Salary: N120,000 – N150,000 based on experience
Experience: 2-4 years teaching Primary Education Level
Number of subordinates: Level: Reports To: PROGRAM TEAM LEAD
Mission/ Core purpose of the Job: (Job Summary)
The Montessori Directress is a guide who helps direct his/her students’ activities academically, spiritually,
emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment that challenges each child to reach
his/her fullest potential in these developmental areas, in accordance with Montessori philosophy and
procedures for the age group in which a Montessori diploma is held.
Required Spiritual Qualities
It is expected that the Montessori Directress will:
1) Acknowledge Christ as Savior and seek to live life as His disciple.
2) Believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God—our
standard for faith and practice.
3) Believe and actively support the school’s statement of faith.
4) Demonstrate a desire for spiritual growth as evidenced by his or her prayer life, Bible study, and
spiritual outreach to others.
5) Be a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others (Luke 6:40). This includes
being committed to God’s biblical standards for sexual conduct.
6) Evidence the fruit of the Spirit in dealing with people.
7) Share the Christian faith with others.
8) Have a Christ-centered home.
9) Actively participate in a local Bible-believing church.
10) Have a conviction that God has called him/her to Christian school ministry.
11) Reflect the purpose of the school, which is to “Educate the total child for God and humanity”.
Maintain high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters.
12) Follow the Matthew 18 principle in dealing with conflict with students, parents, staff, and
13) Motivate students to accept God’s gift of salvation, and be a Christian witness and role model to
them in order to help them grow in their faith.
14) Lead students to a realization of their self-worth in Christ.
15) Ensure that the classroom work environment is Christian-based, nurturing, wholesome, and loving.
16) Work with the administration and staff to address the spiritual formation needs of the students.
17) Carry out Christ-centered counseling with students and staff.
18) Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian philosophy of education that will
help in providing leadership and guidance in the school’s development of and commitment to a
19) Integrate biblical principles and the Christian worldview throughout the curriculum and activities.
20) Ensure that his or her school classroom reflects a professional and Christian environment.
SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS RELATING TO TEACHING, EDUCATION AND THE CLASSROOM
The specific duties of the Montessori Teacher shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, the
1) Develop lesson plans and manage the learning experiences for students to ensure the needs of the
groups and individual students are met.
2) Assist students toward self-directed learning and normalization.
3) Demonstrate rapport with, and respect and kindness for, the students.
4) Coordinate curriculum implementation with the Specialty Teachers.
5) Maintain an on-going dialogue between Specialty Teachers, the Bridge Team and Montessori
6) Protect the privacy and confidentiality of each student of the class.
7) Maintain current attendance records.
8) Maintain current and accurate academic records.
9) Submit academic records and other records during the year as requested by the Learning Director.
10) Prepare written student evaluations of each child’s academic development and social behavior at
the end of each term and at other times as required by the Learning Director.
11) Hold three formal conferences yearly with parents concerning the child’s progress and specific
needs, and communicate regularly with parents with regard to their child’s specific needs.
12) Accept responsibility (along with the Assistant) for the safety and physical well-being of the
children under his/her supervision. The children are never to be left alone.
13) Train and supervise children in the execution of Fire Drills. The routine is to be clearly established
and the building exited with dispatch and order.
14) Report any and all accidents/incidents at once. File an “Incident Report Form” as appropriate.
1) Prepare an environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete, attractive, and
correspond to the needs of the group.
2) Be responsible for the care and maintenance of classroom materials; i.e maintain a safe and orderly
environment. The children are to be brought into this responsibility.
3) Maintain an inventory of the classroom, with the help of the school office.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SCHOOL
1) Always be reminded of good public relations. The staff and students of Discovery House
Montessori School serve as its brand, so be sure to represent it well.
2) Assist in planning and attending school events.
3) Attend staff meetings, Faculty Retreat, and any special meeting(s) as reasonably requested by the
Learning Director, and as mutually agreed upon.
4) Attend all pre-planned in-service training sessions (approved by the Learning Director).
1) Assist in interviewing and hiring an Assistant/co-directress for his/her classroom when necessary.
2) Give demonstration lessons to Assistant
3) .Mentor Assistant in the Montessori philosophy.
4) Be available to the Assistant/Co-directress to provide opportunities to share questions and
5) Supervise and evaluate the Assistant/Co-directress on a regular basis, both formally and informally.
6) Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common
7) Notify the Learning Director immediately of personal difficulties with children, parents or staff.
8) Establish positive relationship with parents of the students.
9) Communicate and cooperate with classroom representatives.
10) Communicate and cooperate with the Learning Director, Administrator and Central
11) Submit articles for the Newsletter and other publications when appropriate.
12) Assist with other projects, programs and planning as assigned by the Learning Director and/or
relating to the classroom and curriculum.
Direct Reports: Reports to Level Administrator (0 to 6) or Learning Director (6 to 12)
Key Competencies: Knowledge, skills and personal attributes
1) Knowledge of Montessori philosophy and methods of instruction.
2) Knowledge of child growth/development and child behavior characteristics.
3) Knowledge of safety practices in classroom and playground activities.
4) Knowledge of health and safety regulations.
5) Knowledge of First aid and CPR applications/techniques.
6) Knowledge of the theories/stages of human development, mile stones and behavioral norms.
7) Great interest in education and working with children
8) Sufficient knowledge of learning differences and developmental delays, in order to understand
fully the specific needs of the child.
9) Knowledge on methods of observation and measurements.
10) Knowledge of the rules of classroom management.
1) Self-Regulation – Ability to maintain composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger,
and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in difficult situations.
2) Observant – Ability to pay attention to details.
3) Oral Expression – Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will
4) Written Expression – Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will
5) Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented
through spoken words and sentences.
6) Written Comprehension – Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in
7) Speech Clarity – Ability to speak clearly so others will understand (speech is devoid of traditional
8) Speech Recognition – Ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
9) Deductive Reasoning – Ability to draw unbiased conclusions from observations, ability to apply
general rules to specific problems to produce sensible answers.
10) Stamina – Ability to exert herself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or
out of breath.
11) Near Vision – Ability to see details at close range.
REQUIRED SKILLS ————
1) Instructing – Possesses an engaging instructional manner i.e. can engage others to direct them on
2) Speaking – Talks to others to convey information effectively.
3) Learning Strategies – Follows instructional methods and procedures given for the situation when
new things are to be taught.
4) Active Listening – Gives full attention to what others are saying, taking time to understand the
points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
5) Active Learning – Understands the implications of new information for both current and future
problem-solving and decision- making.
6) Social Perceptiveness – Is aware of others’ reactions and understands why they react as they do.
7) Critical Thinking – Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative
solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
8) Judgment & decision Making – Considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to
choose the most appropriate one.
9) Time Management–Manages own time and the time of others.
10) Reading Comprehension – Understands written sentences and paragraphs in work related
It is expected that the Montessori Directress will:
1) Sign and live by the school’s lifestyle statement as a condition for employment and continued
employment in this ministry.
2) Have the spiritual maturity, academic ability, and personal leadership qualities to “train a child in
the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6, NIV).
3) Be an enthusiastic visionary, an encourager, and a self-starter with a high energy level. Understand
the importance of a small school and be willing to put forth extra effort as the school grows and
changes. Flexibility is key.
4) Demonstrate sensitivity toward staff, parent, volunteers, and children, and an ability to interact
effectively with them.
5) Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.
6) Understand the importance of discernment, discretion, and confidentiality in the operation of the
classroom and school.
7) Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with courtesy,
patience, friendliness, dignity, respect, and a good sense of humor.
8) Defend principles and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence.
9) Recognize his/her mistakes and take measures to correct them.
10) Be a team player.
11) Respectfully submit and be loyal to constituted authority.
12) Place his/her school ministry ahead of other jobs or volunteer activities.
13) Maintain a personal appearance that is a Christian role model of cleanliness, modesty, and good
taste consistent with school policy.
14) Participate in continuous professional development through professional reading, college course
work, in-services, workshops, and conferences.
Qualifications and Experiences
1) Must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or a post-graduate degree in Education from an
accredited college or university.
2) Need to be registered with the Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)
3) Demonstrate ability to teach students well at the specified grade level.
4) Demonstrate a proficient level of computer literacy, having a basic proficiency in doing word
processing, creating and using a spreadsheet, e-mailing, and accessing the Internet.
5) Possess evidence of other adequate preparation, background, or experience as determined by the
6) Minimum of 2 years working experience in this field.
Administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.