Elementary Teacher for multi-age K-1 or 2-3 classes, With Love for the Outdoors

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Elementary Teacher for multi-age K-1 or 2-3 classes, With Love for the Outdoors

Posted date
February 6, 2019

Crestone, CO

Employment Type
Full time / part time

Seeks an Elementary Teacher for either our multi-age K-1 or 2-3 grade students.

Our new teacher forges strong mentor relationships with students.
Our new teacher teaches Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Our new teacher provides strong early literacy education and interventions.
Our new teacher is well versed in differentiated instruction and is passionate about meeting
each student’s needs.
Our new teacher is comfortable teaching outdoor education.

Crestone Charter School is a small rural charter school located in the town of Crestone Colorado, close to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Crestone is a town tucked into the foothills of some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Colorado, the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Crestone is an open-minded, adventurously unique, isolated, and tight-knit community serving more than twenty spiritual retreat centers of different creeds, with a population of 1,200 residents.

The Charter School is the main centerpiece of this community, and as such, the faculty and staff have a shared and very public sense of responsibility for creating and maintaining the highest standards in education.

We have implemented a progressive form of proficiency-based education that centers on standards-based project and experiential education. In addition to facilitating learning for all the commonly tested content areas of traditional education, CCS teachers guide students through six non-academic content areas specific to our charter school. These are self-awareness and character development, artistic skills, service learning, environmental awareness, life-skills / health / body awareness, and cultural awareness. These “core values” are woven into everything we do and are emphasized through and during our outdoor and travel programming.

Our small number of eighty students in grades K-12, within the five multi-age class units in our environmentally conscious schoolhouse, requires all faculty and staff to closely work together and participate in decision making. Teachers are empowered and expected to guide their group of learners along the path of self-discovery and academic growth. Teachers are also expected to use their professional ethics and best judgment when designing projects and thematic units, including field trips to engage student learning.

One of the major benefits of Crestone Charter School is the awesome trips designed by the teachers to expose the students to a world outside of our community. Ergo, teachers must be capable of planning the logistics, including budgeting, for short term and long term field trips. Teachers must be comfortable driving our twelve-passenger vans for said trips. High school trips are longer and more intense than other grades, and include international travel experiences every other year. Additionally, our teachers come to us with a love for outdoor education, including camping, hiking, swimming and skiing/snowboarding.

Our decisions are driven by the immediate needs of the children we serve. Our teachers have the voice and choice that some teachers in traditional schools have lost. Our teachers are not burdened with scripted lessons. Our school has the trust and support of the Governing Council that we serve. Our students encompass individuality and creative expression. They are extremely bright, and good-natured, especially with one another. They encourage one another and support each other’s academic success. Our school progressively redefines the possibilities of rural academic excellence; for those in the industry functioning at the level of change agent, this is an amazing place to be.

Job Description:
Have a deep understanding and experience in elementary literacy education and intervention
Be able to differentiate and individualized learning plans to cater to student needs
Utilize data to drive instructional planning
Create lesson plans that go beyond the scope of the classroom (experiential learning)
Plan, facilitate and implement in-state or out-of-state trips (twice a year)
Must be qualified to drive a 12 passenger van (clean driving and insurance record)

Job Qualifications Preferences:
Previous teaching experience, or completion of a teacher certification program
Have previous experience with elementary education
Previous involvement with experiential learning
Willing to engage in outdoor activities at high altitude

The Crestone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Details
Hiring Timeline:
February 4, 2019 Posting of position
March 14, 2019 Application due
March 27, 2019 Invitation to finalists to interview
April 8/9, 2019 Interview Dates

Please submit the following (in one file, preferably PDF):
Cover letter
3 recent letters of recommendations
Contact information for 4 professional persons to contact for references
Send to Marie-Louise Baker at mlbaker@crestonecharter.com

Please call 719-256-4907 with any questions