Position Title: Middle School Teacher at Central Montessori School of Virginia

Montessori Credential Level: Credential Not Required
Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree
Job Type: Classroom Teacher/Staff
Position Type: Full-Time (12 mos.)

About CMS: In 2007, Central Montessori School of Virginia opened its doors to its first four students in the historic and beautiful neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, VA.  We have grown over the years and serve 140-150 students ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years in our whole school community. We are located in a dynamic urban area within walking distance of the James River, beautiful parks, local restaurants, and state government, medical, and university centers.

Central values academic and social/emotional competency skills; our program responds to and nurtures adolescents’ needs for leadership, movement, citizenship, creativity, problem-solving, responsibility, independence, and autonomy. We value and promote inclusion and diversity.

Position Description: We are seeking an individual to join our program as a middle school lead teacher.

Learning the ropes and acclimating to new systems can take some time. You don’t need to know it all, but you must be willing to put effort and intention into this important position.

The middle school lead teacher will support students in their academic studies, coordinate experiential education opportunities, including service learning, and organize at least two overnight trips yearly for our annual Washington D.C. and camping trips. Additionally, the educator will work with other middle school members and support teachers, administrators, and outside educators.

This position is best suited for an individual who is comfortable researching and learning new things, able to work with others in a manner consistent with Central Montessori Schools’ philosophy and policies, can work in a partnership with students and colleagues, and is patient with self and others.

We seek these qualities and skills in a qualified applicant for this position.

  • Effective communicator
  • Respectful to students, parents, and colleagues
  • Professional: punctual, consistent attendance
  • Emotional maturity
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Patience and good humor
  • Able to work in partnership with the school community
  • Adaptable and open to new ideas
  • Able to objectively observe, give & receive feedback
  • Enjoys being outside and in nature
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Respectful of a child’s autonomy but able to provide support as needed
  • Comfortable with researching and reaching out to resources in the community
  • Must be physically able to stand and walk for long periods (urban, river, rural hikes)

Applicant’s Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience working with children
  • Awareness of Montessori philosophy and willingness to take additional professional development and training

Applicant’s Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and/ or Montessori Certification
  • Prior experience working with students 9-18 years of age
  • Experience working in a Montessori program
  • Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish language preferred)

Note: A full job description will be provided during the interview.

Full-time lead teacher schedule (36-40 hours per week)

  • Monday – Friday 8-5
  • One paid half day per week
  • 1 (unpaid) hour-long lunch break mid-day


  • Paid health training
  • Paid member dues for Annual American Montessori Society membership
  • Paid family leave
  • Tuition discounts
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401k with matching
  • Montessori certification training sponsorship and tuition assistance

Additional Benefits for 12-month lead teachers

  • 80 hours of PTO
  • 30 + paid days off during holidays and school breaks
  • One paid half day off per week (up to 100 hours)
  • 9+ days of paid professional development

Additional Benefits for 10-month lead teachers

  • 72 hours of PTO
  • 25 + paid days off during school breaks and closures
  • One paid half day off per week (up to 80 hours)
  • 8+ days of paid professional development

We hope to fill this position by August 2024.

Salary is compensatory with AMS annual salary survey parameters based on experience, training, and education.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to frontdesk.centralmontessori@gmail.com

School Name: Central Montessori School of Virginia
School Location: Richmond, VA
Contact: Office
Email: frontdesk.centralmontessori@gmail.com
Phone: (804) 447-7493