~ Paid Teaching Internship/Classroom Assistant
Frog Hollow School is looking for an enthusiastic and kind person with an interest in alternative/arts education to assist in the classroom. Great opportunity to observe a thriving alternative education class in action and to develop teaching skills with mentorship.
Frog Hollow School is a writing program for homeschooled children ages seven through twelve. Frog Hollow classes meet weekly for a whole school day and explore many aspects of language arts, using poetry and other creative writing as the core of a curriculum that also includes spelling and grammar, word roots, storytelling, research writing, persuasive writing, art, singing, and nature studies. We spend over an hour every class playing outside and exploring nearby parks. Each class is a mix of ages and academic abilities, and each child approaches the projects individually.
There are two separate classes: one that meets in Carnation on Wednesdays and the other that meets at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle on Fridays. Assistant currently needed in Friday class. Classes have 16 students, a teacher and an assistant. Becca Hall, the director and main teacher, will be on maternity leave during the winter and there will be a substitute teacher for that period.
Assist in the classroom, helping students individually with academics, creative work, behavior, and other needs. Help with set-up and clean-up before and after class. Assist teacher with in-class prep. Accompany class on outdoor adventures.
Supervise/participate in snack and lunchtime. Be a continuous presence throughout the year to help bridge the transitions between Becca and the maternity sub. Help with more physically demanding aspects of the classroom (ie. moving supplies etc.), especially as Becca’s pregnancy comes to term. Set a positive, nurturing, kind, imaginative, and playful tone. Opportunities to lead lessons, as well as support in developing teaching skills.
Hours: Fridays 8:45 – 3:15 in Seattle.
Pay: $16/hr, no benefits.
~ Intention to work the whole school year, September to mid-June.
~ Commitment to showing up reliably and on time.
~ 18 years or older.
~ Willingness to be fingerprinted and to pass background check. (Will be reimbursed for fingerprinting.)
~ Ability to carry folding tables and boxes of supplies and to accompany class on walks in the woods.
~ Experience and/or interest in education, especially alternative education.
~ Willingness to participate in group singing time.
~ Strong spelling and grammatical skills (and/or the humility to check when you don’t know something).
~ Reliability, kindness, patience, sense of humor, and strong communication skills.
~ Willingness to take instructions and assist teacher’s vision.
Additional desired strengths:
~ Interest/skills in poetry, literature, storytelling, or other aspects of language arts.
~ Knowledge of other languages.
~ Artistic abilities in any discipline.
~ Natural history knowledge.
~ First aid skills.
~ Familiarity with different learning styles and challenges, whether through personal experience or study.
~ Desire to gain experience leading lessons and receive mentorship in alternative education.