We believe in the joy and adventure of learning.
This job is hard.
You will work long hours. You will be asked to care about every person in the building, kids and adults alike. You will be constantly challenged to be an excellent teacher, because our kids deserve nothing but the best teacher in every classroom, every day.
This job is joyous.
You will have the honor of celebrating success with our kids and their families. You will see how you make a difference in the lives of children. You will join a group of adults that love what they do. You will smile every day because you know you are changing the world.
This job is important.
Our staff is dedicated to empowering our scholars to live joyous, fulfilling, and productive lives. We work with urgency and dedication because our kids are worth it.
What about curriculum?
Willow uses the Summit Learning Platform. This tool empowers teachers to customize instruction and meet each scholar’s unique needs. It helps scholars connect their long term goals to their daily actions. Scholars move at their own pace to learn skills, apply those skills to real world projects and reflect on their learning. As a mentor, you help facilitate this process by supporting scholars as they set short and long term goals, and coach them through the process.
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School will host two Americorps positions in the 18/19 school year and invites thoughtful, enthusiastic candidates to apply to lead garden and food education as part of our team. Please pass this along to anyone interested in being part of a statewide school garden and food education team providing meaningful experiences for kids, volunteers and teachers.
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School aims to inspire healthy communities through food, farm and garden experiences. We believe a healthy community not only supports every individual’s well being, but also advocates for a healthy environment. Discovery in school gardens through engaging activities is motivating students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits, critical thinking skills and a comfort in the natural environment.
- Lead groups of elementary and middle school students in a wide variety of garden activities. Planting seeds, turning compost, propagation, watering, fertilizing, transplanting, harvesting, preparing soil, mulching, saving seeds, and general garden maintenance.
- Teach garden related lessons tied to academic standards: examining worms and other garden creatures, exploring soil, identifying parts of plants, as well as lessons on pollination, propagation, and natural history.
- each hands-on healthy cooking lessons to groups of students and community members. Garden/Food Educator will cook with students K-8 in outdoor kitchen (camp-type kitchen) environments as well as a few indoor classrooms where available.
- Lead art and craft activities in the garden: drying flowers, painting garden signs, making bookmarks, wrapping paper, seed art.
- Garden/Food Educator will act as volunteer coordinator – recruiting, training, guiding, instructing, and maintaining contact through phone, email, and social media.
- Perform general garden maintenance tasks – water, weed, plant, harvest, mulch, haul soil & debris, spread leaves and manure, turn compost, clean and organize garden sheds and equipment, build trellises.
- Model and encourage values that are integral to school gardens - curiosity, kindness, inclusion, equity, mindfulness, stewardship, service to others, community, health, peace.
- As a member of the Common Threads State-Wide Food Education Corps, participant will have the benefit of attending group trainings, meetings and other Team activities, some of which involve travel to Common Threads in Bellingham as well as other host sites around the state.
Please call Beth anytime at (509) 386-2037 or email her.