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CRESTONE CHARTER SCHOOL 

The Crestone Charter School is located in the small, rural town of Crestone Colorado, tucked into the western foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, in the northeastern corner of the San Luis Valley. Crestone is an open-minded, adventurously unique, isolated, and tight-knit community with a population of 1,200 residents. The Charter School is a centerpiece of this community, and as such, the faculty and staff have a shared and very public sense of responsibility for creating and maintaining the highest standards in education. Meanwhile, we are also an awesome place to work, with a focus on the virtues of respect, integrity, and creativity.  We strive to foster a healthy work environment including providing professional development and growth opportunities. The Crestone Charter School is an equal-opportunity employer.

crestone-charter-school.org/employment 

Learn more about the CCS learning model here

MS/HS Science Teacher

Transportation Coordinator and Driver

ParaProfessionals (Class aides, interventionists, specialists) (part- to full-time, 2024/25 SY)

Music Specialist Teacher (part-time, Immediate)

Substitute Teachers and Mentors 

Application details

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Secondary (MS/HS) Science Teacher (full-time, immediate 2024-25 SY)

CCS Seeks a Secondary Science teacher for our multi-age middle and high school students.

crestone-charter-school.org/employment

Our new teacher will coach our students to

  • appreciate the creativity and beauty of science (and applied mathematics),

  • ask deep questions,

  • explore the rich set of connections and applicability of science

  • develop growth mindsets.

Our new teacher is well-versed in differentiated instruction and enjoys the art of meeting each student’s needs.

Our new teacher ideally is also comfortable teaching outdoor education.

Our new teacher forges strong mentor relationships with students.

We have implemented a progressive form of proficiency-based education that centers around standards-, projects,- and experiential-based education. In addition to facilitating learning for all the commonly tested content areas of traditional education, CCS teachers guide students through six non-academic content areas specific to our charter school. These are self-awareness and character development, artistic skills, service learning, environmental awareness, life-skills / health / body awareness, and cultural awareness. These “core values” are woven into everything we do and are emphasized through and during our outdoor and travel programming.

Our small number of about 100 students in grades K-12, within the seven multi-age grade-banded classrooms in our environmentally conscious schoolhouse, requires all faculty and staff to closely work together and participate in decision making. Teachers are empowered and expected to guide their group of learners along the path of self-discovery and academic growth. Teachers are also expected to use their professional ethics and best judgment when designing projects and thematic units, including field trips to engage student learning.

One of the major benefits of Crestone Charter School is the awesome trips designed by the teachers to expose the students to a world outside of our community. Teachers must be capable of planning the logistics, including budgeting, for short term and long term field trips. Teachers must be comfortable driving our twelve-passenger vans for these trips. High school trips are longer and more intense than other grades and include international travel experiences every other year. Additionally, most of our teachers come to us with a love for outdoor education, including camping, hiking, swimming and skiing/snowboarding.

Our decisions are driven by the immediate needs of the children we serve. Our teachers have the voice and choice that some teachers in traditional schools have lost. Our teachers are not burdened with scripted lessons. Our school has the trust and support of the Governing Council that we serve. Our students encompass individuality and creative expression. They are extremely bright, and good-natured, especially with one another. They encourage one another and support each other’s academic success. Our school progressively redefines the possibilities of rural academic excellence; for those in the industry functioning at the level of change agent, this is an amazing place to be.

Job Description:

  • Have a deep and continual understanding of content related to high school science and possibly mathematics

  • Be able to differentiate and individualized learning plans to cater to student needs

  • Utilize data to drive instructional planning

  • Create lesson plans that go beyond the scope of the classroom (experiential learning)

  • Plan, facilitate and implement in-state, out-of-state, and/or international trips (twice a year)

  • Participate in the ski/snowboard or alternative physical education programs from January-March

  • Must be qualified to drive a 12 passenger van (clean driving and insurance record)

 

Job Qualifications Preferences:

  • Previous teaching experience, or completion of a teacher certification program

  • Have previous experience with high-poverty education areas

  • Previous involvement with experiential learning

  • Willing to engage in outdoor activities at high altitude

Transportation Coordinator and driver (part-time, immediate, 2024-25 SY)

CCS seeks an inspired and highly qualified part--time Transportation Coordinator and driver to work and deliver services to our K-12 student population of about 100 students, including scheduling use, driving, and upkeep of van fleet. Much of the job is identifying needs, finding qualified service providers, and tracking tasks to completion. Successful applicants will have excellent communication and listening skills, writing skills, and be proficient in using Google Suite. Applicants will be able to work with an innovative and motivated professional team in a school that emphasizes differentiated instruction through child-centered approaches and student-directed learning. Clean driving record (not CDL) required.

