Okay, this is shameless, but things are dire! We really need a teacher for grades 3-5. Things got screwy and the job didn’t get advertised, so we’re stopping the gap with a sub, and worrying about what will happen if we get stuck without a teacher and are forced to consolidate (it will suck. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen). Here’s the job posting (finally) on ATP. The details are a little screwy, but the district is kinda like that. Things aren’t perfect here, administratively speaking, but for the most part, they leave us alone in our classrooms, and that’s something, anyhow.
The job, right now, is grades 3-5. There are maybe twelve kids in those grades, the bulk in fifth. The classroom is spacious, purple, outfitted with a smartboard, a sink, and big windows that look out onto the playground. There is an ipad for each student, and there are enough laptops available in the building for word processing projects. The internet is a little slow and occasionally unreliable, but you get used to it. Several of the students have IEPs. Special ed services are inconsistent here. You will probably have an aide.
Why you should come:
- This place it outrageously strange and beautiful:
- You will make a difference: these kids are desperate to love and be loved, and when they are loved they learn. It’s amazing. If you can love the kids, you can make outstanding things happen for them in a very short period of time.
- Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, any kind of outdoor adventure you can imagine, right at your fingertips, maybe more than you’re prepared for.
- I have a big box of board games and nobody to play with.
- Great pay, great benefits. Nice, new, warm teacher housing with running water.
- It’s an adventure. Few people can say they live north of the arctic circle in a fly-in village.
- The community and the school have had conflicts in the past, and there’s not a lot of trust there. We’re trying, and this is getting better.
- The staff is stressed always and grouchy sometimes. This is a pretty hard job.
- You will be (unofficially) expected to help with after school activities.
- The kids are way behind. They don’t start school with much prior knowledge, and they’re often stuck with teachers who aren’t really invested in them.
- Special ed is not readily or consistently available here.
- It’s lonely.
- It’s difficult and expensive to leave to go shopping or to a movie or just to get some space.
- It’s hard to take sick or personal days because your colleagues have to cover for you (there are not really any subs).
- You will always be an outsider in the village.
Why you should do it anyway:
Why not? It’s awesome. Challenges and opportunity go hand in hand: here, you have the chance to make your experience into whatever you want it to be, and that’s pretty unique.
Come teach with me!