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).
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Field Manager: Anna Sherod
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
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
QUALITIES NECESSARY TO SUCCEED AT EAST FORK:
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
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.