Our teaching staff is the backbone and pillar of our program.
At DMS, all the lead teachers are educated professionals who hold a college degree and have many years of teaching experience. Most staff members have a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree. The primary classroom has a certified Montessori teacher to direct the class and a trained assistant to work with her/him. The classroom assistant is trained to handle many responsibilities. We plan to employ resource instructor in Music and Foreign Language. A volunteer list (parents welcome to join) will be used if required to maintain the student to teacher ratio in the class.
In addition, staff members are required to have 8 to 16 hours of training in areas to include child development discipline and playground supervision. We encourage and support financially as much training as an employee might want to pursue. We also require our staff to be trained yearly in CPR, First Aid and Health Screening.
The Montessori teacher is the link between the child and the classroom environment. The Montessori directress is a careful observer who evaluates the child’s progress and determines individual needs and interest. She is a facilitator who prepares the classroom and present the lesson to individual or small groups. The Montessori teacher (director) acts as a monitor and guide to encourage individual exploration, discovery, trial, practice and success and enables the child to develop order, control, concentration and independence.
The staff at Dulles Montessori School enables each child to develop a healthy self concept and expand their knowledge by acquiring academic skill, through individualized learning styles based on their need and abilities. Thus each child develop at his or her own pace in a non competitive environment.