Teacher and House Parent

Arthur Morgan School

About the organization

Arthur Morgan School is a small, alternative boarding and day school for 27 students in grades 7-9. Our 100 acre campus, located in the Black Mountains of North Carolina, consists mainly of woods and meadows, with creeks and a pond; it is surrounded by National Forest. The school fosters a loving, energetic living/learning community dedicated to supporting individuality while teaching group cooperation. We seek a balance between academics, outdoor
activities, artistic exploration, and meaningful work. We are staff run, meaning we do not have a director or head of school, and use consensus decision making to guide the school.


Teaching duties can include: teaching academic classes (Math, Science, English, Art or Social Studies) or electives (performing or visual arts, outdoor skills, woodworking, sports and games, etc.); educating students and participating with them in ongoing maintenance of the school grounds and buildings; leading sports, games, cooking, and chore supervision. All AMS staff are people with a variety of skills, talents, and interests, and our jobs cover a wide array of
responsibilities at the school. All staff are also involved in planning and leading outdoor education
through backpacking and other outdoor trips, as well as our 18 day academic field trips.
House Parenting Responsibilities: House parenting is a time-intensive position that involves living
in a boarding house with 4 to 5 students and a co-houseparent. Responsibilities of house parents include: running the household (facilitating student's chores, cooking meals and housework projects), identifying and working on general care of the house and grounds (including yard work, the maintenance of the appearance of the boarding house etc.), managing a house budget with a monthly house allowance, helping students
with homework, and having fun with the kids in daily life as well as in special house activities.
Staff also attend two weekly staff meetings and have a variety of other tasks in addition to teaching and house parenting, such as work in our garden or cooking a meal or snack for the school.


You must be committed to alternative education; be interested in learning; enjoy being around teenagers; be able to work cooperatively with other adults; and enjoy a simple lifestyle that includes physical work and outdoor activities. Experience in the position for which you are applying is an asset. Willingness to learn about and work within the consensus process is essential. Flexibility and a sense of humor are also very important. We ask for at least a two year commitment from new staff members, as it takes a year for new staff to become acclimated to our program. A four year degree or significant classroom teaching experience is required. We hire teachers with a range of teaching experience levels, from first year teachers to career teachers.


Staff receive room, board, utilities, fresh produce from our garden, access to studio spaces, and a salary of around $17,500

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send a resume with a cover letter stating why you want to work at AMS, how AMS fits into your on-going interests, and describing any relevant past experience. Call for specific job descriptions, information about openings or with questions. We typically review resumes and letters of interest every few weeks and phone interview several persons chosen from the pool of applicants. After a positive phone interview, we invite applicants to interview in person on our campus for two days and two nights. This visit includes time for both formal and informal interviews with
applicants and includes the opportunity for applicants to work with students and staff as we progress through our daily schedule.

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