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Instructional Aide & Before-School Care Guide

Status: Full-time (Exempt) or Part-time (Exempt)
Classification: 10-month Faculty
Supervisors: Dual report to Auxiliary Programs Manager and Lower School Operations Manager & Registrar
Location: In-person instruction at the Lead Mine Campus
Hours: Full-time, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Position Summary
The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) seeks an Instructional Aide and Before-School Care Guide for the 2024-2025 school year beginning August 12, 2024. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who loves working with students aged six weeks - 12 years of age and is looking to advance in the profession. Instructional Aides and Before-School Care Guides will work closely with experienced Lead and Assistant Guides to provide continuity of instruction and care from the before-school care program and through the academic day for our lower school students.

Established in 1974, MSR is a vibrant and exceptional independent Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the Triangle area serving 400+ students aged 6 weeks through 18 years. MSR is committed to the intellectual, ethical, and personal development of our students. Our beautifully designed  Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice. Driven by our core values of “respect, integrity, community, and love of learning,” MSR welcomes prospective employees of all backgrounds. We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a comprehensive compensation plan, including competitive salary and an expansive benefits package. MSR is accredited by AMS, Cognia, and the IBO.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in education or a related field
  • Montessori experience preferred
  • Teaching experience at the Infant (6 weeks - 18 months) , Toddler (15 months - 3 years), Children’s House (3 - 6 years) levels, and/or Elementary (grades 1-6)
  • Committed to the mission and core values of MSR which include “respect, integrity, community, and love of learning”
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and other members of the MSR community
  • Flexible team player with “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate in teams with a wide range of individuals
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
  • Student-centered, collegial, passionate, innovative

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adhere to American Montessori Society (AMS) guidelines and professional standards
  • Ensure safety and well-being of students at all times.
  • Assist the classroom guides in the general care of the Montessori environment, which may include refilling building supplies and proper, safe storage of inventory, maintaining inventory of the classroom and commonly used supplies and materials in a clearly labeled location accessible for staff, repairing materials and equipment as directed, and assisting in the preparation of activity and project materials
  • Provide supportive and collaborative partnership with classroom guides through consistent communication, which includes serving as a substitute classroom teacher, when necessary
  • Prepare and maintain a Before-School Care environment in which the furnishings and materials are developmentally appropriate in providing care as an extension to the academic school day, which supports students, staff, parents, Montessori philosophy, and MSR policies
  • Plan, deliver, and supervise a developmentally appropriate and consistent schedule of activities for students  from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • Maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with administration and colleagues to assist with curriculum development and implementation within the context of the School's overall program, mission, and core values
  • Adhere to all health and safety protocols, policies, and procedures, as well as maintain a clean environment with regard to hygiene
  • Adheres to the MSR Diapering and Toileting best practices policy, ensuring the health, safety, and documentation of students in the process
  • Participate in ongoing professional development
  • Attend all required faculty and team meetings
  • Collaborate and participate within multiple divisional teams and with interdisciplinary faculty
  • Maintain student record keeping and program  planning; use Veracross and Transparent Classroom as directed
  • Maintain and participate in a home/school partnership by being open to consistent communication with parents
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School, Head of Lower School, Auxiliary Programs Manager, and Lower School Operations Manager

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The Instructional Aide & Before-School Care Guide can expect to:

  • Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment, with periods of time outdoors
  • Supervise groups of students and regularly engage with parents, staff, and visitors
  • Occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Turn, bend, and reach

It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference check with current employer (or most recent employer, if not currently employed)  and background investigation.

To apply
The school offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line of “Instructional Aide and Before-School Care Guide 24/25 - your last name.”  No phone calls please.

About Raleigh-Durham
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