“Preparing Today’s Children to LEAP into Tomorrow’s Future”


Picture Day for the fall 2019 school semester will be September 4, 2019.

Pictures will be taken first thing in the morning. Information concerning orders will be made available by next week.

UPDATE: Picture day was a success. Attached, please find the form to order pictures.

Opening for: Primary Teacher’s Assistant

LEAP International Montessori School is GROWING and searching for a warm and compassionate Primary teacher’s assistants to work in a classroom with children ages 3-6. This is truly an ideal position for a candidate with a professional attitude, who loves children, who is not afraid to work, and wants to grow in their career.

We have both part-time and full-time positions to be either 7am to 1:30pm or 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional substituting hours. The ideal candidate should be/ have:
• Warm and caring personality
• Highly detail orientated
• Enjoys cleaning/ caring for an environment
• Creative
• Punctual
• Works well on a team as well as independently
• Loves animals
• Enjoys being outside
• Adept with Classroom Management (or at least willing to learn)
• The 45 Hour certificate would be helpful to already possess, as well as willingness to attend all required (4) FOCUS trainings. All classes must be completed within 6 months from the date of hire)

It should be understood that this role is not a classroom teaching position, but rather a classroom assistant position in which caring for and maintaining the environment, as well as working with children is the focus.

LEAP International Montessori School is an authentic Montessori School in its sixth year. We are a growing, warm community Montessori school intent on serving our children and community with kindness, compassion, and a commitment to authentic Montessori pedagogy. We are rated 5 Star with FOCUS and also have the New Mexico PreK Grant. We offer a competitive salary and the opportunity to grow with a grounded school and program. We have a fantastic benefits package as well.

Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a beautiful, relatively newer city that boasts a low cost of living, low crime, stunning landscapes, blue skies and beautiful weather. We have the pleasure to enjoy four seasons of moderate weather. Situated between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, there are excellent opportunities for cultural, artistic, and many outdoor adventures all over the area and state. For good reasons, New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment and we thrilled to have a school here! This is the hot air balloon capital of the world!

For more information on the school and compensation, please visit our website at www.leapmontessori.org. All interested candidates should be drug and alcohol free (random screenings are done) and should be able to cleanly pass a background check. If interested, please send a resume with professional cover letter to sgriffin@leapmontessori.com or call us at 505-994-9433.


Upcoming School Meetings

  • There is a Back-to-School meeting Saturday August 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
  • The Montessori Map meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

We are excited to start the new school year soon, and we know that it is always a hectic time. If you have questions, the Back-to-School meeting is the place to get answers.

LEAP has been Awarded the NM PreK Grant for 4 year old children!

Have you always wanted your child to go to a Montessori school but weren’t sure if or how you could afford it? LEAP has been awarded the New Mexico PreK Grant for 4 year old children! (This means that tuition would be $0!) In order to quality for this grant opportunity, your child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019. We are currently accepting applications for the grant. Please call or email us for more information and to set up a tour. 505-994-9433 or info@leapmontessori.com.

Fall Picture Day

LEAP will be taking Fall Portraits on Wednesday, September 6th.  Photos will be taken in the morning (before snack and lunch).  Portraits will be available to families soon after.  Please see Stevie Romero with any questions.

Open House for the 2017-2018 School Year & Summer Camp

Are you interested in learning more about Montessori curriculum or philosophy?  Come and join us Saturday, September 2nd from 12-4pm at school for light refreshments and an Open House.  There are still a few spaces left for  the 2017-2018 School Year!

5 Star FOCUS!

We are thrilled to report that as of August 24, 2017, we are officially a 5 star recognized school with CYFD and FOCUS!  Thank you so much to all the staff, families, and community supporters who have contributed and helped this project!

Last Day of the Semester

The last day of the Spring Semester will be Friday May 26th.  Please come and join us at the end of the afternoon work cycle (approximately 3pm) for a celebration of the 2016-2017 school year and yearbook signing party.  See you there!


Brian Duprey
Brian Duprey

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I have been involved with the school and known Mrs. OH (Betty) and Mrs. Griffin (Sheila) for over a year now and have been nothing but impressed! These two ladies, as well as Ms. Eden and the rest of the staff, CLEARLY put their entire hearts and souls into this little school and I consider it a treasure for Rio Rancho! The environments are peaceful and handmade. There are animals everywhere and the children seem to happy, engaged, and respectful to each other, their teachers, and everything. Every interaction that I've seen or heard about between adults and and the children has been beautiful and one that I hope other places would adopt. The children are shown and then "invited" to try new things all the time and there is clearly a culture of kindness and compassion. This is truly an authentic Montessori school that is full with materials (though not overwhelming) and just a peaceful place to be. I especially the sweet dogs! I love that everyone is committed to doing things right- even when it requires more effort. I can't believe the children even sew and thankfully- they teach cursive!!! I absolutely recommend this school and the teachers and I love working with Mrs. OH and Mrs. Griffin. I have every intention upon staying involved with them for years to come!

Sarah Judson
Sarah Judson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

We have been at LEAP since February 2019. Words can not express the gratitude we have for Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. “O”, Ms. Eden, our daughters lead teacher, and the other team members. They not only provide a safe and rich learning environment but genuinely love our daughter and the other students. This is certainly mutual! Our daughter, who has grown leaps and bounds, is eager to attend each day and we can work in peace knowing that she is very well cared for in our absence. Their high quality of care is absolutely appreciated as is their commitment to professionalism. Thank you LEAP for all that you do!

Nicole Hall
Nicole Hall

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

Absolutely LOVE this school!
My daughter has been going here for many years since she was 18mo and is now starting into the elementary program. This school is an authentic Montessori and the owner/primary teacher has been all over the world studying, teaching and learning. My daughter has learned so much since she has been here and is already reading at 4. Not only is the education here top notch but the care is as well. Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Oh plus all the assistants are wonderful. They treat my children as they would their own and am always contacted whenever an accident occurs even as small as a scraped knee. They are so kind not only to my children, but to me as well. I have also spent many hours inside the classroom as a volunteer and have seen how awesome this program is. I plan on my children continuing here for many years.