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A dynamic, loving family based in Portola Valley, CA is seeking a creative, adventurous, and passionate private educator to provide a unique educational journey for their children!
This bustling, multinational family loves to travel and is passionate about providing a learning experience for their children that is catered to their development and their family’s lifestyle! They look forward to spending time in both New Zealand and Switzerland (and beyond!) over the year to come where they will welcome their educator to employ a world school philosophy while traveling. The majority of their “school year” will take place in Portola Valley (thirty minutes south of San Francisco) where the family has transitioned their guest cottage into a schoolhouse. The weekly schedule will consist of both one-on-one homeschool instruction for their 6-year-old daughter in addition to leading an innovative, progressive microschool for a small pod of approximately 8 local homeschool students 3 half days per week, all while following COVID safety protocols. In this microschool, they are diving into core curriculum, including reading, math, and writing, as well as additional subjects that are all inspired by the children’s interests and developmental path, including a once per week nature excursion! The family’s two younger siblings, aged 4 and 2 years old, may stop in for a lesson here or there before they officially join the classroom in the years to come. Their household includes a full-time, loving nanny to provide childcare support so their educator can focus fully on education, with an emphasis on real-world learning over textbooks!
The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate about progressive education and fostering a love for learning in their students! The family hopes to find an educator with a rich background in working with elementary-aged children who is excited to provide a hands-on, alternative learning experience. A passion for child-led learning is key, and a background in progressive learning approaches such as Montessori is a huge plus! This educator will be responsible for homeschool instruction, leading the microschool, balancing core curriculum with progressive, child-led learning approaches, as well as organizing field trips to the museum and nature excursions; a volunteer parent will be on hand as needed to provide additional support. While traveling with the family, this educator will be expected to research destinations and plan field trips and educational experiences based on each location. A candidate who is highly organized but flexible and open to spontaneity will thrive in this role! The family hopes for a candidate who can be a collaborative presence to work side by side with the parents to create the best educational experience for their children. A candidate who looks forward to making a multi-year commitment to this dynamic family and incorporating the younger children as they join the classroom will be a huge bonus!
Hours/Schedule: The general schedule will fall on Mondays through Fridays with lessons, group classes and activities typically occurring between 9:30am to 3:30pm (flexibility to start class earlier or end class later will be expected and appreciated). The educator will utilize non-classroom hours for curriculum planning, organizing the classroom and providing reports to parents. Flexibility to travel with the family domestically and internationally will be essential. The school year will include a winter holiday and summer and spring breaks in conjunction with the family’s travel schedule.
Live-in/Live-out: Live-out. The family is happy to offer a housing stipend as part of the compensation package.
Compensation and Benefits: The family is offering $100-$130k/year depending on experience which includes $24k/year housing stipend. Additional benefits include relocation assistance (if required), health insurance, retirement benefits, and 6-8 weeks of collective PTO during the winter holiday, spring, and summer, and will be offered in conjunction with the family’s travel schedule.
Start Date: September 2021. Flexibility available for an earlier start date for the perfect applicant, inclusive of planning/prep time ahead of the position’s official start.
Other Notes: Candidate must be available and excited to travel with the family internationally and domestically 6-8+ weeks/year to destinations including Europe and New Zealand. A candidate who brings a creative, free-form educational energy to the role while having the experience and training to capture and instruct on core competencies will be key.
Guide children through core subjects, including math, reading, and writing
Research, identify, and implement the best materials, both online and offline to teach the children
Research, identify, and coordinate the scheduling of guest tutors and educators in specialized subjects such as art, music, nature, science, etc.
Plan and carry out field trips and educationally-minded adventures
Coordinate with other families whose children will be attending classes at the microschool
Document the children’s progress and create and manage an online learning portfolio
Manage the classroom and ensure it is well-stocked and tidy
Travel with the family and research and provide educational experiences and field trips at each destination (particularly New Zealand and Switzerland)
Consume educational blogs, books, podcasts, and other resources in order to research and stay on top of the latest ideas and constantly challenge and be inspired with educational approaches
Coordinate and accompany children to play dates and homeschool park days
At least 3 years of professional teaching experience in a classroom or homeschool setting
Bachelor’s degree or higher in an education-related field
Valid driver’s license and passport
Passion for both learning and teaching
Deep appreciation for alternative educational approaches such as Montessori and project-based learning; previous experience working in a progressive school setting is a big plus
Desire and ability to travel with the family 6-8 weeks throughout the year
Organized and proactive approach
Flexible with a go-with-the-flow mentality
Strong preference for an educator who can commit for multiple years
This position is open to all Adventure Nannies candidates who are legally able to work in the US, possess a valid driver’s license and passport, with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an education-related field. This family is happy to consider relocation candidates for this position. Out of respect for the privacy of the families we work with, we cannot provide any additional information about this position other than what has already been provided in the job description. If you are interested in learning more about the position, please apply!
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