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ACS is seeking an Integrated Outdoor Education Teacher

The Outdoor Education (OE) Teacher provides instructional leadership that enables students to learn experientially, through direct guided experience using sensory awareness, active participation and nature’s resources. He/she provides small group teacher training and works in partnership with K-8th grade teachers to create student learning opportunities that support and enhance curriculum throughout each subject area. 

During the summer months, the OE teacher facilitates important OE extension opportunities for ACS students, like Adventure Camp and Farm Club. In addition, the OE teacher will oversee the well-being of our 37-acre classroom. There is additional compensation for summer responsibilities.

Reports to: Principal

Qualifications:

Education/Experience Preferred

  • Commitment to the mission of Christian education and an in-depth understanding of and commitment to the Reformed tradition of Christianity.
  • Holds an earned Bachelor Degree in education from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate Degree or other advanced education in science and/or outdoor education
  • Experience in delivering and integrating outdoor education in instructional programs
  • Experience in writing Integrated OE curriculum, preferred

Personal Traits

  • Faithful follower of Jesus Christ, active church member
  • Friendly, cordial personality
  • Demonstrate flexible behavior
  • Desire to learn

Work Skills

  • Knowledge of God’s world and ways to incorporate outdoor education learning experiences throughout each subject and at each grade level
  • Self-directed, responsible, cooperative, and organized
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing
  • Comfortable working with students and adults, all ages and abilities, in all weather conditions
  • Ability to be an active, effective member of a curriculum committee

Responsibilities:

Plan and Co-Teach

  • Communicate and collaborate regularly with teachers to support outdoor education integration.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, evaluation, and refinement of programs related to outdoor integration.
  • Use knowledge about current ideas, trends, methods, programs, materials, and equipment for outdoor education integration to ensure optimum instructional delivery.
  • Co-teach integrated outdoor education lessons with classroom teachers.
  • Share resources in collaborative space.
  • Create new learning opportunities for colleagues and students.
  • Oversee 37-acre classroom spaces.
  • Plan and facilitate summer programming.

Professional Development

  • Lead outdoor education professional development for faculty, staff and administration
  • Collaborate with teachers to establish and follow up on specific outdoor education goals for each teacher.

Evaluation:

Evaluated once a year for the first three years in position and once every three years following by the Principal. See Policy Book for details.

Ready to Apply?

Here's what we need to know.

Basic Information

Name
Address
Phone
Email

We'd also like to see:

  • a cover letter
  • a resume
  • proof of certification
  • a list of references (including email addresses)

Provide the following information:

  1. Describe your relationship with Jesus Christ and share how that influences your work as a teacher.
  2. Please tell us about yourself, including church membership and involvement, family, and other activities you enjoy.

  3. Briefly list the top three reasons that describe why you believe Integrated Outdoor Education positively impacts a students' education.

  4. In your opinion, what are two of the most challenging obstacles that can interfere with the success of an integrated outdoor education program?

  5. What experiences have you had that equipped you for this position?
  6. Describe the most important components of a quality integrated outdoor education lesson plan.

  7. Describe the "classroom" climate you believe is important, including management strategies you would use.
  8. What strengths would you bring to a team of teachers?

  9. Why are you seeking a position at Ada Christian School?

Include the following statement and data in your response:

In consideration of the receipt and evaluation of this application by Ada Christian School, I agree and represent that the information contained in the application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I also authorize any references listed on this application, or not identified in this application, to provide Ada Christian School, if asked, information regarding my character and fitness for employment.

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Date

Ada Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Prior to employment, all candidates must undergo a background check that includes fingerprinting and a performance check with former employers, in accordance with state law.

Submit Your Application

Please email the information listed above to Julie DeKoster, Assistant Principal.

Due no later than 8:00am on Friday, Feb 07, 2020.