Open Position—Upper Elementary Teacher

Full- or Part-Time (Monday-Thursday OR Monday-Friday)

Starts August 2019

Nomad’s upper elementary program (ages 7-10) will first launch in the fall of 2019; therefore, the upper elementary teacher will play a key role in building and designing this new program. Our program is rapidly evolving, so candidates must be enthusiastic about wearing many hats and taking on a variety of additional roles as needed.

We are seeking a full-time upper elementary teacher who is passionate about progressive, project-based education, loves collaborating with 7-10 year olds in inquiry and play, and is confident working closely in small teams of colleagues and parents. The ideal candidate for this position has experience working with gifted, twice-exceptional, and/or neuro-diverse students and loves active, constructivist pedagogy. Our program immerses students in thematic concepts through frequent excursions and field trips (2x per week), expert-led workshops, individual and small-group projects, and play. Our educators prioritize utilizing the natural world and larger community as fundamental resources to learning.

Job Responsibilities

  • Teach confidently and passionately, meeting the individual needs of each student

  • Sustain a culture where all students and staff are valued and seen as unique, dynamic people

  • Create an inquiry-based learning environment and hands-on, project-based experiences that promote curiosity, honor the creative expression of students, and drive critical thinking.

  • Develop and differentiate curriculum, assessments, and projects for all learners

  • Document class experiences through photographs and daily narrative updates for families

  • Communicate families regularly and proactively

  • Facilitate conferences with students and parents that leverage the strengths of students to promote academic, social, and emotional growth

  • Commit to ongoing professional development

  • Oversee students in the workshop and ensure proper safety around all tools and equipment at all times

  • Participate in monthly community meetings held in the evening

  • Assist with admissions process as needed

  • May be required to become a certified bus driver and drive the Nomad school bus


  • Open to integrating new ideas

  • Confident risk-taker

  • Flexible planner and facilitator - able to think and act on your feet as interest and need arises

  • Reflective upon practice

  • Reliable

  • Sense of humor and a love for playing with the students

  • Collaborative

  • Strategic, adaptable, and creative thinker

  • Enthusiasm to be part of a new, growing program

  • Passionate maker, machinist, designer, or artist - whatever that means to you


  • Experience teaching elementary school

  • Degree in education or relevant discipline (strongly preferred)

  • A desire to collaborate with staff to create interdisciplinary learning experiences

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Love of students ages 7-10

Compensation will be competitive relative to experience. Nomad is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse staff, student, and parent community.

How to apply

  • Submit a cover letter and resume to; mention Upper Elementary Candidate in the subject line

  • Include at least two professional references with contact information and job title for each.