Part-Time High School ELA Teacher for Unique Micro-School 2e Students
Company: Great Minds Learning Community
Posted on: July 29, 2022
Want to make a difference , share your creativity, and earn a
bit of extra money without a lot of hours? Want to add to your
resume and be part of a tribe, benefiting from the support of a
vibrant teaching team?
We are a small and mighty tribe of 26-28 students seeking to add an
ELA teacher for a Grades 8-12 language arts class of up to 6
twice-exceptional students (intellectually gifted students that
also have a learning difference) focused on literature and writing.
These students will be doing lots of different styles of writing,
creative writing, book circles, etc.
Great Minds Learning Community is a Grades 5-12 micro-school school
that is three days a week (Tuesday through Thursday), with optional
Mondays. We are a small alternative, accredited private school in
Pflugerville catering to intellectually gifted students and
twice-exceptional students (intellectually gifted with learning
differences/disabilities/challenges), such as: dyslexia, ADHD/ADD,
sensory processing challenges, vision challenges, dysgraphia,
dyscalculia, chemical sensitivity and allergies, Asperger s/High
Functioning Autism, anxiety, or social difficulties, and those
students that benefit from a smaller class size. Our students are
mainly twice-exceptional, AKA bright and quirky, remarkable young
people! We have a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1 so you can really
get to know your students and make an impact. Please check us and
our learning philosophy out at
About the Position
This is an onsite position from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 33 weeks, with the remaining hours
being lesson planning and various other activities. There is no
Monday or Friday teaching.
The position is 9 hours per week for 33 weeks, with 3 of those
hours teaching on-site, with the remaining 6 hours off-site
consisting of at-home planning time (we do not do planning
on-site), providing students feedback/support on their work,
regular Zoom staff meetings, parent-student-teacher communication,
written weekly summary, collaborating with co-workers and the head
of school, writing individual progress reports, preparing for and
attending Celebrations of Learning and other school events, and
other duties/meetings as assigned:
Overall, our school is hands-on and project-based with lots of
student voice and choice, and we seek someone with this type of
problem-solving, creative mindset who cultivates this type of
thinking when co-creating this course with the students, largely
basing it on their interests. We have no homework, no grades, and
no standardized tests.
We encourage teachers interested in alternative education and who
are relationship-based, as a strong personal relationship with each
student is key to opening the door to learning with our student
body in particular.
We're seeking an ability to tune into each child as an individual
on a daily basis to see where their "stretch zone" is that day and
aim for that, focusing on being strengths-based and flexible. We
looking for someone flexible and creative who takes initiative and
works well self-directed, as well as is a team player.
We seek an enthusiastic teacher who understands that all kids,
particularly gifted and twice-exceptional (AKA bright and quirky)
kids, have asynchronous learning in different skills and subjects
and creates a cooperative, non-competitive learning environment
that challenges gifted and 2e students intellectually while
providing needed accommodations for the learning
challenges/disabilities/differences by individualizing to each
student to provide tiny, "just-right" steps to experience and build
upon their tiny successes to create dramatic change over time.
Teachers with backgrounds in alternative education, homeschooling,
multi-age classrooms, or project-based learning teaching a variety
of subjects are welcome! Graduate students are welcome. We do not
require a teaching certificate, but do require a Bachelor's Degree
and 3+ years of teaching experience and experience with gifted and
twice-exceptional learners. (We provided ongoing training as well.)
We have a homey feel and a tribal atmosphere with an amazing
community of students and parents!
This is an awesome opportunity for life balance, as it's only 33
weeks a year (we have extra weeks off between each of our five
learning blocks). It's an exempt annually renewable teaching
Our students are out-of-the-box, non-traditional, deep thinkers
that we provide a hands-on, experiential, project-based,
passion-based way that is learning in the context of meaningful,
personal experiences. We are looking for someone who embraces and
champions this type of learning and believes in the mission of a
hands-on, personalized, multi-sensory alternative education,
mastery of 21st-century skills, and the process of learning how to
learn, focusing on quality over quantity. We focus on a hands-on,
alternative, discovery-based environment with lots of student voice
and choice within a framework.
We have multi-age classrooms. We do not have grades, required
standardized tests, or homework. We have projects, learning goals,
narrative student progress reports, and student celebrations of
learning to share their work.
We focus on nurturing the whole child -- intellectual, social, and
emotional. We use a strengths-based (asset-based) approach,
students showing mastery in a way that matches their strengths,
Positive Discipline, the Nurtured Heart Approach, class meetings,
and an eclectic blend of other resources.
The ideal candidate has these characteristics:
Bachelor s degree (required)
3 years of teaching experience in ELA (required)
3 years of experience in working with gifted and particularly
Flexible, innovative, enthusiastic, willing to think outside the
box, can work both be organized and work well in an improvisational
environment with daily change, challenge, and tweaking!
Experience in accommodating material, teaching methods, methods of
showing mastery, and expectations to meet specific student needs
due to giftedness/learning differences/challenges
A "walk the walk" belief in and passion for alternative learning
Experience in project-based learning
Ability to creatively and efficiently create curricula/lesson plans
independently from a variety of resources and tweak them in the
moment as per group needs and supervisor feedback
Ability to make things novel, fun, and hands-on for the
Ability to tailor instruction and mentoring to each individual and
be able to quickly adjust to student needs to find what works best
based. Flexibility is key!
A lifelong learner who embraces new challenges and is comfortable
teaching/mentoring a variety of academic subjects, learning
alongside the students in areas she/he does not yet know
Ability to be "in the moment," connect with and nurture a positive
relationship with each child
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Out-of-the-box thinker who loves working with kids who are
Experience in small-group, multi-age environments
Ability to stay calm under stress and have a "thick" skin
Ability to set kind and consistent boundaries while tweaking to the
developmental level/social-emotional level and capacity of the
individual child, meeting the child where s/he is at
"Walks the walk" of positive discipline and communication
Confidence and comfort with a balance of teacher-provided structure
with lots of student voice and choice instead of a top-down
authoritative teaching approach.
Experience in providing targeted, multi-sensory direct
Experience in curriculum development/creating your own hands-on
learning activities from an eclectic blend of resources.
Other duties as assigned, as we are co-creating and evolving on a
weekly basis based on parent and student feedback
Qualities we look for: responsible, enthusiastic, self-starter,
positive, patient, confident, caring, be able to think on your
feet, self-reliant, team player, organized, flexible, resilient,
supportive, dependable, understanding, inquisitive, innovative,
out-of-the-box, relationship-oriented, lifelong learner, clear
communicator, efficient, be able to set kind and consistent
boundaries, and have a nurturing personality that sees
possibilities and greatness in every child and every person.
Will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions during portions of
Needs to move about inside the classroom or campus as
Maintain emotional control under stress.
Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing.
Frequent moving of small stacks of media equipment, desks, tables,
whiteboards, and other classroom equipment.
Occasionally requires lifting up to 25 pounds.
Occasionally prolonged and irregular hours.
Candidates interested in this teacher position, please visit our
website at: to learn more about us. Then submit your resume in Word
Please include a COVER LETTER. The cover letter is important, as
we'd like to know why this job in particular is a great fit for
you! In your cover letter, be sure to describe your experience in
working with/teaching gifted/twice-exceptional kids (provide age
ranges) and share why you would be a good fit for our
Note: You must be able to get a criminal background check, drug
test, and attend interviews before working on our campus.
We look forward to connecting soon!
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $22.00 - $26.00 per hour
Professional development assistance
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