 

Duties include:

  • Maintaining and scheduling a fleet of 12 passenger vans and 15 passenger mini-busses 

  • Supporting field trips and staff drivers 

  • Documenting driver certification and vehicle logs, tracking digital and paper files

  • Scheduling qualified service providers, managing service agreements, and tracking completion for all of the above.

  • Driving schedule generally from 1pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday, other times, including some Fridays, as needed

 

Benefits 

  • Wage Range: $16.50-20.00 per hour for up to 32 hours per week commitment

  • Public Employees Retirement Account (PERA, 10% employee, 2x matched)

  • Professional Growth training and advancement opportunities

  • Great work environment

ParaProfessional (Classroom Aide, Specialists, Interventionists) (part-time, 2024-25 SY)

CCS seeks energetic classroom support staff. Employee will follow classroom teacher’s lead to assist with lesson delivery and to support students who need extra time or extra challenge. Position includes working closely with teachers and individual students, a focus on specific grade levels or grade bands, recess and lunch supervision, copies and office tasks, ordering supplies, and occasional driving. Regular work hours average 18-32 hours each week at competitive starting wages ($16.50-18.00/hr) based on experience.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support classroom teachers by assisting with instruction and clerical tasks

  • Work with students who need additional instruction

  • Prepare materials and equipment for activities

  • Discussing student's progress with their teacher

  • Support teachers and students with in-person learning

  • May be required to drive a 12-14 passenger van/bus (clean driving and insurance record, CCS will train) 

 

Job Qualifications Preferences: 

  • Experience with working with children

  • Pass a background check

  • Ideally two years of college minimum

 

Application Details

Timeline: position remains open until filled.

Music Specialist Teacher (part-time, 2024/25 SY)

CCS seeks an organized, energetic, skilled musician and educator to further develop a music program for creative enthusiastic students. Classes are grade-banded K-12, and curricular development will be based on existing resources, and music specialist  will build units and lesson plans to deliver, and they will also managing existing instrument collection. Position entails 8-12 hours/week, with starting wages $16.50-18.00 based on experience, and following the SY calendar.

Job Duties

  • Work with groups of students to make joyful sounds

  • Develop curriculum (or modify existing from similar programs) Grades K-8

  • Mentor individual and small ensembles grades 9-12

  • Coordinate with Theater and Art specialist teachers

  • Prepare materials and equipment for activities and lessons

  • Integrating with classroom teachers

  • May be required to drive a 12-14 passenger van/bus (clean driving and insurance record, CCS will train) 

 

Job Qualifications Preferences: 

  • Experience with working with children

  • performance, musical training, or education background

  • Pass a background check

  • Teacher's or substitute teacher's license

Substitutes and Mentors (part-time, SY 2024/25)

CCS is always looking to expand our Substitute roster. Call 719-256-4907

At the beginning of each Semester (August and December), CCS seeks mentorship opportunities for our HS students. This semester long commitment allows you to explore a personal passion and area of expertise with a curious HS student for 2-4 hours/week (plus 1-2 hours of prep time)

Expected openings include:

  • Substitute Teachers

  • Mentors

Application Details

Hiring Timeline: Positions remain open until filled.

Please submit the following (in one file, preferably PDF):

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • 2-3 recent letters of recommendations 

  • 2-3 additional references 

 

Send to Thomas Cleary at tcleary@crestonecharter.com

Please call 719-256-4907 with any questions

Learn more about the CCS learning model here

We have implemented a progressive form of proficiency-based education that centers around standards-based project and experiential education. In addition to facilitating learning for all the commonly tested content areas of traditional education, CCS teachers guide students through six non-academic content areas specific to our charter school. These are self-awareness and character development, artistic skills, service learning, environmental awareness, life-skills / health / body awareness, and cultural awareness. These “core values” are woven into everything we do and are emphasized through and during our outdoor and travel programming.  

 

Our small number of ninety students in grades K-12, within the five multi-age class units in our environmentally conscious schoolhouse, requires all faculty and staff to closely work together and participate in decision making. Teachers are empowered and expected to guide their group of learners along the path of self-discovery and academic growth.  Teachers are also expected to use their professional ethics and best judgment when designing projects and thematic units, including field trips to engage student learning. One of the major features of Crestone Charter School is the awesome trips designed by the teachers to expose the students to a world outside of our community. 

 

Our decisions are driven by the immediate needs of the children we serve. Our teachers have the voice and choice that some teachers in traditional schools have lost. Our teachers are not burdened with scripted lessons. Our school has the trust and support of the Governing Council that we serve. Our students encompass individuality and creative expression. They are extremely bright, and good-natured, especially with one another. They encourage one another and support each other’s academic success. Our school progressively redefines the possibilities of rural academic excellence; for those in the industry functioning at the level of change agent, this is an amazing place to be. 

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