Bloom Community School is a fantastic place to work for individuals interested in progressive, community-connected, inquiry-based education. Joy in learning and relating is part of our organizational design, and includes a low student-to-teacher ratio, collaborative teaching approach, and a bend toward social justice within a reflexive learning environment. Bloom is a home for entrepreneurial, creative, connective teachers who have a passion for the learning process and for meaningful student and community engagement.  



Bloom Community School is seeking to expand its select group of substitute teachers. Our school values racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and social diversity and we seek applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.


Bloom Community School is an independent, coeducational elementary school serving families with children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in the progressive philosophy of education, Bloom is dedicated to innovative, research-based educational practices that support inquiry-based learning and fostering self-understanding as part of social-emotional growth and wellbeing. We value critical thinking, varied individual and collaborative approaches to learning, authentic assessment methods, and creative, child-focused curriculum development. Small class sizes create opportunities for individualized, attentive pedagogical practices that include emphasizing 21st-century skills and social justice concerns.



Substitute teachers will join this collaborative teaching group to help to implement our unique inquiry-based programming when needed. Substitute teachers may work full or partial days Mondays through Fridays, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending around 3:15 p.m., and should be prepared to be present with students during that time with rotating breaks. Substitute teachers will carry out the learning day schedule for each class with guidance from permanent staff, and provide as consistent as possible an experience for the students.



The person we are seeking will have:

  • teaching experience at the elementary and/or middle school level;

  • a bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience;

  • an interest and/or experience in Progressive education practices;

  • ability to help nurture children’s individual and healthy identities;

  • dedication to equity and social justice;

  • the capacity to understand, appreciate, and reflect the diversity of Bloom’s families;

  • willingness to be flexible and adaptable;

  • the skills to communicate well interpersonally with students, parents, colleagues;

  • engaged energy, a strong work ethic, and a positive, collaborative attitude.



Contact Bloom Community School with a letter of introduction and interest to, along with resume and references. We will contact interested teachers to set up a time to visit the school and speak with staff to discuss fit and preparation for our unique, nontraditional learning environment.

Bloom Community School is committed to attracting staff of varied backgrounds and to developing inclusive classroom communities that draw strength from a positive recognition of diversity. We value diversity in our community with regard to gender, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, and ability.


Phone: (309) 808-1192



1100 N. Beech Street, Building #11

Normal, IL 61761

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