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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

Associate Teacher (Primary or Toddler)

Begins Fall, 2024

Washington Montessori School (WMS) seeks an associate teacher to join our program for the 2024-2025 school year. The successful candidate will serve in either a Toddler or Lower School (ages 3-6) Montessori environment. 

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 50 adults serving 265 students from 18 months through 8th grade. This is a 10 -month, full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work in close collaboration with a head teacher to create an organized, warm Montessori environment for children
  • Work in partnership with parents and colleagues
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning

Requirements: 

  • Experience working with children  
  • Excellent references
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • 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 care for a classroom of small children 
  • 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 Director of Education 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 Upper Elementary teacher to join our program for the fall of 2024 (August 26, 2024 – December 20, 2024.) Montessori teacher credentials or experience are strongly preferred. 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.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 50 adults serving 260 students from 18 months through 8th grade. This is a 10 month, full-time position (September to June) with competitive salary and benefits. 

Responsibilities:

  • Create an organized, warm Montessori environment for children in grades 4 and 5
  • Work in partnership with parents and colleagues
  • Work in partnership with an associate teacher.
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning.

Requirements: 

  • Elementary II Montessori certification or significant experience with grades 4-5 
  • At least 3 years head teaching experience  
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent references
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • The desire and ability to work collaboratively with parents and colleagues
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The physical ability to care for a classroom of small children 
  • Evidence of commitment to Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including best practices for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging 
  • 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 Director of Education 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 3-6 teacher to join our program for the 2024-2025 school year. Montessori teacher credentials are required. 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.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, supportive, and forward-thinking teaching community of over 50 adults serving 260 students from 18 months through 8th grade. This is a 10-month, full-time position (September to June) with competitive salary and benefits. 

Responsibilities:

  • Create an organized, warm Montessori environment for children ages 3-6
  • Work in partnership with parents and colleagues
  • Supervise and guide an associate teacher.
  • Continue to grow over time, demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning.

Requirements: 

  • Montessori certification for children ages 3-6 
  • Strong teaching and curriculum development experience  
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent references
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • The desire and ability to work collaboratively with parents and colleagues
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The physical ability to care for a classroom of small children 
  • Evidence of commitment to Montessori Peace and Justice principles, including best practices for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging 
  • 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 Director of Education mhay@washingtonmontessori.org, or mail to 

Melissa Hay, Director of Education

Washington Montessori School, 

240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777

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