Thaden School offers an integrative educational program that provides students with a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities, enabling them to move across disciplines and explore their dynamic connections, inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer three signature programs — Wheels, Reels, and Meals — that allow students to combine multiple fields of study and engage with our community in ways that foster a sense of civic and global responsibility.
Taking advantage of the extensive network of bike paths and trails in Northwest Arkansas, our Wheels program for bicycle education is closely connected to our interdisciplinary science curriculum. The motion and design of a bicycle are, for example, filled with questions of math and physics. The bicycle also figures prominently in the history, sociology, and economics of transportation and can be used as an educational medium for exploring logistical and urban planning issues that arise from the rapid growth of Northwest Arkansas. Thaden students also make and repair their own bicycles under the guidance of master builders in an innovative cycle lab where the public may bring in their wheels for service.
To support the ongoing development of our Wheels program, we invite applications for an additional Cycle Education Specialist position. Reporting to the Director of Campus Life, the Cycle Education Specialists work closely with Thaden’s leadership and faculty members in developing the infrastructure, community partnerships, and resources needed to bring the Wheels program to life as a vital part of a Thaden education.
collaborating with faculty on the integration of the Wheels program into the curriculum and other signature programs
developing programs that use bicycles (and other wheeled machines) as a medium for community engagement
developing and managing the physical infrastructure needed to support the program
offering specialty classes that give students opportunities to make and repair cycles of all varieties in the school’s cycle lab
offering a variety of other cycle-based programs and activities that will advance the school’s mission and values, especially its commitment to sustainability
leading trips that introduce students to the trails and natural beauty of the region
Experience and Qualifications
expertise in bicycle design and mechanics (experience with trail building also preferred)
expertise in cycling and (experience coaching road racing or mountain biking preferred)
ability to share expertise and passion with students in grades 6-12
ability to design and implement age-appropriate programs for students in grades 6-12
ability to work effectively with educators in a wide range of academic disciplines
experience building community partnerships with demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and service
experience leading student and community trips and activities for learners of all ages
Applications should include a resume and a vision statement (about 500 words) that explains how the candidate would approach the development of Thaden’s Wheels Program, including illustrative examples of potential projects, initiatives, and activities. The cover letter should also address salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to email@example.com by January 31 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but must be no later than July 1.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases and job postings.
Opening in the fall of 2017, Thaden will launch with grades 7 and 9 and grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. Our campus will be located in downtown Bentonville’s Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources, and we will offer small classes where students can discover joy in learning and cultivate t...heir potential under the guidance of inspiring, masterful educators.
Our mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.