Unique opportunity to build a school


New Farm School

About the Community:

Surprise Valley is a remote agricultural community in NorCal. People know their neighbors. This is a community where you can still trade goods and services.

At an altitude of 5000 feet, this high desert landscape has breathtaking views, wide-open spaces, clean air, and wildlife.

About your employer:

Spencer Smith and Bree McKeen were married on the Smith Family ranch where they live with their three children. We believe that it is our job to create for our children a childhood full of joy, and to ensure that when they leave our home, they are fully prepared to be functional, healthy, and contributing members of whatever communities they are part of. Spencer is a full time rancher. Bree is the founder and CEO of a high-growth bra company, which requires regular travel around the world. We are busy professionals with demanding schedules, but there is nothing we value more than a quiet evening at home as a family with a home-cooked meal, followed by a scooter-ride through the cows!

About the Role:

In this role, you will be CEO of a new school. Initially, this school will be based in a modular unit on the ranch. However, we are actively looking for a property that will serve as the long-term home of the school. You will create from scratch a detailed plan for the “prototype year” of the school. You will design the space, purchase materials, manage contractors (as needed) to finish your school house as designed, and then move on to designing programs and curriculum.

Your student base will consist of 4-6 students from age 3-6. All students will technically be enrolled in home-school. It is expected that 1-1.5 hours a day will go to completing home-school curriculum, and the rest of the time will be spent on Montessory-based learning.

All funding and infrastructure will be provided by us, however, we have invited like-minded, values-aligned parents to share in our school community. Parents will contribute what they can in terms of parent-aid time, designing field trips and experiential learning.

Where you will live.

A beautiful cabin has already been secured for you and awaits your arrival.

About you:

You are poised, curious, assertive, and kind. You are smart, independent and hard-working. You believe that connected, creative, nature-based learning can change the world, and that is your personal mission. You are healthy and strong, both mind and body. You have often dreamt of starting your own school. You already have a vision in your mind of what you would do differently.

Specific Qualifications:

Certified Montessori educator

Demonstrated ability to plan and execute a start-up endeavor and see it to completion.

Preferred Qualifications:

5+ years of experience as a full-time educator

Fluent or Native Spanish Speaker

Salary: $45K – $65K depending on experience. 40 hours a week. 10 paid holidays (major national holidays). 10 days flexible paid vacation, as agreed.

Contact: Send Resume & Cover Letter to: Bree McKeen; bree@evelynandbobbie.com, 415.385.3774