FirstLine Schools: ASSOCIATE GARDEN EDUCATOR
Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans
About FirstLine Schools
In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school. Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans.
Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers. Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.
Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) envisions generations of New Orleans children who have healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves, and their community. ESYNOLA's mission is to teach children to make healthy connections through food. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs.
We believe that:
- Food education should be taught in conjunction with core academics
- Children learn by doing
- Health and wellness contribute to the success of the whole child
- Beauty is the language of caring
- Local farms and sustainable farming practices are vital
- School food reform is an integral part of the education we offer our students
- Families and communities are integral to our success
The ESYNOLA Associate Garden Educator’s role is to teach garden classes as a small group leader for upper elementary through 8th grade students, assist in preparation and breakdown of classes, contribute to lesson planning and classroom development collaboration, support the development and maintain of the garden.
Teaching & Learning
- Teach daily garden classes for upper elementary through 8th grade students
- Lead and manage a group (10-16 students) during each garden class, delivering content that is experiential, inquiry driven, academic, & sensory based
- Support students’ development of social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills
- Guide students through propagation, planting, cultivation and maintenance of the garden, with the guidance of lead teacher.
- Guide students to make connections between science standards and the garden, using the garden as a “living laboratory”
- Prepare for lessons, which include reading and reflecting on lesson plans provided by the Lead Garden Educator, and implementing individual creativity in the approach and delivery during small group instruction.
- Assist in the preparation/break down of classes
- Collaborate with the garden teaching team in class and curriculum planning sessions and lesson plan development
- Model respect and curiosity for learning. Encourage students’ interests and talents
- Maintain high expectations for all students in garden classes consistent with school culture
- Follow the FirstLine network and school specific procedures for student management
Garden & Horticultural
- Support garden maintenance and development, including: propagation (planting and sowing), soil fertility, crop rotation, pruning, irrigation, compost processing, and pest and disease management
- Remain engaged, knowledgeable, and “up to date” about the garden as it transitions through seasonal changes
- Assist with garden produce distribution projects, including harvest tables
- Support occasional weekend/holiday garden maintenance
Communication, Professional Development, & Outreach
- Participate in all FLS and ESYNOLA all professional learning time
- Attend regular Garden Team meetings to review, prepare for and contribute to garden class planning
- Maintain consistent and constructive communication/feedback with teammates
- Assist with ESY community, family, and fundraising events, including Open Garden Days (This may require some weekend work)
- Act as informal “ambassador” to the garden for visitors, volunteers, and school staff; includes answering questions, giving tours, etc
- Ensure an engaging and rewarding experience for volunteers. Help orient volunteers to the garden and garden-related responsibilities
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree OR 4 years of experience in garden education required
- Experience working with elementary/middle school aged students required
- Science instructional background strongly preferred
- Experience living and gardening in an urban setting
- Experience working in a public/public charter school setting preferred
Desired Qualities & Characteristics:
- Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum
- Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations
- Take personal responsibility
- Highly detail-oriented
- Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders
- Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Model the FirstLine Commitments
- We Work Together
- We Are Helpful
- We Are the Safekeepers of our Community
- We Share Joy
- We Show Results
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.
- Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)
ASSOCIATE GARDEN EDUCATOR reports to: Lead Garden Educator
How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.
FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.