For our Spark Studio (Pre-K4-1st Grade) The Assistant Spark Guide will report directly to the Spark Guide and do the following:

Prepare the Spark Studio daily for Montessori learning and activities

Facilitate a truly customized education for each learner in the Studio and create character building experiences in an intentionally diverse environment.

Teach reading and early math skills and lay the foundation for self-directed learning.

Affirm young learners, holding them accountable to their promises and to their commitment to deliver “the best work they can do” as they discover and pursue a calling on a Hero’s Journey.

Create meaningful Exhibitions, ceremonies, and celebrations that reinforce the rules of engagement, personal and group covenants to provide and strengthen a safe learning community.

Act as a role model as an independent learner on a Hero’s Journey.

Launch and lead Socratic discussions.

Supply Studio environment and set up Studio as inspiration for learning.

Incorporate materials and lessons into ‘core skills’ work time. Observe and track each child’s progress via a cutting edge online dashboard.

Encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show parents, peers, and apprenticeship employers what they can do.

Uphold promises to students, parents, and fellow Guides made in relational covenants.

Pass along each of these responsibilities to learners as quickly as possible, so as to allow students to lead themselves.

Assist the Spark Guide with any administrative tasks.

Attend Open Houses and Exhibitions.

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Strong relationship building with children ages 4-6. Clean and clear background check. A deep curiosity about life and love of lifelong learning. Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion with a passion for an intentionally diverse learning environment. Ability to build and maintain a strong culture of self-directed learning. Customer service orientation with the ability to give and receive feedback, meet needs, and get a positive response.

Required Skills:

Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills.

Proven excellence in teaching reading and math in early childhood settings.

Evident passion for being on a Hero’s Journey.

Preferred Skills:

Training in Montessori, Reggio, Waldorf, or unschooling models is helpful but not required.

About The Forest School: An Acton Academy

The Forest School: An Acton Academy—at Trilith in Fayetteville, Georgia—is a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century with innovative elements such as Quest-like projects with real world application, Socratic discussions, apprenticeships, and the Hero’s Journey in a student-centered, multi-age Studio.

Application Instructions

Application must be made online at: https://www.theforest.school/careers-asst-spark