Overview

WHY NOW?

Mission: We are a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in our Episcopal heritage, we prepare and inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage and compassion.

The White Mountain School seeks a full-time farm director and Biology teacher to begin duties on July 1, 2021. This is an incredibly exciting time to be working at The White Mountain School. Because of our size, location and most importantly our culture, we know we will emerge from Covid as a stronger school than ever before. Throughout the pandemic, reckoning on race, and political unrest, what has remained core to our culture and identity is this: we take seriously the idea that education must be driven by student inquiry, inquiry that extends beyond the classroom to the dorms, the playing fields and to the mountains. We anchor learning in topics that are relevant– to students and the world — and then create space for students to drive their own learning by their own questions.

WHO ARE YOU?
At your core, you know that learning can and must be both joyful and relational. You want to educate the whole student, and you believe this can happen just as much in the backcountry or in the dorm as it can in a classroom. You not only engage actively in conversations about equity, inclusion, and social justice, but your work in these both informs your curriculum and guides your interactions with students and adults. Anything but idle, you are excited to ask questions and seek answers: How might competency learning promote more equitable and student-driven learning? How might we inspire students to increase what they see as possible within themselves? You are an experiential, progressive educator — or someone with a willingness to learn. In fact, it is your willingness to learn that extends to all you do. You love challenges, thrive in collaborative environments, and balance the gravity and joy of being an educator. You seek a deeply relational and intentionally small community where you will be encouraged and supported to bring your full self to all that you do.

You also are able to manage a small farm, teach biology, and are interested in exploring ways to:
Teach a 9th grade introductory biology course focused on environmental systems, as well as electives focused on agriculture
Turn a small farm into a dynamic outdoor learning lab
Create meaningful ways for students with varied interests to engage on the farm
Make the farm, food and the work associated as central to the school’s experience.

WHAT WOULD I DO?
Run the small farm
Build relationships and networks so as to bring in interns each summer to maintain the farm.
Build out opportunities on the farm for our student jobs program.
Teach 3 classes, or equivalent.
Manage farm budget.
Co-create and implement vision for the school farm.
Manage the Fall and Spring Farm and Forest Team
Advise 5-6 students
Advise 1 night of dorm duty per weekday and 1 weekend of dorm duty per five weeks
Teach 2 week-long Field Courses

Tagged as: Full Time, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

1.What about this job description resonated with you and why are you interested in The White Mountain School?
2.In what ways has your previous work (or studies) demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion?
3.What does student-driven inquiry mean to you, and why are you interested in a school committed to it?
4.The work our teachers do in advising and in the dorm is often the most impactful work they do with students. As an educator, why do you believe this to be true?

Preferred Skills:

5. If you were encouraged and had permission to teach a course that is truly “outside of the box” in terms of what people expect to see in a high school, what would you teach and why?

About The White Mountain School

WHO ARE WE?

The White Mountain School is a gender inclusive independent boarding and day school of 140 students in grades 9-12. Since our founding in 1886, we have remained true to our focus on the development of the whole student. Nestled among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, we make full use of our spectacular setting, using it to inspire humility, awe and a deep connection to the natural world so as to encourage students to become lifelong stewards of the natural world. Through our commitment to competency learning and emergent curricula, as well as through our Episcopal heritage, we tackle topics of social justice and environmental sustainability head on, developing in our students the capacity to be curious, courageous and compassionate community members. We nurture a vibrant and diverse campus-wide ethos of inquiry and engagement in all aspects of learning and living.

Application Instructions

HOW DO I APPLY? Interested candidates should submit their (a) resume and (b) answers to the questions above (in lieu of a cover letter) via email to [email protected] (Choose four of the five questions to answer and limit your answers for each question to 100-150 words.)