Elementary (6-12) Guide

The Montessori School of Tokyo (MST) is seeking a full-time guide to work in our Elementary (EL) programme no later than August 2023. The ideal candidate will be a masterful, thoughtful, and compassionate Montessori educator who supports and nurtures the social/emotional development of the students in their care. They are an enlightened generalist who inspires the children to explore all areas of the curriculum.

Primary Role 

  • To work as a teacher who ignites the spark of interest in each individual child and supports them in their developmental needs. 


  • Maintain a safe physical and emotional environment which encourages respect and understanding between students and faculty in the Elementary community and is consistent with Montessori pedagogy. 
  • Maintain and protect the three-hour work period each morning. 
  • Plan and deliver presentations to students on a regular basis. 
  • Observe students on a regular basis. 
  • Help students to concentrate and find joy in their work. 
  • Ensure the environment is clean, beautiful, orderly, and prepared for students at all times. 
  • Make materials as needed. 
  • Help students to navigate peer conflict. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, and faculty. 
  • Provide feedback about student progress to parents that includes, but is not limited to, twice yearly progress reports and learning conferences, as well as impromptu parent meetings when needed.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, teaching partners, assistants and others within the Elementary teaching team.
  • Attend school community events such as Back to School events, Montessori Journey, other parent ed offerings, etc.
  • Ensure that Transparent Classroom and other tools are up to date and lessons are recorded on a regular basis.
  • Post content on the appropriate social media channels to support wider understanding of MST’s elementary programme. 
  • Other duties (determined by school administration) that support school operations such as screening of new students, garden or recess duty, street duty, field trip chaperone or special event attendance.
  • Plan, attend, support, and participate in Elementary trips e.g. Elementary Camp, Upper Elementary Ski Trip (if applicable, etc.) 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required 


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 
  • AMI 6-12 Diploma or currently enrolled in/willing to complete an AMI 6-12 Diploma 
  • Native English speaker OR fluent and highly proficient in English, both written and spoken 
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication, interpersonal, organisational, and problem-solving skills 
  • Works calmly and effectively under pressure 
  • Communicates appropriately, collaboratively, and respectfully with students, parents, and colleagues 
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Willingness to work for at least 3 years at MST 
  • Ability to adapt to living in a Japanese environment


  • 3 years experience as a guide in a Montessori 6-12 programme
  • Experience living abroad or significant experience with a culture other than one’s own

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, CV and full academic transcripts to [email protected], explaining why you are interested, and a suitable candidate for this job. 

This recruitment process is open immediately and we will be receiving and processing applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates who meet the above requirements will be contacted.

10 November 2022