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