Work with us!  

Are you a passionate and dedicated teacher? Do you want to be part of a team of educators focused on inspiring and enriching young lives?

Located in beautiful Santa Fe, NM, Desert Montessori is a school any educator would be proud to be a part of.  We believe in the power of student- teacher relationships so all of our classrooms have two full-time teachers (a lead and a assistant). Our teacher-to-student ratios are about 1:7, sometimes even smaller. Desert Montessori provides and incredibly supportive work environment with continuing opportunities for self-care, professional development, and competitive salaries.

Important things to know about DMS

Students are our focus. We make decisions based on what we believe to be best for them. We believe in every student’s potential. If something isn’t working, we never place blame; we try something else and we keep trying until we find a way in. It is our job to reach them. We adapt to meet their needs instead of asking them to adapt to meet ours.

-Teachers are learners too. We must be learning as much or more than our students at all times. Our teachers are inspired life-long learners who take charge of their own professional development. At DMS, we are constantly improving ourselves through our own research, reading, peer collaboration, online training, school training and pretty much anything else that helps us improve. We operate from a growth mindset believing that there is always room for improvement and always more to learn. PD is school supported and collaboratively designed based on the school’s mission along with your own professional goals and needs.

-Open communication empowers us all to accomplish these first two goals. We can’t support kids if we don’t communicate openly. Teachers at DMS are honest with themselves and others. Effective professional development only happens when we communicate honestly about our professional strengths, weaknesses and needs. We foster a collaborative community of professionals committed to doing the work that matters most.

These are our core values that help us achieve the best for our students and ourselves dependent on experience and credentials.

To apply:  please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to

Open Positions

Lead PreK/Kindergarten Montessori Teacher

Desert Montessori School is currently looking for a Lead Teacher in our Primary Classroom (PreK and Kindergarten combined classroom) to start immediately. The ideal candidate will be a friendly, organized, motivated, flexible individual dedicated to creating a quality, personalized, primary experience for students in preschool and kindergarten.

The Lead Teacher/Guide is responsible for all aspects of classroom life including classroom organization, outdoor education, service project integration, lesson planning, record-keeping, progress reports, parent interactions and attendance at relevant school functions.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, Montessori Training or Certification and at least 2 years relevant teaching experience. Candidate should be eager to learn and willing to participate professional development and training.

Candidates should be creative, industrious and dedicated to creating and sustaining the highest-quality educational environment for each and every child.


Please send a cover letter, resumé, and three references.

Bachelors or Masters Degree in Education or relevant field
Two Years relevant experience working with preschool and kindergarten age students

Job Type: Full-time

Bachelors or Masters Degree

Montessori Certification