Lead Guide (middle school)

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Lead Guide (middle school)

Lead Guide (middle school)

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Other - Full-time

Lead Guide for Early Learners

Are you convinced that the way we are educating children must fundamentally change? Do you have the patience needed to allow students to experience and learn from failure? Are you prepared to inspire a generation to tackle the challenges that lie ahead?

Journey Academy blends state-of-the-art learning software, real-world projects, Socratic discussions and a Hero’s Journey dialogue in a student-driven, multi-age learning studio. Our approach to learning does not include tests, grades, or teachers leading lectures. Our classroom structure is unique. It ensures that the Guides create and facilitate the learning environment, but empowers students to take ownership of their individual learning path and collective classroom governance.

Position Description: The Lead Guide will obtain a deep understanding of the Journey Academy education model and determine the best way to adapt the approach young learners, aged 5-7 years. This person will design a program in which young people can develop the skills and self-confidence to become independent and curious students.

Lead Guide in the Early Learners Studio will help each student find their calling and reach their full potential by:

  • supporting individual students in setting and achieving their learning goals
  • assisting students in identifying and pursuing their passions
  • facilitating Socratic group discussions
  • evaluating and refining the existing curriculum
  • designing and experimenting with new projects, tools, and approaches
  • organizing speakers and field trips to inspire heroes
  • creating and maintaining a studio environment that supports and motivates heroes
  • acting as a role model as an independent learner on a Hero’s Journey
  • documenting learning through hero projects, achievements, and everyday activity
  • guiding heroes through the creation of their learning portfolios
  • guiding heroes through difficult social & emotional challenges

This is a position for an independent learner can work with little direct guidance; someone who likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; someone who has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within; and someone who is a flexible problem-solver. It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard and is an active reader and writer.


At Journey Academy, it is important to be an active and passionate Christian, having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and strong Biblical Worldview.

We are looking for a Guide with a deep curiosity about life, a lifelong love of learning, endless patience, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Candidates should have proven excellence in guiding others, whether in or out of a school environment. Montessori, project-based and/or experiential learning experience is a plus.

We seek a Guide who loves to experiment, evaluate, and improve on everything they do. Candidates should have proven excellence in written and oral communication skills, and be comfortable using and learning a variety of technology tools. And most importantly, candidates should have a deep respect for all children. Journey Academy is a Founder-led organization, in the fourth year of operation, flexibility and being comfortable with change is critical.

Salary: Journey Academy offers a salary commensurate with experience plus a bonus structure based on performance.

Next Steps: Candidates should email a resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how their skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, how the position is part of their Hero’s Journey. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The ideal candidate will begin full-time work in the studio August 2019. Learn more about Journey Academy at www.journeyacademy.org.

Job Type: Full-time