This position is responsible for both teaching nutrition and training teachers in physical activity integration so that they are motivated, skilled, and comfortable integrating physical activity into the curriculum and school culture. The job also entails providing information and opportunities related to other wellness topics (e.g., sleep, stress, wellness).
Duties and Responsibilities
- Teaches nutrition lessons in the elementary school classroom and school cafeterias.
- Collaborates with SHIP Registered Dietitian, SHIP Culinary Educator, parent volunteers and Master Food Volunteers to bring nutrition education and food tastings to school cafeterias and school events.
- Provides instruction and modeling to teachers/staff so that they will integrate physical activity into the core curriculum and school culture.
- Compiles lessons/activities that integrate physical activity into the core curriculum and school culture.
- Shares with all teachers lessons/activities that integrate physical activity and nutrition information into the core curriculum and school culture (via any or all of the following: staff development, handouts, website, emails).
- Collaborates with SHIP staff to create video and on-line resources to demonstrate physical activity and nutrition lessons and activities.
- Visits classrooms and provides feedback to teachers who are integrating physical activity and nutrition information into core curriculum and school culture.
- Provides instruction, modeling, and resources to teachers/staff so that they will increase students’ physical activity during recess and walk-and-talk.
- Provides instruction, modeling and resources to teachers/staff so that they will integrate brain breaks into core curriculum and the school day.
- Works with the school staff to plan and help implement healthy changes for staff, students and families.
- Works with the school staff to ensure that regulations to the WJCC School Wellness Policy are implemented fully.
- Assists with the data collection and evaluation of the program.
- Supervises college-student intern.
- Must be flexible and have the skills to teach both on-line and in-person as needed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
Undergraduate or advanced college degree in either elementary education, secondary education, science, nutrition, health communication, social sciences, public health, or physical education.
Possession or eligibility for a Virginia Teacher’s license. Extensive knowledge of health education and wellness topics such as nutrition and physical fitness. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Excels at developing rapport with adults and children. Excellent time management and creative thinking skills. Enthusiasm and passion for helping students and teachers develop healthy eating and active lifestyle habits. Ability to be a healthy lifestyle role model. Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends. Experience as an academic classroom teacher and experience training/teaching adults preferred.
May supervise college-student intern.
Reports to SHIP Supervisor and Principal/s.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer terminal; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 50 pounds; to bend, stoop, sit on the floor, climb stairs, walk and reach overhead.