Magnolia substitute teachers aim to learn and apply the Magnolia Method, a play-based forest school curriculum inspired by the tradition of European forest schools. Substitute teachers promote the holistic development of all children, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. At Magnolia, teachers aim to inspire curiosity, possibilities, imagination, contemplation, and exploration in a setting where children are free to express their interests, their needs, and their passions. Our students’ needs are paramount, but a teacher’s role is not simply a supporting role, it is an active, guiding role. A teacher’s goal is to be co-constructing knowledge that guides and supports the work in progress that is each child’s cognitive development.
Substitute teachers will ensure student safety and follow site director’s risk assessments for all experiences in the forest. We expect teachers to carry supplies in and out of the forest each day, carry a small child if needed, and navigate uneven terrain. Our school operates 100% outside through rainy and cold weather. Teachers must dress adequately to stay warm and dry, including waterproof footwear.
We work to hire a diverse team of people who can support our culture of equity and inclusion. Previous experience in education or outdoor recreation is not required. We provide training and ongoing professional development, as well as opportunities for advancement. We expect substitute teachers to accept at least 2 work days per month.
Substitute teachers work varied days, are contacted in advance to schedule work as needed.
Location & School Schedule: September 6, 2023-June 14, 2024 (option to extend for July-August summer camps)
Magnolia Forest Preschool is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
We follow current WA Department of Health guidelines for outdoor early learning programs.