High School 

English and Social Studies Teacher

Our new teacher is:

  • Highly skilled in English Language and Social Studies instruction

  • Well-versed in differentiated instruction and enjoys the art of creatively meeting each student’s individual needs.

  • Someone who loves the arts and outdoors, and who forges strong mentor relationships with students.

  • Able to coordinate and lead integrated travel learning experiences, including national and international trips

  • Engaged with our unique, small-town community 


Crestone Charter School is a small rural charter school located in the town of Crestone Colorado, close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Crestone is a town tucked into the foothills of some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Colorado, the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. Crestone is an open-minded, adventurously unique, isolated, and tight-knit community serving more than twenty spiritual retreat centers of different creeds, with a population of 1,200 residents. 


The Charter School is the main 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.  


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 eighty 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 benefits of Crestone Charter School (when we are not in a pandemic) is the awesome trips designed by the teachers to expose the students to a world outside of our community. Ergo, 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 said trips. High school trips are longer and more intense than other grades and include international travel experiences every other year. Additionally, 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 high school ELA and SS content

  • Able to differentiate and create 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 (in alternating years)

  • Participate in the ski/snowboard physical education program 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 


The Crestone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.


Application Details

Hiring Timeline: (all dates may be subject to change)

June 22, 2021 Posting of position

Asap until July 5, 2021 Application due

Ongoing Interview dates

The position remains open until filled.

Start of work: August 9, 2021


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

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • 3 recent letters of recommendations 

  • 3 additional references 

  • Information when you can start to work at CCS

Send to Thomas Cleary at tcleary@crestonecharter.com  


Please call (401) 268 7240 with any questions