Teacher in Residence

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Teacher in Residence Program offers full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth.

This summer program enables teachers to expand their knowledge and teaching skills by pursuing creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom. 

The Teacher in Residence (TIR) will spend the equivalent of ten days during the summer developing elementary school-age self-guided opportunities for Holden Forests & Gardens. The programs need to meet the mission of HF&G and align with the state science standards. The TIR will produce lesson activities, materials, and background information, utilizing the expertise of Holden Forests & Gardens education staff.   

The resulting program and the skills gained in program development can be applied back at school, shared with fellow teachers, and employed to strengthen the curriculum. A stipend of $1,600 ($20 an hour for 80 hours) is awarded for this work. The participating teacher can bring their classroom for a visit during the school year free of charge. One graduate credit hour of independent study is also available if your school district approves. HF&G will cover the cost of the credit hour. 


Candidates for the Teacher in Residence must: 

  • Be a current or recently retired full-time science teacher in any grade
  • Be a team player who can also work independently 
  • Have a demonstrated interest in hands-on science 
  • Develop and share innovative approaches and techniques for teaching plants 
  • Commit the equivalent of ten days at Holden Forests & Gardens during June and July to develop the proposed program 

To Apply

Submit a resume and a sample of a curriculum you’ve developed by February 28th, 2023 to Rebecca Thompson, Education Manager, at bthompson@holdenfg.org 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Thompson at 440.602.3852. 

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