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:
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
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 <>

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:
Please email 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
Phone: (919) 827-1148

Pinewoods Montessori seeks Head of School



Pinewoods Montessori School in Hillsborough, North Carolina is seeking a motivated leader to fill the position of Head of School.


Background: Pinewoods Montessori School in Hillsborough, NC provides an authentic Montessori education in which children develop a love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting.  Pinewoods has been in Hillsborough for over 20 years and  is a non-profit organization with an active, parent-run Board of Directors.  We offer programs for children ages 18 months to 12 years old.  In addition to our toddler, preschool and elementary classes, we offer an after school program, summer camps and a rich curriculum including Spanish lessons, physical education, art, and music. Our dedicated faculty currently guides approximately 100 children in our peaceful learning environment, and we are looking to grow. We are in the early stages of a plan dubbed “Pinewoods 2020” which will allow the expansion of our current programs to include full-day, additional toddler and/or primary, and the possible addition of an adolescent program.

Position: The ideal Head of School candidate will be a Montessori-trained (AMS or MACTE credential) educational and administrative leader or a candidate with a passion and knowledge for a Montessori education, dedicated to fostering a positive and collaborative school community with a passionate commitment to the authentic Montessori philosophy and methods. This leader will be an excellent communicator and a skilled decision-maker, possess strong business acumen, and will partner with the Board of Directors to create and implement a strategic plan and long-term vision for the school.


Suggested Start Date: Summer 2017


SUMMARY of Responsibilities:

  • Promote and embody the Pinewoods Montessori School’s Mission.

  • Oversee all elements of the Montessori curriculum and classroom instruction.

  • Lead the school both internally and externally.

  • Oversee the operations of the school, including management of staff.

  • Responsible for the administrative success of all school programs.

  • Ensure that the school meets all regulatory requirements and pursues the highest level of quality Montessori educational standards.

  • Effectively manage the financial and operational interests of the school, in keeping with the budgetary and strategic goals of the Board.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Montessori philosophy

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field

  • Five years of teaching experience as a Head Teacher, School Administrator or director-level experience

  • Direct supervision of faculty/staff

  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Montessori certification

  • Master’s degree in Education or  related field

  • Previous administrative experience at the elementary or middle school level is desired

  • Experience in both the primary and elementary or middle school level is preferred

  • Experience in developing marketing plans and recruiting new students

  • Strong knowledge of private/independent schools and related laws


Candidates must be authorized to legally work in the US without sponsorship.


Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes, cover letter and a Statement of Educational Philosophy to or to:

HOS Search Committee

109 Millstone Drive

Hillsborough, NC  27278


Pinewoods Montessori School is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.