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 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 or call us at 505-994-9433.


Sheila Griffin

Ms. Griffin is the Founder of LEAP International Montessori School and the Lead Elementary teacher. She is also the Curriculum Coordinator and responsible for all happenings on campus. She holds Association of Montessori Internationale Diplomas at both the Primary (ages 2.5-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) levels, as well as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in History and Philosophy from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is currently working on a Master’s in Education in Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Implementation and has taught nationally and internationally at the first through sixth grade levels. Ms. Griffin is especially interested in Peace Education and has done extensive work with indigenous groups in North America. Her background before she came to Montessori was in the museum world and outdoor education. Ms. Griffin is a native of New Mexico and graduated from Sandia High School. She also spent a significant amount of time in Alaska and considers it to be her second home. When not in the classroom, Ms Griffin enjoys spending time with her precious four-legged daughter, “Henri”. She is an avid traveler and lover of labyrinths and geometry gardens and visits them often.