groups to support student growth and teach SEL lessons as necessary.
  • Support and attend appropriate student activities and events.
  • Work to improve equity and access, achievement, and opportunities for all students
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning

Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in School Counseling or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Connecticut State Certification in School Counseling or eligibility for certification.
  • Experience working with children and adolescents in an educational or counseling setting, preferably in a Montessori environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to build rapport and work collaboratively with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Deep knowledge of developmental stages and age-appropriate counseling techniques,  working knowledge of counseling models, methods, and resources and ability to identify and respond to students’ needs.
  • Understanding of ethical guidelines and confidentiality standards in counseling practice.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and a passion for supporting the well-being of children.
  • Ability to enact Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including best practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing the alignment of your skills with the position described above to Head of School Launa Schweizer lschweizer@washingtonmontessori.org and mhay@washingtonmontessori.org or mail to:

Melissa Hay, Director of Education
Washington Montessori School,
240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777

Washington Montessori School is an equal-opportunity employer. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you’d like to keep an application on file for future openings, you can submit our application form to Anne Fenton, CFOO.