• Upper Elementary Guide

    We are looking for a Guide with a deep curiosity about life, a lifelong love of learning, a willingness to learn from failure, and an entrepreneurial spirit. We seek a Guide who loves to experiment, evaluate, and improve on everything they do. Candidates should be proficient in written and oral communication skills and be comfortable using and learning various technology tools. And most importantly, candidates should have a deep respect for all children.

    Responsibilities include:

    Oversee a class of approximately 10 students in grades 3-5. The Guide will be responsible for facilitating the growth and development of a studio culture of hard work, high standards, warmth and joy.

  • The Guides will work in partnership with the Academic Director to:

    • Hold students accountable for their promises and for delivering "the best they can do" as they discover and pursue a calling on a hero's journey.

    • Learn how to present learning materials to students and support students in the use of those materials

    • Create personal/group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community and inspire students to uphold promises to learners, parents, fellow guides, and directors

    • Encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents, peers, and apprenticeship employers what they can do

    • Pass along responsibilities to learners as quickly as possible to empower them to lead themselves

    • Evaluate and refine existing curriculum, designing and experimenting with new projects, tools, and approaches

    • Launch and lead Socratic (question-driven) group discussions.

    • Help organize, execute, and host our annual Children's Business Fair

    • Co-create and launch quests (projects), including daily challenges and curating world-class examples. Supply a positive classroom environment and set up a classroom as inspiration for learning

    • Demonstrate a deep commitment to the success of Acton Academy

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    This is a position for an independent learner who can take direction and work with little direct guidance; someone who likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate, and continually improve; and a flexible problem-solver. It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard, and is an active reader and writer. Preference will be given to applicants with Montessori training and/or experience working in a learner led educational setting.

  • Basic Qualifications

    • 2+ years of experience leading children in a non-traditional environment (Montessori, Reggio Emilia, homeschool, nature-based, etc) or a classroom setting operated with non-traditional practices (preferred but not required).
    • AMI, AMS, MACTE or NAMC Montessori certification (preferred but not required).
    • Those with youth coach, youth pastor, camp counselor or youth guide positions may also be considered for this role. This person must have a love for children, an open mind, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to learn.

    The Ideal Guide

    • Is curious, lifelong learners who would rather be surprised than right.
    • They are storytellers that understand how to deliver compelling narratives that help learners connect real-world skills and challenges to their Hero's Journey.
    • They are more interested in playing the role of a Gamemaker, working in the background, than taking center stage in a classroom.
    • They believe that every young person who walks through our doors is a genius.
    • They are willing to remain Socratic at all times, answering questions with better questions, to engage the learners in deeper thinking and independence.
  • Benefits

    We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, knowledge, English level and demonstrated leadership performance, plus a performance-based bonus structure, and discounted tuition for team members. The position also provides opportunities for professional development, growth, and advancement.


    7:50AM - 3:50PM, Monday - Friday. Ample time off for school holidays.

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