Unique position available for a new teacher to join our staff at Heritage for the coming school year, 2018-2019.
Teacher for the first year of employment, then transition to Head Teacher/Director the second (2019-20) and subsequent years in a multi-age setting for students in grades one through eight.
Have you ever wished you could do what you truly believe will inspire students to learn? Has your dream been to work in a multi-age educational environment where students genuinely love to learn and engage in hands on, active learning? Would you like to teach without standardized testing dictating your curriculum?
FAQs Why the two-step job position of teacher the first year then head teacher/director the second year?
Glen and Elaine Olsen, the founding teachers since 1984, plan to retire in the summer of 2019. They envision working collaboratively with the new teacher for the 2018-19 academic year to share the culture of Heritage and to facilitate a smooth transition to your dual role as both teacher and director in 2019-2020. The current writing coordinator will assist during the transition and will continue to serve as a Heritage teacher in the future.
What about the director role? What would my duties look like?
As director, you would mainly teach and guide the future of the school. You would be responsible for most major decisions, collaborating with other staff to develop a cohesive, supportive atmosphere for students, teachers, and parents. You would have the autonomy to design your own curriculum. Decide which books to buy. Set up field trips. Guide the other staff. There will be some administrative duties, but an administrator’s license is not required. The main requirement will be to provide a nurturing, safe, inspiring educational environment that allows children to learn at a pace that fits each student's unique needs and abilities. Your primary role will be to teach, not be an administrator.
What about the teaching position? What skills are required?
We need a versatile teacher capable of teaching grades one through eight all subjects, partnering with other staff to provide a well-rounded, dynamic education. The teacher who continues as the head teacher/director will collaborate with our current writing coordinator, who is an expert in teaching writing as a process. She can lead literacy education, but if you have skills in this area, the more the merrier. She can teach thematic studies, too, but will happily partner with the new teacher in this vital area. Thematic, integrated studies focus on social studies and science, but Heritage also provides separate history lessons for the older students. Once we assemble our teaching staff, we can determine how the responsibilities for the various curriculum areas will be shared, including math, science, and literacy instruction. We would like to know if candidates have special expertise in any of these areas. Additional skills that would enhance learning at Heritage include art, drama, music, and technology. If needed, we can seek part time staff to provide this instruction, but an ideal candidate would have at least some of these skills.
How can I find out more about Heritage School?
Check out the rest of our website to learn more about our curriculum and the story of Heritage, an independent school with about forty students in grades one through eight. We are looking for a dedicated, energetic teacher to create the next chapter. This is a very unique little school with a strong sense of community and a welcoming spirit.
What is the salary?
We will offer a salary with benefits competitive with local public schools.
How do I apply?
Review the Heritage School website to determine whether your teaching experience and philosophy of education match the goals of our program.
Please answer the following questions in a format of your choosing (you may include writing, photos, audio, video, etc.):
Describe an original, creative teaching lesson, project, or thematic study you developed that reflects your philosophy of education.
How would you describe your approach to teaching math? Give a concrete example of how you inspire students to enjoy math while ensuring thorough understanding of concepts.
In this ever changing world with a plethora of information at one’s fingertips, what is essential for children to know? What do you believe is the ultimate purpose of education?
Include your answers along with a cover letter and a resume that clearly states your prior work experience. Send to Heritage School via our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or send to our postal mailing address:
Heritage School PO Box 2065 Salem, OR 97308
We prefer not to receive phone calls for this initial inquiry.
Heritage School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
An ideal candidate will have:
a minimum of a four year degree
a minimum of three years of experience as a teacher
experience teaching in a multiage setting
experience teaching thematically
experience in progressive education
willingness to undergo a background check
About Heritage School
Heritage School, an innovative, progressive independent school for students in grades one through eight, is located in Salem, Oregon.