Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County Lead Teacher Keene, NH · Full time Company website

Join our dedicated team at Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County, where we create a nurturing and stimulating environment for young learners. As a Lead Teacher, you'll have the opportunity to develop and implement a rich Montessori curriculum, collaborate with passionate Associate Teachers, and engage with supportive families. If you are committed to fostering a love for learning and helping children thrive, we invite you to be part of our vibrant Montessori community.


Position: Lead Teacher

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week

Location: Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County

About Us

Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County is dedicated to providing high-quality early childhood education. We are committed to fostering a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.

Role Overview

The Lead Teacher is responsible for creating a positive and enriching learning environment for young children. This role involves planning and implementing educational activities, managing classroom dynamics, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all students. The Lead Teacher will work closely with Associate Teachers and other staff members to deliver a comprehensive educational program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Curriculum Development and Implementation:
  • Plan and execute a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of all children.
  • Integrate Montessori methods and materials.
  • Develop lesson plans that promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
  • Classroom Management:
  • Create a safe, clean, and engaging classroom environment.
  • Maintain accurate records of each child’s progress and development.
  • Manage classroom behavior using positive discipline techniques.
  • Family Engagement:
  • Communicate regularly with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress and any concerns.
  • Conduct parent-teacher conferences to discuss development and strategies for support.
  • Professional Development:
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
  • Stay current with Montessori education best practices and licensing requirements.
  • Team Collaboration:
  • Collaborate with other teachers and staff to create a cohesive and supportive educational environment.
  • Mentor and support Associate Teachers.


  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED, HiSet, or TASC).
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Meet one of the following criteria as per NH childcare licensing guidelines:
  1. A minimum of 18 credits in related coursework, including at least 3 credits in child or human growth and development, plus 1000 hours of experience in a licensed childcare program or public/private elementary school.
  2. A minimum of 12 credits in related coursework, plus 3000 hours of experience.
  3. Non-expired Child Development Associate (CDA) in center-based programs.
  4. Credential from a teacher preparation program accredited by MACTE.
  5. Five years as a licensed family childcare provider with no enforcement actions.
  6. Completion of the New Hampshire Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program.
  7. 1000 hours of supervised childcare experience and completion of a 2-year vocational course in career and technical education with an additional 9 credits in related coursework.
  8. Documentation of qualification and employment as a lead teacher on or before November 6, 2017.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Montessori associate or full credential.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.

Desired Skills

  • Strong understanding of child development and early childhood education principles.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage a classroom effectively and create a positive learning environment.
  • Proficiency in planning and implementing age-appropriate activities.
  • Compassion, patience, and a genuine love for working with young children.


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Health savings account (matching)
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance


$24 - $26 per hour