Private Educator for Nature Based Learning Environment

Sausal School - Portola Valley, California - Full time

Private Educator & Homeschool Teacher for Nature Based Learning Environment


Job Description

We are a fun, flexible, kind, open-minded and driven family of five looking to provide our children (ages 6, 8 and 10) with a unique educational journey by launching a school that will be part homeschool (teaching our three young children together), part activity group (a few hours a week we will invite other local children to learn and play together) and part traveling to our flower farm and ranch on the coast in Northern Santa Barbara County. Our home base classroom is a newly renovated large studio near our organic vegetable garden in Portola Valley, California. We also travel to Gaviota, California for approximately 4 separate weeks of the school year where our homeschool classroom will transition to our newly renovated barn space set on a working farm on the coast.

Your role will be to:

1) homeschool our rising 4th grade son, rising 2nd grade son and rising Kindergarten daughter in core subjects like math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and art,

2) help facilitate social activity groups which will meet for a few hours per week with a group of 6-10 year olds (some/most of this time will ideally be spent in nature). Please note: you are not responsible for the academic education of these children occasionally coming for peer-to-peer learning time

3) travel occasionally to our flower farm for on-site learning approximately 4 weeks out of the year.

We are looking for a private educator who is excited about educating young children and open minded to help our family create our dream school environment. You should be creative, intelligent, fun, passionate, flexible, well-organized and positive.


Portola Valley, CA

Start date

This role will start full-time in mid August 2022 but we are looking to find our dream candidate now so we can involve him/her in the planning for our ‘school’. This role would require a few paid hours a month between now and August 2022, and then a full-time (M-F 8-3pm) from mid August - June 2023.


  • Guide our soon to be 10 year-old son, 8 year-old son and 6 year-old daughter through core subjects like math, reading, writing, science, social studies and art.
  • Brainstorm with parents as we convert our newly renovated studio into a classroom space (we will complete the majority of the work but appreciate feedback, guidance and inspiration)
  • Be flexible and open to occasionally ‘relocating’ our home classroom to our flower farm on the coast in Northern Santa Barbara County
  • Use the best materials and curriculums to educate our children, including project based learning opportunities
  • Evaluate children’s progress and meet with parents regularly to share areas of growth, emerging mastery and learning edges
  • Manage classroom and keep space up-to-date with books, supplies and inspiration
  • Cultivate an environment which inspires a deep love of learning and real hands on life experiences
  • Coordinate and organize projects for socialization groups and peer-to-peer learning where we gather with other local children
  • Plan field trips and visits to neighborhood nature preserves, libraries, museums and/or local farms and beaches

Ideal Candidate

You are skilled, patient and knowledgeable about educating young children. You are flexible, creative and highly motivated. You believe children should be able to spend time in nature exploring and learning from the natural world. You are calm, composed and adapt well to different types of learners. You are excited about the opportunity to build your own little classroom and learning environment for children.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a respected college or university
  • Demonstrated passion for learning and a love of children
  • Previous experience teaching K-4 preferred
  • Ideal candidate has an interest in nature, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness, yoga, surfing, music and/or the ocean


  • Competitive salary + housing allowance (Total $100-$120K annually)
  • Family can help ideal candidate find housing near Portola Valley, California
  • Ability to use a newly renovated apartment on the coast in Northern Santa Barbara County
  • Access to car and paid car insurance
  • Paid cell phone
  • Health insurance stipend


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Experience Level

Mid Level

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