CRESTONE CHARTER SCHOOL
Seeks a full-time teacher with literacy expertise for our Kindergarten and First Grade multi-age classroom of 16 students.
Crestone Charter School is small rural charter school located in the town of Crestone Colorado, close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Crestone is a town tucked into the foothills of some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Colorado. Crestone is a quirky, isolated, and tight-knit community serving more than twenty spiritual retreat centers with a population of 1,200 persons.
The Charter School is a main centerpiece of this community, and as such, the faculty and staff have a shared and very public sense of responsibility for creating and maintaining the highest standards in education.
We have implemented a progressive form of proficiency based education that centers around standards based project and experiential education. In addition to facilitating learning for all the commonly tested content areas of a traditional education, CCS teachers guide students through six non-academic content areas specific to our charter school. These are self-awareness and character development, artistic skills, service learning, environmental awareness, life-skills / health / body awareness, and cultural awareness. These “core values” are woven into everything we do but are emphasized through and during our outdoor and travel program.
Our small number of 88 students in grades K-12, within the five multi-age class units in our environmentally consciously designed schoolhouse requires all faculty and staff to closely work together and participate in decision making. Teachers are empowered and expected to guide their group of learners along the path of self discovery and academic growth in the best way they see, using their professional ethics and best judgement designing projects and thematic teaching that include field trips to engage student learning.
Teachers must be capable of planning the logistics, budgeting, and be comfortable providing safe transportation using school 12 passenger vans. Generally, trips become more elaborate as grade levels increase; K-1 stays close to Crestone, rarely overnights, and invites parent support as needed, while the High School regularly travels internationally. We value teachers with outdoor experience since camping, hiking, swimming and skiing are part of our program.
Our decisions are driven by the immediate needs of the children we serve. Our teachers have the voice and choice that some teachers in traditional schools have lost. Our teachers are not burdened with scripted lessons. Our school has the trust and support of the Governing Council that we serve. Our school progressively redefines the possibilities of rural academic excellence; for those in the industry functioning at the level of change agent, this is an amazing place to be.
The Crestone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.
Hiring Timeline: (all dates may be subject to change)
March 30, 2017 Applications due
April 6, 2017 Invitation of finalists to interview
April 20/21, 2017 Interview Dates
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Please call 719-256-4907 with any questions.