Palisades Montessori, Washington D.C., A-I Guide and Assistant Openings

Palisades Montessori Infant and Toddler Center

Opportunity Description – Lead Guide and Assistant Openings


Ready to share your vision and inspiration for how children should be loved and supported during their early days of tremendous opportunity in our Nation’s Capitol?  A new Montessori infant and toddler center, situated in the beautiful Palisades neighborhood, is opening soon and we are looking for both Lead Guides and Assistants to become part of the core team.   Situated in Washington DC’s Ward 3, the Center will help fill a childcare void in this incredibly special community.  Please check out our FAQs HERE before you APPLY HERE.

Please note that for Lead Guides, an AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) credential is highly preferred as we work to become a world-class Montessori program.

Your Legacy

As a Lead Guide or Assistant, you will impact the growth and development of up to 47 infants and toddlers, as you support a world-class, Montessori-inspired program.  By channeling your deep belief in the potential of all children, you will provide exceptional care to your students that rivals the love and support they receive at home.  You’ll have the unique opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds of families across Washington, DC.

Your Charge (What You’ll Be Doing)

  • Flawlessly teach or assist in a world-class Montessori center.  Manage and deliver upon the Center’s curriculum, daily schedule, supplies and everything else involved in day-to-day operations.

  • Be an enthusiastic and committed member of a high-performing team.  You will be part of a team of up to nine other staff whose skill sets and personalities will mesh well together and support the growth of each child.

  • Optimize learning.  Your loving care for the children in the Center will be a part of growing and evolving the Center over time.  You will work hard every day to ensure all children receive the best possible care.

How You’ll Go About It (while not all of these are requirements, our strongest applicants will see themselves in more of these competencies than not):

  • You are a believer.  Your total, soul-level commitment to the development and potential of young children is seen, heard and felt by the children, parents and communities you serve.

  • You are a team player.  Those around you say that your professionalism makes them feel like you truly care.  You are never “casual” in a way that undermines trust.  You understand that organizations have multiple moving pieces, and you work to make sure all the details fit together seamlessly in order to provide the best possible support to each child.

  • You are a self-starter with vision.  On a daily basis, your colleagues would describe you as someone who can “just get it done!” Even while being highly capable managing the day-to-day, you dream about what could be, and are always iterating to create improvements that provide an even better experience for the families you serve.  

Brass Tacks:

  • If the above speaks to you, we’re excited to learn more about you!  Please contact Heather Gustafson at

  • Start date - We imagine a start date in the month of October 2018.  See FAQs for more detail

  • Daily schedule: This is a full-time job; you can anticipate working the full hours that the Center is operational

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

  • Healthcare coverage option

Karey Lontz