The Montessori Teacher

Roles and Responsibilities

The time-tested “Montessori” educational model and name is over 100 years old.  It remains a cutting-edge model of education, if applied authentically.  In order to maintain our commitment to providing a superlative, authentic Montessori school system, Lakeland Montessori requires:

  • all lead classroom teachers must hold or be enrolled to receive their Montessori credentials for the age levels they are teaching.  Separate, specific Montessori credentials are required for age 3-6, age 6-9, age 9-12, and age 12-15.  For example, a teacher that is Montessori certified for age 3-6 may not teach age 9-12 students unless they hold or are enrolled to receive the Montessori credential for that age level.
  • all lead classroom teachers must hold or be enrolled to receive Montessori credentials issued by a  Montessori teacher education program that is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
  • all lead classroom teachers must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • all lead classroom teachers must have a State of Florida Teaching Certificate.

by Anne Burke Neubert
“A Way of Learning” (1973)

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Following are the elements present in the special role of the Montessori teacher:

  • The Montessori teacher is the dynamic link between the child and the Prepared Environment.
  • She is a systematic observer of the child and an interpreter of his needs.
  • He is an experimenter, tailoring the environment to meet his perceptions of the child’s needs and interests, and objectively noting the results.
  • The Montessori teacher is a programer, preparing the environment and keeping it in perfect condition, adding to it and removing materials as needed.
  • She is an evaluator, judging the effectiveness of her own work and the environment every day. She must also evaluate the progress of each child.
  • He respects and protects the child. He must know when to step in and set limits or lend a helping hand, and when it is in the child’s best interests to step back and not interfere.
  • The Montessori teacher is a supporter, offering warmth, security, stability, and non-judgmental acceptance to each child.
  • She is a facilitator of communication among the children and of the child’s effort to communicate with her. She must also interpret the child’s progress and her work to parents, the school staff, and the community.
  • He is a demonstrator, presenting clear, interesting and relevant lessons to the child. His role is to seduce the child into spontaneous fascination with the materials through his demonstrations.
  • The Montessori teacher is a consistent good example of desirable behavior for the children, following the ground-rules of the class herself, and exhibiting a sense of calm, consistency, grace and courtesy, and demonstrating respect for every child.
  • He is a peacemaker, consistently working to teach courteous behaviors and conflict resolution.
  • The Montessori teacher is a diagnostician, able to interpret the patterns of diversity, and non-judgmental acceptance to each child.