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Maker Educator Coach - Montgomery County - 2016-17 School Year

FutureMakers is a growing team of maker education coaches - makers who teach, and teachers who make - with active practices as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, and exceptional educators. We partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area to provide immersive,  K - 8 learning labs  where  young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and  technologies, in material-rich environments. Our in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences foster essential connections  between young makers and and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators, ready to reimagine and design the world around them. FutureMakers coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

We encourage our coaches to follow their passions in and out of the classroom environment, using their own interests and skills to connect with young people. We’re seeking makers and educators who consider themselves experts in technologies, fabrication traditions, STEAM and  maker education, and are ready to grow unique learning experiences that will change how a young person sees themselves in the world! We believe kids make things better.

We lead after-school maker education programs at a number of progressive after-school sites in Montgomery County, including:

A. Mario Loiederman Middle School
Argyle Middle School
Forest Oak Middle School 
Neelsville Middle School
Montgomery Village Middle School
Montgomery Village Middle School 
Westbrook Elementary
Chevy Chase Elementary
Kensington- Parkwood Elementary

Levels Taught:
In-school - Elementary and Middle
After-school - 1st through 8th grade

Class size:
Minimum 12, maximum 24.

Additional schools are joining our roster each season, and this list will increase.

Instructional Team:

You'll lead the creation of unique workshop plans, which develop and evolve throughout the workshop duration. Although many of our partner sites are facilitated by single coaches, FutureMakers coaches often work with a Support Coach at sites with larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. Together, you will plan, instruct, and assess your project's progress. On site, you report to our partner site manager. 

Class Schedules:

The majority of our programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 - 7:00 PM, but some take place outside of those hours, or on weekend days. Schedules are planned and discussed in advance, and are fixed. 

Position Type:

Part-time; 10-20+ hours per week, depending on experience.


Coaches earn $40 to $50 per Program Hour, based on experience, with opportunities to grow within the role. The Program Hour Rate is compensation for all planning, preparation, and management required to successfully run your program and also your attendance at meetings. Program Hours are defined as as any time spent in direct instruction for a program. We offer flexible schedules, and all team members choose coaching opportunities that fit their schedule and areas of expertise.  We pay for all training and ongoing professional development.  We offer paid travel for locations more than 30 miles from your home region. 

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Design, document, prep and present original workshops.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a coaching assistant.
  • Complete daily check-ins to share progress and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Semimonthly reports for each site you lead. 
  • Reliable transportation - sites we serve are not always accessible by public transportation, and you will transport your materials.
  • Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).

Candidate requirements:

  • 2+ years facilitating youth-centered learning experiences.
  • ​Adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in formal and informal settings.
  • Examples of your skills as a maker.
  • Professional references that tell your story as a coach.
  • A sample project narrative / lesson plan (see screening tasks.)

Website:  The FutureMakers!


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