School Teacher
Acton Academy
Charlotte, NC US
Posted ago
Acton Academy

LEAD GUIDE for Grade 1-4 (Ages 6-10)

Acton Academy Charlotte is seeking a guide who is ready to change the world of education. We have an opening coming August of 2022 for our new pre-school/kindergarten and middle school.

Do you believe that children are more powerful than we ever imagined? Do you believe that children should be the primary drivers of their learning, the architects of their own education and life's calling? Do you believe Montessori principles give children a solid foundation for learning?

If you answered “yes!” to these questions, then we'd love to explore how you can join our team of passionate Montessorians, entrepreneurs, and innovators in a revolutionary school in Charlotte.

A Deeper Look:

Students taking charge of their own learning is integral to the journey at Acton. Acton students challenge themselves to become the agents and primary drivers of their learning. Acton is a student-driven, self-paced school that blends Montessori materials, outdoor play, state-of-the-art software, and hands-on projects, with real-world applications, Socratic discussions, and the Hero's Journey in a student-centered, multi- age classroom.

If your goal is to instill your love of learning in others while advancing in your own professional growth, this is your chance to get in with one of the world's most innovative schools.

Please take a little time now to explore our website. It is full of resources regarding our learner-driven community.

School begins mid August and is an 11-month program. We run on 4-7 week sessions with 1-2 week breaks between sessions. We are closed for six weeks in the summer (July and half of the month of August.) The Guide should be available to learn and prepare throughout the summer, especially during the first year after joining Acton Academy.


The Lead Guide will:

  • Affirm students, holding them accountable to their promises and to deliver “the best work they can do” as they discover and pursue a calling on a Hero’s Journey.
  • Create meaningful exhibitions, ceremonies, and celebrations that reinforce the rules of engagement, and personal and group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community.
  • Act as a role model as an independent learner on a Hero’s Journey.
  • Launch and lead Socratic discussions.
  • Guide Quests (projects), including daily challenges and curating world-class examples.
  • Supply Studio environment and set up Studio as inspiration for learning.
  • Incorporate Acton programs and self-directed materials and lessons into ‘Core Skills’ work time. Observe and track each child’s progress.
  • Encourage young learners to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents, peers, and apprenticeship employers what they can do.
  • Uphold promises to students, parents, and fellow Guides made in relational covenants.
  • Communicate with parents.
  • Pass along each of these responsibilities to the children as quickly as possible, so as to allow them to lead themselves.
  • Thoughtfully observe each child as an individual and the group as a whole to help inspire them along their personal and group journey. A willingness to be more of an observer than a doer.
  • Complete an onboarding “training” period directed by our Program Administrator.
  • Embody a growth mindset and incorporate it into all aspects of the program including the Guide’s own personal development.


  • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit required
  • A deep curiosity about life and a love of lifelong learning
  • Montessori training and experience are strongly encouraged but not required
  • Nature-based outdoor learning is strongly encouraged but not required
  • Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills

A degree in education is not necessary. If you have launched a business or not-for-profit organization or led a major project, these are also suitable qualifications. Traditional teachers have the most difficult time adapting to the Acton model. The Guide role is NOT a “teaching” role and all ego is to be removed.

Instead, successful lead guides at Acton are:

  • Masters of observation
  • Ability to question and lead Socratically
  • Have an evident passion for being on a Hero’s Journey

This is a position for an independent learner who can work with little direct guidance; someone who likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; someone who has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within; and someone who is a flexible problem-solver. It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard, and is an active reader and writer.


  • Acton offers a competitive salary ($45,000-$55,000) commensurate with experience plus additional bonuses.


  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • CPR Certification (Preferred)

$45,000 - $55,000 DOE
About Acton Academy

At Acton Academy Charlotte, we believe children are on a journey—what we call the hero's journey—to discover their calling/passions in life. As part of the journey, children ask themselves: “Who am I? Where am I going? How do my passions and talents connect with the world around me? How can I serve a great need and even change the world?” We help them to answer these questions as they learn and grow.

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