The Athenaeum Learning Center, an innovative private school in Pembroke, MA, is looking for a full time instructor to co-lead the our innovative Forest School program.  The ideal instructor will be native in a foreign language, preferably Chinese, although other languages will be considered.



  • Work with other Forest School instructors to design and implement a holistic, outdoor-based education designed for students who are approximately 4 through 7 years old. 

  • Work with the other Forest School instructor to develop daily, weekly, and monthly programming following the Athenaeum Learning Center's holistic learning philosophy and curriculum.

  • Maintain the Forest School classroom spaces, keeping them neat and organized and ensuring that they are left in a ready-to-use condition at the end of each day.

  • Be able to work from 8am-4:00 on Mondays, and 8am-3:30 on Tuesdays through Fridays during the school year.  We ask that you try to be available for occasional school events that happen outside of normal hours, including occasional Open House and recruitment events, an annual school concert, etc.  These things have already been scheduled for the 2018-19 school year, although we do try to work around teacher availability.

  • Help supervise older students during morning recess and lunch.  All of the teachers are expected to work together to establish a break schedule that ensures appropriate supervision of all students. 

  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.


The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience teaching students from 4-6 years of age.

  • Is a native speaker of a foreign language, willing to implement a partial immersion program with our students.  This position was previously held by a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and priority will be given to an instructor who can continue that, although we can be flexible about the language chosen for the right candidate. 

  • Is supportive of innovative educational models, and willing to create an environment where students of a variety of ages and abilities can learn together.  Many of our families are homeschoolers and do not follow a traditional curriculum.

  • Is a flexible, creative, team player willing to take risks in designing and executing new programming, and adapting said programing based on the wants and needs of our students, family, and community.


Salary and benefits:

  • Salary range is $30,000-$35,000 for 10 months (September through June).  We do run summer programming, and there is the opportunity to also work in July and August, if you are interested..

  • We are able to offer health insurance.

  • We offer free tuition for any children from 4 years through 8th grade living in your household.  We are also able to offer a generous discount at a local daycare for children under 4 years.


The Athenaeum Learning Center does not discriminate, in either employment or admissions, based on the race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. This applies to both students and families.  We are committed to creating a multicultural environment, and to seeking out a diversified student body and faculty. We are committed to the support and respect for the dignity and worth of each member of our community.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to  Any job offer will be contingent on passing a comprehensive 50 state criminal background check.

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  Forest School Language Instructor  

Athenaeum Learning Center

15 Columbia Road, Suite 5, Pembroke MA 02359

Tel: (781) 499-5388

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