30 Mar 2020

Wanted: Elementary Assistant/Portuguese Language Teacher from Sep 2020

Wanted: Elementary Assistant/Portuguese Language Teacher from Sep 2020

Position offered – permanent


Lisbon Montessori School

Rua de Santana 1696, Alto do Cobre

2750-833 Cascais


About Lisbon Montessori School
We are an independent, international, English-based Montessori school in the Lisbon area uniting Portuguese and international communities of students and their families. As a community of educators, we are driven by a desire to bring about widespread change in education through Montessori while meeting the needs of our students. Our goal is to cultivate minds for lives of wonder, work, and love. We work together to challenge all students to think for themselves, pursue their ideas and become lifelong learners for today and tomorrow’s world. Learn more about us on our website:


Job Description 

Lisbon Montessori School is seeking a unique candidate who can serve two roles while being able to speak both, English (advanced) and Portuguese (proficient).  The first is an enthusiastic, adaptable elementary assistant to help provide a warm and nurturing environment under the direction of the lead teacher who is trained in the Montessori Method (AMI). The second role is to help establish and maintain Portuguese as a Second Language program for our small but quickly growing elementary community. This is a full-time position and a great opportunity to work in a Montessori elementary-aged classroom with a trained Montessori teacher helping children discover and develop their unique strengths and passions.


The role of the Elementary Assistant is to support the students and teacher in all aspects of the 6-12 age elementary classroom. General responsibilities include:


  • Support students in specific subject areas or lessons as directed by the lead teacher
  • Provide consistent support for students on remedial skills including math, language and reading
  • Help maintain attendance and other written or electronic records
  • Assist in responsibilities at arrival and dismissal times
  • Supervise the students daily at lunch and recess periods and take the lead during other times of day when the teacher may be out of the classroom
  • Assist in preparing, organising and cleaning the classroom shelves and materials
  • Observe student behaviours and step in when appropriate, communicating student progress or concerns with the lead teacher
  • Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions
  • Support classroom events and trips including, but not limited to: day trips, camping trips, presentations, and performances


The secondary role of Portuguese Language Specialist responsibilities: 

  • Manage and educate non-Portuguese speaking students the basic foundation of the language both in conversation, reading, and writing 
  • Develop and implement engaging lesson plans which reflect Montessori approaches
  • Maintain positive relationships with students and parents
  • Document and share student evaluations


Qualifications and Traits

  • Experience working with elementary aged children, preferably in an educational or related setting
  • Demonstrated ability to provide initiative-based support and assistance
  • Ability to build rapport with students with a warm and firm demeanour
  • Effective communicator, verbal and written, with children and adults 
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Has the ability to adapt to a variety of settings and environments
  • Basic understanding of a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development
  • Fluent in both Portuguese and English
  • Holds a secondary degree preferably in education, Portuguese as a Foreign Language
  • Shows flexibility, initiative, and personal responsibility to work in fast-paced, new environment
  • Work collaboratively, give and receive feedback, with a growth mindset


In conclusion, we seek a positive role model who embraces life-long learning and demonstrates a strong work ethic as well as a collaborative approach to education. They must have an ability to relate sensitively to children, a high degree of emotional maturity and stability, and the good judgment to handle a crisis should it occur. Montessori training is not required, but a passion for Montessori philosophy and methods and a strong desire to learn about the Montessori approach to education are preferred.

Additional Information
LMS offers a competitive salary, paid holidays, professional development opportunities, free school tuition to the children of our staff, beautiful working environments, and the opportunity to work with a passionate community of educators who are dedicated to nourishing children’s natural love of learning. Full-time employment to start ideally in September 2020.


Please send your resume and cover letter to Ivona Rozanovska to,Tel: +351 939 016 234