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Are you a collaborative, creative Montessorian who is passionate about working with lower elementary students (grades 1-3)? Do you find purpose in guiding students to be their best selves socially, emotionally, and academically in a collaborative, progressive, and respectful community?  Cedar River Montessori is excited to announce an opening for a co-teacher in Lower Elementary for the 2021-2022 academic year. This position is new and will work closely with our current lower elementary staff. Our school community values the rich cultures, traditions, and ethnicities our families come from, and we are looking for diverse applicants who represent these backgrounds.

About us:

Located on 12 acres of forested wetland and pasture, Cedar River Montessori is an American Montessori Society accredited, independent, non-profit school for students ages 3 through 14 in Renton, WA. Cedar River Montessori students follow their natural interests as they explore their world, discovering the interconnectedness of personal responsibility, environmental stewardship, and social equity. Students learn how to work independently and collaboratively, experiencing a transformative education as they grow into the next generation of engaged, global thinkers who compassionately challenge the status quo. Founded in 1981, we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community.

This job is for you if you:

Are inspired by our mission
Embrace outdoor experiences in all kinds of conditions
Love children and supporting their development
Have a commitment to high quality care and learning
Welcome opportunities to stretch yourself by learning and implementing new techniques and strategies to support children with learning differences or behavioral challenges
Are a skilled classroom manager, inspiring children to be their best selves and patiently coaching them through solution-finding processes
Delight in the details of maintaining a classroom space (both physical space and virtual space) for children to thrive
Are a highly relational and effective communicator
Are able to multi-task and manage a variety of responsibilities
Have a positive attitude and are able to roll with a dynamic and creative organization
Care about equity, diversity, and social and environmental justice
Enjoy working in a progressive, relational, collaborative, and nature-loving team of dedicated and talented individuals

Principal Responsibilities:

Create and maintain a healthy, safe, and positive environment for children
Support social-emotional learning and solution-finding opportunities using the Positive Discipline framework
Take initiative and communicate with co-teacher and Lower Elementary team about project and curriculum ideas
Observe and assess individual student growth and progress, and follow up with teaching team and administration when there are areas of concern
Communicate with teachers about the child’s development and daily experiences
Collaborate with Cedar River Montessori staff to foster a sense of community and belonging
Implement daily practices and routines within the classroom and throughout the campus
Observe, document, and facilitate children’s progress in the areas of their social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive skills
Organize classroom materials and clean, disinfect, and sanitize the workspace to facilitating the learning process for each child
Facilitate online learning experiences as needed and support the students, families, and school community through excellent communication
Model safe and responsible behavior during outdoor activities, and motivate students to participate in all types of weather
Help guide the child through self-directed activities, allowing the child to develop at their own pace
Foster a nurturing and stimulating non-competitive environment


Bachelor’s Degree and AMI, AMS, or MACTE certification (6-9 or Elementary I)
Student teachers working toward Montessori certification are also invited to apply to this position for a paid practicum
Experience working with elementary-aged children and families in a group setting
CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens certified or be willing to obtain
Positive Discipline training, or willing to take
Anti-biased/Anti-racist training, or willing to take

Desired Skills and Abilities:

AMI, AMS, or MACTE certification for 9-12/Elementary II
Strong communication skills with children, parents, and colleagues
Strong decision-making skills to respond to risk management, emergencies, or difficult situations
Ability and desire to support children with learning differences
Ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally

Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes:

Leader, team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, organized, flexible, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated.  Aligned with Cedar River Montessori’s mission and environmentally conscientious.

Benefits and Compensation:

10 month salary $40,000-46,000 depending on certification and experience. Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits. Matching retirement, paid professional development, and paid time off. This is a full-time commitment to working for the 10-month school year, with option to continue in the summer.

To apply, please submit resume with cover letter to Erin Karnofski, Head of School, at

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