2018 Winter Montessori Conference: 3-12-2018

Dear Friends,

We have the Sign Up Genius ready for you and your staff to register for our Winter Conference on March 17th.  Please pass along the information to your staff and others who may be interested as appropriate. The link has also been posted on our TMSA Facebook Group.
Questions? Choose the appropriate resource (It takes a village!):
Questions re: the event: Janet Weed janetweed.tmsa@gmail.com
Questions re: lunch: Dominique Mouthon dominique@followthechild.org
Questions re: the sign up genius or payment: Angela Bailey abailey@imsnc.org
We hope to see you there!


Angela J. Bailey

Head of School

International Montessori School

3001 Academy Road, Building 300

Durham, NC 27707


Dave Carmen Scholarship 2018 for Montessori Teachers

TMSA heads and Alumni,
It is that time of year again to share the Dave Carman Music Scholarship opportunity with your teachers and staff.  This scholarship is near and dear to my heart and I would very much appreciate if you could spread the word.  This year, we have raised the scholarship amount to $600 in an effort to bring increased musical opportunities into our wonderful Montessori classrooms.

Please share this email and the attached application document with your staff.  The application deadline is February 25, 2018.  This year, I will collect all applications via this email, but the scholarship decision will be made by committee (similar to years past).

TMSA Meeting on 1-23-18

Please RSVP…
 TMSA Member Meeting 
January 23, 2018
Follow the Child Montessori
3601 Harden Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
 9:30 -11 am (or earlier)
Light refreshments served. 
We will continue to have time during the meeting for members to share questions, thoughts or concerns that pop up in our busy jobs/lives.  
Free group therapy! We need your voice. 🙂

A Writer’s Workshop for Elementary Students 2-3-2018

Hello TMSA Friends,

Susan Johnstone’s Writers Workshop is right around the corner on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 9-12pm!  If you haven’t sent the flier out to your staff yet, could you please forward this?  We have now included Susan’s email address to RSVP to:  sjohnstone@willowoakmontessori.org
Saturday, February 3, 2018
We tried to get contact or CEU’s for this workshop and were not able to.  This is a change from the original workshop flier.  Please see attached updated flier.
Odyssey of the Young Writers
A Writer’s Workshop for Elementary Students
Saturday, February 3, 2018
1pm – 4pm
Willow Oak Montessori School
Chapel Hill, NC
RSVP to sjohnstone@willowoakmontessori.org
Writing is not only a way to becoming a fluent reader, but it also reveals the storyteller, the communicator, and the reporter in us all. Elementary students love a good story. They like to write a good story too. Join me as an active participant discover the writer in us so we can inspire the writer in our students.
This workshop will:
  • Examine parts of a weekly writing session or workshop in the classroom.
  • Offer a list of creative and practical ideas to write about and how to differentiate among levels of writers
  • Design a writer’s workshop for your class
  • Experience the writer’s workshop with an assignment in real time
Susan Johnstone, the facilitator, is a lower elementary teacher and professional development leader at Willow Oak Montessori School in Chapel Hill, NC. She has trained, observed, and coached Montessori interns and designed professional development workshops for Montessori philosophy, spelling, practical life in elementary, early childhood education, and personal workshops: How to Invoke Your Authentic Self and A Year To Live. She has been either in the classroom, part of the administrative team, running a progressive school and raising a family of men since 1987.

Sterling Montessori Academy Executive Director Opening

STERLING MONTESSORI Academy and Charter School currently seeks an Executive Director for its faculty, administrators, and 725 students and their families for the 2018/2019 academic year. Sterling’s Executive Director will be fully committed to the school and its operations and will be responsible for ensuring that our school runs smoothly, remains safe, and provides an excellent learning environment for its students based on the philosophy and teaching methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. Sterling’s Executive Director will assume complete responsibility for the school and its performance and will undertake the role of a strong leader to all its employees, including teachers, administrative staff, maintenance workers, and any other employees of the school. Contact <julie.hughes@lhuf.org>

FULL DETAILS:  Executive Director Position

Montessori School for Sale

A small Montessori school in the Triangle is available for sale.
This is a prefect opportunity for a teacher-owner or for a school that would like to expand to a second location.
-One classroom, 24 student capacity
-Half-day preschool level program
-Lead teacher (AMS trained) and assistant on staff
-In business for 6+ years
-Excellent reputation
-Growing area, lots of new home construction and families moving in
-School is profitable
-Asking price: negotiable
-Reason for sale: current owner would like to pursue other projects
For more information, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/ssf0PZ8YTPgtnRwM2
Please email janetweed.tmsa@gmail.com with questions.

