Part-time Guide (teacher) for a Learner-Driven School

Journey Academy Colorado
July 6, 2021
Job Type
from $18 per hour
Education Requirements
High school diploma, Montessori certification preferred
Experience Requirements
Montessori teaching experience as a lead or assistant guide
Street Address
Shepherd of the Hills Church/Day School located at: 7691 S University Blvd Centennial, CO 80122


Journey Academy Colorado is a hybrid, independent Christian school that meets Mondays - Wednesdays, 8:00 am staff arrival until 3:30 pm each of those days. We are an affiliate of Acton Academy.

We are a Christian non-profit organization, and although we accept students and families of all creeds or none, and do not teach doctrine or dogma, we do ask that any applicants ensure that they feel able to sign a basic statement of Christian faith based on the Apostle's Creed.  Staff members are not asked to adhere to any denominationally-specific doctrines, but to have a posture of questioning, growth, and continual seeking are encouraged.  

Application instructions:  Please send an email describing in detail how you meet the qualifications below and why you feel you are an ideal fit for this position. In your email, answer the additional questions below.  Resume and references will be requested.

Are you passionate about seeing kids embrace their curiosity, develop in mindfulness and independence, and grow into people who will change the world for Christ?  Do you believe every child has a unique genius waiting to be discovered?  Do you believe that kids are capable of so much more than we imagine if they are empowered to take the initiative?
If you are willing to embrace a challenge that will allow you to learn on the cutting edge of learner-driven education with an open, transparent, and supportive team dedicated to empowering kids, you might have found your place!  Our school culture is built around openness, supportiveness, the willingness to try new things, and a love for Jesus.  Our staff embraces a willingness to fail while trying (and allow students to do the same) and to learn from those failures.

We are looking primarily for a Guide for our Sparks Studio, ages 4-7, however, there are other Guide positions available.



~Experience working with young people ages 4-18
~Excitement about learning new things as a life-long learner
~Willingness to try new things, even if they might not work
~Honesty about shortcomings and willingness to respond to constructive criticism, without being defensive
~Willingness to take on a number of "as-needed" tasks
~Excellent critical thinking skills
~Excellent verbal and written communication
~Deep excitement about and commitment to learner-driven education
~Willingness to step back and hand over responsibilities to students, resist rescuing them from failure, and ability to guide them in reflection afterward


Job Components:
~Take on a self-paced development and training program to deeply understand and practice the Acton educational philosophy
~Manage your learning studio with oversight and help from Lead Guides
~Create a fun learning environment through project-based learning quests
~Equip, empower, and encourage your learners to embrace responsibility, accountability, and grow in self-government
~Cultivate an environment of kind-heartedness and tough-mindedness
~ Seek to bring God and the Bible to the center of learning through wonderment, Socratic discussions, conflict resolution, and personal modeling
~Assist other Guides and Directors with various administrative tasks or project preparation as requested
~Participate in staff development and meetings
~Ask many, many questions


Opportunities for Growth at Journey Academy:
~Become a Lead Studio Guide
~Connect with learner-driven educators all over the world
~Develop new learner-driven projects and improve curriculum
~Have the opportunity to start your own Acton Academy in the future

~ 7.5 hour shift, Monday through Wednesday, beginning September 7th
~ 3.5 hours weekly of personal planning and prep outside of in-school hours

Summer Planning/Studio Prep:
- begins August 1st, flexible hours
- Self-paced training and phone conferences may be started upon hire date, if earlier than August 1st

Application Questions: please send an email answering these questions in addition to those listed in the above sections.

What makes you interested in this position?
What is your experience working with children and/or teenagers?
Do you have any experience with the Montessori method or non-traditional education?
After looking through our website, what intrigues you about Journey Academy?
What do you think about elementary students running their own classroom without an adult present?
What is the role that Jesus Christ and the Bible should play in a student's education?

Shepherd of the Hills Church/Day School located at:
7691 S University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122

This job is ideal for someone who is:
~People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
~ Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
~ Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
~ Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction with room for creativity and adaptation
~ Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require ingenuity
~A Good Role Model -- someone the students would look up to and aspire to emulate

This company describes its culture as:
~ Innovative and risk-taking
~ People-oriented -- fun and relational
~ Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
~ Christ-centered -- prayerful and supportive

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