Kingdom Workers: Apache HS

TEACH on the Apache Mission

Train students in academics and God's Word


East Fork Lutheran School on the Apache mission in Arizona is introducing a 9th grade class this year. This is an important step for Christian education on the White Mountain Apache Indian reservation, and an incredible opportunity to mentor young people as God’s children. Kingdom Workers is partnering with East Fork Lutheran School to provide a teacher who will teach 9th grade Science and P.E./Health on the Apache mission field. Please apply if you are interested in teaching both Science and P.E./Health or either single subject area.

GOALS & ACTIVITIES:  The introduction of 9th grade at East Fork School is especially exciting for the community, and you will be an integral part of this important step. As a Science, P.E. and Health teacher, you will directly influence a small class of freshmen (around twelve students). The goal of your work as a Kingdom Workers teaching partner is to serve East Fork Lutheran School as they offer Christian education in an area that has many challenges for young Christians. Young people on the White Mountain Apache Indian reservation battle high suicide rates, alcoholism, abuse, childhood diabetes, poverty, and various other challenges. They need a great Science, P.E. and Health teacher, as well as a great Christian mentor.

The East Fork faculty is committed to the growing mission of the East Fork Mission and long to better support Christian youth in the area. You get to work together with the faculty as you build the most important foundation in student’s lives - the sure knowledge that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Living on the White Mountain reservation provides regular opportunities for sharing your faith; being strengthened and encouraged as you strengthen and encourage others in times of sadness, struggles, joy, and laughter. There are also ample opportunities available to volunteer outside of your role as a teacher in the areas of community health education, church maintenance, alcohol recovery ministry, music ministry, and more. The White Mountain Apache tribal lands are a pristine natural treasure, populated sparsely with a close-knit family community that you will truly come to love.


  • Monitor students before, during and after classes.
  • Ensure classroom is neat and tidy each day at your departure
  • Prepare the weeks daily lesson plans and materials in advance
  • Send homework home in an organized way so parents are clear of expectations.
  • Write regular newsletters to parent
  • Keep frequent written assessments of the children, discuss and concerns with principal
  • Make yourself available to meet with parents at regular intervals and as requested
  • Help students maintain a portfolio of work

WHERE: East Fork, AZ

WHEN: Full school year

  • First Day of School: August 10th
  • Last Day of School: May 26th

STIPEND: $4,000 per course taught per year

HOUSING:  Furnished housing and utilities provided on the East Fork campus

Note: Insurance is not provided. This opportunity may work well for applicants who have their own insurance (retirees or recent college grads).

Learn more about Kingdom Workers: Apache

Contact:Laura Harstad
Phone: 262-955-4643

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Field Manager: Anna Sherod


Aptitude for Science and/or Health education

Passion for mentoring youth

Bachelor’s degree in education or related field preferred

Experience teaching high school preferred

International or urban USA school teaching experience encouraged

Prior cross-cultural volunteer or professional involvement a plus

Must be a WELS/ELS member in good standing


    Interest in understanding the Apache community

    Manage conflict in a Christ-Like way

    Ability to accept challenges

    Must put others first and understand how others see you

    Willing and ready to learn and grow

    Self-disciplined in daily activities

    Honesty and humility when sharing feedback with others

    Cultural Considerations:

    In-depth orientation on community culture/demographics/history will be provided.

    Due to high incidence of alcohol abuse in the surrounding area, drinking alcohol will be highly discouraged on this project. 

    While on the White Mountain reservation, there are many opportunities for hunting/fishing/hiking (you will need a permit). There is a small museum in the Ft. Apache area with an admission price of $5. The nearest off-reservation town, Pinetop, is 45 minutes away and offers hiking, restaurants, movie theaters, and larger stores. The Salt River Canyon, about an hour and a half away from Whiteriver/East Fork, is an impressive natural treasure.