Wake Forest Montessori Seeks Lead Toddler Teacher

Job Opportunity: Lead Toddler Guide

Location: Wake Forest, NC

About Wake Forest Montessori

Now in its tenth year, WFM is a Montessori school serving children and families in the Town of Wake Forest, NC. Our mission is to enable the children to develop their individual gifts within a respectful, loving and supportive community.s to enable the children to develop their individual gifts within a respectful, loving and supportive community.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Toddler (ages 18mo – 3) level certified and experienced Lead Guide to join our dynamic and expanding staff. The Lead Guide must hold a Bachelor’s degree in addition to being eligible to teach in the United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials, and is competitive with schools in the area.

If you possess a sincere commitment to building and directing a quality Montessori environment, offering support and guidance to parents, and collaborating with experienced colleagues, please consider joining the Wake Forest Montessori community. The right candidate should possess maturity, dedication, high integrity, good judgment, ability to self-reflect as a member of the teaching staff, and the courage to grow as an educational leader. We seek individuals with a clear understanding of Montessori ideals, deep knowledge of the development of children, and the classroom management and communication skills that nurture self-discipline, order, and confidence in young students. We can offer you a rewarding experience in a growing and diverse Montessori school.

The Lead Guide major areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:


  • Establish the extended morning work period and give lessons as needed.
  • Establish and maintain a classroom true to the Montessori philosophy, paying particular attention to the needs of the students.
  • Implement and update curriculum as student needs dictate.
  • Plan, prepare, and maintain all units of study, including Montessori materials, thematic units, library books, etc.
  • Collaborate with other Lead Guides to provide consistency of education within corresponding classrooms.


  • Lead parent-teacher conferences to provide parents with a concise yet thorough understanding of each child’s progress.
  • Maintain periodic informal communication regarding students’ progress and maintain an open and honest dialogue so that parents feel comfortable with the daily workings of the classroom.


  • Carefully observe and keep daily records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom, always being available to offer gentle guidance.
  • Complete evaluation and record forms during the school year for conferences and the child’s permanent record.

Staff Involvement

  • Establish a harmonious relationship with other Lead Guides to foster collaboration and consistency across classrooms.
  • Establish a harmonious relationship with classroom associates to foster a productive classroom environment
  • Partner with other staff members on joint programs, Parent Nights, performances, and other events as assigned by the administration
  • Participate in all school events that are relevant to the Lead Guide’s specific program and the entire school
  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings

Please note that this position is not restricted to the responsibilities above, and the job scope and responsibilities are subject to change.


To perform the position successfully, the Lead Teacher should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Commitment: Displays passionate commitment to an authentic Montessori education, a deep understanding of its tenets, and an ability to advocate its benefits both internally and externally. Possesses a genuine interest in children and their intellectual and social development.
  • Leadership: Exhibits an exceptional balance of confidence and competence necessary to lead and motivate. Energetically inspires continuous improvement and/or change. Believes in, supports, and lives the WFM mission and core values.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Engaging, approachable, self-assured. Treats others with respect. Proactively builds and maintains positive relationships with peers, parents, and students. Displays a high level of professionalism. Responds calmly to stressful situations.
  • Communication: Creates and promotes an environment of open and honest communication. Displays excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Results Orientation: Maintains high standards for personal performance. Seeks and acts on feedback for self-development. Takes accountability for mistakes. Follows through on promised commitments in a timely manner. Resourceful and enthusiastic when approaching problems.
  • Planning and Organization: Maintains strong operational processes to keep the classroom running smoothly. Adapts lesson plans and environment to meet the needs of the students in the classroom


  • The physical capacity to work with young children, including but not limited to bending, minor lifting, and working on the floor.
  • An associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent, and Montessori Certification
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be able to pass medical exam for working with children
  • A satisfactory NCDHHS background check
  • Experience working with children of this age range.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the classroom is desired but not necessary for employment consideration

Interested candidates may email a cover letter and resume to:

Julia Thompson, Director
Email: Julia@wakeforestmontessori.com
Phone: (919) 827-1148
Website: www.wakeforestmontessori.com