July 14, 2016
by Kyle Callahan
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You’ve never worked in a school like ours.
First, our students are not like anyone else’s. Most of them — but not all of them — are diagnosed with behavioral, emotional, and/or learning disorders, which means our students need to work with incredibly patient and incredibly empathetic people, people who can move beyond the student’s oftentimes challenging behavior to a place where they’re able to develop mutual trust.
Second, our staff is not like anyone else’s. While it is true that we’re a school, we don’t necessarily require that our teachers have experience as…well, teachers. What matters more is that they are great communicators who are passionate about learning and deeply interested in developing real and lasting relationships with their students, making them less like teachers and more like mentors. You don’t have to be a certified teacher to work here, but you have to love — and we mean love — working with kids, as well as be absolutely committed to learning and growing as an educator.
Finally, our environment is not like anyone else’s. First, due to the nature of our students, you’ve got to be ready for anything. Second, our staff (who love to collaborate with one another) are given an unprecedented level of freedom to develop the content and scope of their classes (most of which are one-to-one or in very small groups). Third, our campus is — quite literally — boundaryless. While it includes two main buildings in the heart of Poultney and a seven-acre camp on a large private pond in Wells, we expect our staff to take advantage of all of the learning opportunities Vermont has to offer. We want them to take our students to explore its rivers, hike its mountains, bike its roads, climb its trees, visit its museums, and most importantly, converse with its great and gifted people.
There’s so much more we could tell you about LiHigh School. But until you’ve come to see it for yourself, there’s a real chance you simply won’t believe it.
While you should be prepared to offer classes outside of your comfort zone, we also have some very specific needs, for which we are now interviewing candidates. If you share any of the following passions, please get in touch with us as soon as possible:
Carpentry & Practical Arts
We are searing for someone who truly understands and loves the craft of carpentry and who is also comfortable with a variety of practical arts, including electricity, plumbing, auto mechanics, metalworking, etc. You’ll be expected to help our students develop visions and plans for their own hands-on projects and help them realize each step of those projects. You’ll also be expected to develop projects that our school requires to achieve the greater good, projects that may come from anywhere but which will still involve authentic learning opportunities for your students.
Our kids love games: video games, board games, role-playing games, games of chance, and just about everything else. And we love using games to provide them with valuable lessons about the real world. But now we want to hire someone who is just as passionate about gaming as they are about working with kids, someone who speaks the language of games and who is capable of going toe-to-toe with an autistic 12-year-old boy about the relative merits of various Pokémon. You might teach a class where the lessons are best delivered through games of MineCraft or Civilization or Dungeons & Dragons or Chess. Maybe you’re even working with the kids to develop games of their own. But at the end of the day, regardless of what you’re playing or sharing with the students, you remember to stay focused on helping the student make real advances in their understanding of and negotiation with the real world.
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
You are a STEM person. Some people are poets. Some are painters. Others are ballet dancers. But you…you’re a STEM person. You’re interested in things like robotics, chemistry, algebra, physics, nanotechnology, astronomy, and everything else that makes our world and our universe work. You’re just as comfortable helping a 14 year old explore the structure of the atom as you are helping a struggling 16 year old memorize her math facts. You know how to lead students through testing the soil in our gardens, as well how to use the construction of a chicken coop to deliver lessons on geometry. When a student tells you they want to build their own drone from scratch, your first question is, “When do you want to start?”
Fish & Game
When you think of your dream job, maybe you see yourself kneeling on the shore of an out-of-the-way pond, helping a teenager decide which lure to try this morning. Or maybe you’re teaching a young girl how to draw back a bow. Or maybe you’re snowshoeing with a small group of students through the woods, pointing out various tracks. It’s not the subject that really matters to you — because you’re comfortable with all of it; no, for you, it’s about where you are and who you’re with. You want to be out in nature, engaging with the rivers and forests, and passing on your experiences and your native wisdom to the next generation of Vermonters.
Seriously, this isn’t like any other school you’ve ever heard of. It’s LiHigh School. And we’re now hiring.
LiHigh School is an approved independent school for ages 11-21. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references. Selected applicants must have a cell phone, a valid driver’s license and a reliable car, as well as a willingness to transport students to and from school in their own vehicle. Applicants must also be able to pass a background check. Positions are part time at roughly 25 hours per week (not including compensated transportation of students), with the potential to become full time for those who consistently demonstrate a commitment to the growth and excellence of the school and our students.