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Pre-school Head of Department & Lead Teacher

Basic Salary: R20,000 - R25,000 TCTC (Depending on experience)
Location: ZA, Western Cape, Cape Town – Oranjezicht
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract with possibility of permanency 

Starting Date: 31 March 2023

We are seeking a proven and energetic educator, with staff management experience, who is passionate about the Montessori philosophy and principles and loves tackling new challenges to fill a position in our Pre-school phase (3-6).  

This role presents itself as a teaching and staff management role and is primarily responsible for leading a team to deliver high-quality educational experiences while contributing to enhancing the curriculum for our Pre-school Program, alongside a young and passionate team of guides and in partnership with the Head of Education.


The ideal candidate should have a positive personality, a growth mindset, excellent interpersonal skills, and an unbridled passion for – and commitment to – changing the world (yes, the world) through high-quality Montessori education.

Responsibilities include:

Student experience:

  • Develop a variety of teaching and instructional resources for individuals and groups of students.

  • Create, capture and conduct lesson plans for the Pre-school Program.

  • Monitor the academic performance of the students, using data and metrics aligned with the outcomes of the lesson plans that are in line with Montessori standards.

  • Monitor at-risk students and the effectiveness of planned interventions and employ bespoke remediation strategies to enable student academic progress.

  • Work with class teachers to foster and monitor the social-emotional development of each student.

  • Review holistic performance of students on a regular basis.

  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities and organisations as required. 

  • Coordinate and facilitate excursions, experiments, speakers etc. 

  • Supplement the learning path with additional resources that support the teachers in partnership with the Head of Education. 



  • Mentoring, coaching, developing, and motivating the teachers in your team to enable them to facilitate transformative learning experiences.

  • Using the Montessori philosophy and core principles to ensure that the quality of content meets the required standards.

  • Update student records with socio-emotional, behavioural and academic insights gained through teacher-student interactions.

  • Meet with the teachers in your team to identify student progress, trends and ways to improve the program.

  • Be the first line of escalation with your team with regards to any operational or educational issues that need to be discussed with the Management Team. 

Community of practise:

  • Engage in lesson observations with fellow teachers as HOD and in partnership with the Head of Education to maintain quality assurance of instruction in line with Stepping Stones Teaching and Learning approach and to enable personal and peer improvement through feedback, coaching and mentorship.

  • Engage in regular professional development opportunities to further a deep knowledge and understanding of the Montessori philosophy.

  • Engage in advancing educational knowledge and practice to enable teachers to enhance their thinking, evidence-based decision making, and engagement in the professional community of educators within the Montessori community. 

Key requirements for the role:

  • 3-5 years teaching experience at Pre-school level, with either BEd or PGCE qualification. 

  • Experience in staff management/leading a team is advantageous. 

  • Experience in curriculum building. 

  • Ability to engage with students from various backgrounds and cultures is key to a successful teaching experience.

  • Adept in a technological environment.

  • Operationally savvy.

  • Professional proficiency in English (isiXhosa advantageous but not required).

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Excellent administrative and reporting skills.

  • Must be comfortable working independently and leading a team.

  • Valid South African Police clearance required.

  • SACE registration or eligible to apply for SACE.

  • Sexual Offenders Affidavit required.


Personal skills and attributes:

  • Obsessed with making a lasting, positive impact. 

  • The ability to elicit the best from teachers and students through excellent rapport, meaningful engagement and sincere commitment to their success.

  • Ability to engage with students from diverse environments, cultures and communities.

  • Must be able to take initiative as well as self-audit.

  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Strong organisational skills and flexibility.

  • An ‘excellence’ mindset.

If you are passionate about the Montessori philosophy and looking to take the next step in your career or seeking a new challenge, please submit your comprehensive CV with contactable references to


Closing date: 20 March 2023


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