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For over 20 years, Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy has paved the way as a successful model for private Catholic education. Of the thousands of private and hundreds of public Montessori schools in the United States, there are only about 25 private, Catholic Montessori Schools in the entire country. Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy is the only Catholic Montessori School in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

What we do no one else does. We’d love to see what you can do with us.

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Montessori Primary Directress (3-6)

Cardinal Bernardin seeks a cheerful, gentle, and energetic individual to lead a Primary (ages 3-6) Montessori classroom. This is a full-time opportunity to work with incredible children and an amazing team that starts next August.


  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and application of Montessori principles
  • Create and maintain a neat, well-organized, and prepared environment that fosters Montessori learning
  • Supervise and support Teaching Assistant by offering guidance through presentations as needed, mentoring in the Montessori philosophy, and engaging in productive dialogue
  • Keep daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans, which describe lessons given, curriculum covered, and observation notes for each child, that are turned in when directed
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development
  • Update all necessary records as required by laws, school policies, and regulations
  • Make materials when and where needed while maintaining classroom supply
  • Develop close and effective relationships with parents to help support their children’s progress
  • Participate in professional activities prepared by the Principal, which include workshops, meetings, and planning sessions


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • AML, AMS, NCME, and/or MACTE credential (3-6 preferred; we will provide a paid internship in pursuit of completion of Montessori credential if needed)
  • Effective verbal and written communicator
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to a variety of settings and environments
  • Basic understanding of a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development


As a directress, you’ll work for dedicated parents and children in the large, airy classrooms of our school’s beautiful 2-acre urban campus in Lincoln Park. This position offers competitive pay and is eligible for excellent benefits, including ongoing paid professional development. Archdiocesan benefits are also available.

Please send a cover letter and resume to to apply. Please be prepared to provide 2 letters of recommendation and 2 professional references on request.