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. 

How to apply:

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

Open Positions

Preschool Assistant Teacher

The ideal candidates will be friendly, organized, motivated, flexible individuals dedicated to creating a quality, personalized learning experience for all students.

Associates or Bachelors degree in education or relevant field
One year or more relevant teaching experience 
Montessori Training or Certification Preferred 
Job Type: Full-time 

Associates or Bachelors Degree 

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation: $15.00 to $18.00 /hour

Montessori Certification Preferred

Aftercare Teacher 

This is a part time position (approx. 20 hours per week).  The hours of the position are from 2:45 until 5:45 Monday- Friday with additional prep time built in.  

Under the supervision of the Director, the candidate will be responsible for teaching in the DMS Aftercare Program.   The candidate selected for this position will be responsible for providing enriching and engaging learning and play activities as well as providing a safe and secure environment in which the children can rest and relax from the long school day.


1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and meet the requirements of the CYFD licensing agency.

2. Must have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children and families and be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with Desert Montessori’s program and philosophy.  

Applicants should have at least 2 years relevant teaching experience and strong interest in the Montessori philosophy and pedagogical style.  Montessori certification is not required. Candidate should be eager to learn and willing to participate professional development and training around the Montessori philosophy and approach.

Two Years relevant experience

Job Type: Part-time (20 hours)

Compensation:  $15 to $20 per hour based on experience

Montessori Certification (Preferred but Not-Required)


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