Early Childhood Lead Guide

Full-Time; Hours: 7:15 AM – 3:15 PM, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays/breaks
Age Group: 3 years – kindergarten
Pay Range: $27,547.83 – $35,812.17 (based on experience)


  • give appropriate presentations to students
  • use Montessori principles for all instruction
  • inform Director of any missing pieces or broken apparatus
  • prepare curricular materials which follow Montessori principles
  • rotate lessons, packets and materials regularly
  • attend school functions for appropriate class
  • prepare and distribute a minimum of two progress reports per year for each child
  • hold a minimum of two conferences per year for each child
  • maintain records on each child for:
    • attendance
    • lessons presented
    • progress reports
    • end of year evaluation
    • injury
    • parent communication
    • behavior
  • help maintain arrival and dismissal logs (paper or electronic)
  • maintain on-going communication with parents helping them understand Montessori philosophy and school policies when necessary
  • maintain an attractive classroom environment by maintaining uncluttered walls, storage, shelves, and floor
  • care for plants and animals chosen for classroom
  • restock classroom supplies
  • other duties as assigned
  • work shift hours as assigned


  • be responsible for safety and physical well-being of children at all times
  • never leave children unattended
  • follow Director’s guidelines for storage of toxic materials
  • report all accidents and injuries to parents and Director


  • be directly accountable to the Director
  • follow school policies and TN DOE Standards
  • attend all staff meetings
  • help orient Assistant Guides to their responsibilities in the classroom
  • inform Director of parent complaints/concerns
  • report unusual behavior or possible abuse to Director
  • request the presence of the Director whenever dealing with an upset parent
  • obtain 30 hours of in-service training yearly (If the in-service training provided by the Director is not attended, it becomes the sole responsibility
  • of the teacher to arrange for in-service training at no cost to the school.)
  • provide monthly documentation of in-service training
  • participate in annual performance evaluation


  • maintain classroom atmosphere
  • help maintain sanitary bathrooms when necessary

Employee Benefits

  • Tuition discounts for each child
  • Extensive on-the-job training and professional development
  • Company paid Montessori Certification (if applicable)
  • Supportive and inclusive environment for staff, students, and families
  • 80 hours PTO for full-time employees
  • Academic calendar allots for breaks throughout the year
  • Volunteering opportunities with school organizations and local nonprofits
  • Annual merit pay increases
  • Employee-drive succession planning for future job opportunities
  • Dental, Vision, and other insurance plans available for full-time employees
  • 12-month pay structure
  • Enrollment Quarterly Bonus

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 21 years or older (TN DOE Standard Requirement)
  • Background screening prior to employment and as dictated by TN DOE
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Ability to lift children safely
  • Prior professional experience with this age group in a daycare/school setting
  • Montessori Certification or willingness to learn Montessori pedagogy