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International Montessori School is a wonderful, diverse environment where teachers and families of many cultures, languages, and backgrounds come together in a supportive and engaging community.  International Montessori School is a non-profit, independent school located in central North Carolina approximately 10 minutes south of Duke University and fifteen minutes north of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.   As part of the Triangle area, Durham is three hours from the NC beaches, two hours from the NC mountains, and is rich with outdoor activities, cultural events and college sports.

Our school offers a benefits package including medical and dental benefits, life insurance, paid time off, and support for professional development as well as the opportunity for faculty and staff to work in their native language every day while helping children uncover their potential, become bilingual and bicultural, and develop into competent, compassionate and curious global citizens.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for IMS?

As you read these questions, do you see yourself?  If so, we would love to talk to you about an open position or a possible future position!  We are a growing school with a recent expansion of our Upper Elementary program and future development of an Adolescent program.

  • Do you marvel at children and find yourself observing them to see just what they will do and where their inquiries will take them?
  • Is your focus on helping children uncover and develop their abilities and interests across a variety of disciplines?
  • Do you see yourself as more of a coach or guide than a conduit of knowledge?
  • Are you a life-long learner who gets as excited about new discoveries and new opportunities to grow?
  • Are you peaceful and joyful?
  • Do you have a strong academic background that provides a rich foundation of knowledge and learning from which to draw for elementary and adolescent positions?
  • Do you want to help build a school program that is well-respected in the community and unique across the country?
  • Do you consider your multilingual and multicultural background and experience not only enriching, but also key to being a strong contributor to our global society?

Open Positions

Our ideal candidate is creative and has strong knowledge of upper elementary program structures. In addition, the candidate is interested in building a rich program leading to increased enrollment. This person is comfortable working in a collaborative, co-teaching model and is eager to be a key contributor to moving our young upper elementary program forward. In addition to requiring very strong written and spoken English communication skills, it is helpful to have proficiency in another language and/or experience in a language immersion setting (although not required). The language of instruction in the classroom is English.

Key Requirements

  • Love of the uniqueness of students in the second plane of development.
  • Willingness to collaborate with the upper elementary teachers from the immersion classrooms.
  • Interest in coordinating goings out, including over night trips, with the upper elementary students.
  • Strength in a project-based, highly integrated approach to applying the Montessori philosophy.
  • High comfort level with current and new technology.
  • Upper elementary certification from a MACTE-accredited program
  • 5+ years experience as a guide in an upper elementary Montessori classroom

In this position, you will be part of a multilingual team with the existing upper elementary teachers in French, Spanish, and Chinese and will be supported by the Director of Programs who served as the upper elementary English teacher for the last three years.  The team will collaborate closely to ensure program integrity and cohesion across the languages.

This position is a full-time position and typically over a ten-month school calendar. The 2020-2021 school year will be slightly longer due to the current pandemic. A competitive salary and health, vision, and dental benefits are available.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.  We are working to fill this position as soon as possible.  Newly hired staff will begin the school year July 30, 2020.

International Montessori School is seeking a co-lead teacher for our elementary (6-12) program to join our team beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. Our elementary class is a full immersion program in which the Montessori curriculum is implemented 100% in Spanish. Our students have typically come through our Spanish immersion primary program or from other Spanish immersion programs outside of our area.  Most of our students come from English-speaking homes or have at least one parent who speaks English as their native language.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Native or near native fluency in Spanish
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent
  • Facility with and openness to technology
  • Elementary Montessori certification from a MACTE-accredited program
  • Three to four years of experience as an elementary Montessori guide
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a co-teaching setting
  • Existing US work authorization

Our ideal candidate has a passion for guiding young people, is a lifelong learner, and thrives in a collaborative, international culture. In addition, our ideal candidate has experience in a language immersion or dual language program.

This position is a full-time position and typically over a ten-month school calendar. The 2020-2021 school year will be slightly longer due to the current pandemic. A competitive salary and health, vision, and dental benefits are available.

All interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to Angela Bailey, Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.  We are working to fill this position as soon as possible.  Newly hired staff will begin the school year July 30, 2020.

We are looking for speakers of French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish who love young children, have experience with these age groups, and are interested in part-time work.  Our part-time substitute teachers would assist the lead teacher when the second classroom teacher is absent and could also be called to supervise and nurture our children primarily during lunch, playground, and naps times while our lead teachers take their lunch breaks and planning time. Because our substitutes are typically joining a classroom teacher or assistant, assignment hours could be from 7:45 or 8:00 to 3:30, from 10:45 to 1:00, or from 2:30 to 5:45, depending on the circumstance. We have flexible work times that could be ideal for university students or parents wishing to be available for their children when they return from school.   We will provide training in support of our language immersion and Montessori approach for qualified candidates.

How to Apply


Unless otherwise noted in the individual position, all interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a current resume/CV to the Head of School at hiring@imsnc.org.

Be sure to include your thoughts on the following topics in your cover letter:

  • how you came to Montessori education or why you would be interested in a child-centered program that is aligned with the development of the child and that focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive growth of the child.
  • why you wish to teach in a language immersion setting
  • your perspective on the child’s role and the teacher’s role in the classroom
Applicants for the academic year must already have US work authorization for August through June. We are an eVerify organization.