Opening in August 2017, Thaden School will offer an integrative educational program that provides students with a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities, and enables them to move across disciplines and explore their dynamic connections, inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our core curriculum, we will 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.
Our Meals program for food education will introduce students to the scientific, economic, and cultural dimensions of the plate. Lunch itself will be an essential ingredient in a Thaden education: students will be given a full hour to nourish not only the body but also the mind over meals that advance the educational mission of the school. And much of that food for thought will be grown on campus and prepared by students in our teaching kitchen so that they can better understand the nature of our regional food systems and all that goes into the making of a meal.
We invite applications for Thaden’s founding Food Education Specialist. Reporting to the Director for Campus Life, the Food Education Specialist will work closely with the school’s leadership team and faculty to develop the vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources needed to bring the Meals program to life.
prepare the teaching garden (and hen house) for the arrival of Thaden’s first students in August 2017 (approximately 60-75 students in grades 7 and 9)
guide students through the planting, cultivation, and maintenance of the teaching garden
collaborate with the director of food services (and other culinary resources in the area) to supplement school lunches with food produced on campus
collaborate with faculty members, including specialists for the other signature programs (Wheels and Reels), on the broad integration of the Meals program into the curriculum
develop programs and projects that use food as a medium for community engagement and cultural exchange
lead trips for students that introduce them to food systems throughout the region
develop a long-range plan for growing the Meals program in ways that will optimize the school’s agricultural spaces and gardens, teaching kitchen, and greenhouse
work with architects and consultants on the design and development of all infrastructure needed to support the vision for the Meals program
Experience and Qualifications
expertise in gardening, agriculture, and food production (culinary expertise not required)
ability to share this expertise with students (grades 6-12) in ways that spark curiosity and creativity, advance critical thinking, enhance the powers of patience and observation, and promote environmental responsibility
ability to work collaboratively with educators across the sciences and the humanities
ability to design age-appropriate programs and projects for students in grades 6-12
experience building community networks
commitment to civic engagement, cultural exchange, and intellectual exploration
Applications should include a resume and a vision statement (about 500 words) that explains how the candidate would approach the development of Thaden’s Meals 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 Marcus Chang at ?email@example.com?? by April 21 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but must be no later than July 24.
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.
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.