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Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures is looking for dedicated and outstanding individuals to become a part of our teaching staff. This summer learning program has become a community tradition by offering in-depth hands-on learning experiences for students who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade. With over 120 camps offered each summer, we are always looking for enthusiastic and creative teachers to add to our staff. If you would like to find out more about our program, please e-mail TeacherRecruit@BrightLights.org.

Hear What Other Teachers Are Saying!

"Every time I teach a Bright Lights class I receive several emails from parents describing what a great experience their child had in the program. What's more, I have my students write a reflection on their learning at the end of each weekly class, and overwhelmingly these students describe a very positive learning experience."

"I feel like this is the type of teaching I thought I would get to do when I was in college preparing for a teaching career. This program has rejuvenated me and I'll be stepping back into my classroom in the fall much more ready to go after having such a great experience with Bright Lights."

"I've personally loved being able to connect with students and watch them grow over the week. Being able to teach a child a new skill that they are excited about is such a thrill and is really personally rewarding."

"The smile on each child's face at the end of a Bright Lights class speaks more than any words can describe."

Program Overview

A teaching certificate is not required to teach for Bright Lights. Approximately one-third of the teachers are community members who have a passion they wish to share with students. The remaining two-thirds teach at local elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions.

Five week-long sessions of classes are offered each summer. Half-day camps are either 9 AM - 12 PM or 1 - 4 PM. Full-day camps are from 9 AM to 4 PM. Teachers are paid accordingly for half-day and full-day camps.

The camps offered are a combination of new camps along with past favorites. The camps consist of a wide variety of topics and incorporate STEAM-based activities or curricula (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in almost all of them, including the literature, social studies and outdoor education camps. The curriculum is created by the teachers and is based on their passions and interests.

Most of the camps are held at a main program site, Holmes Elementary School; however, community sites (UNL, other LPS schools, Holmes Lake, etc.) are used when this best meets the needs of the camp.

Camp size is generally 17 students for grades K - 2 and 20 students for grades 3 - 8. Full-day camps may vary. Camps size may be adjusted when co-taught.

Each camp has one or more Camp Assistants aged 8th grade to adult.

For additional information, please contact the Education Coordinator, Renee Ford, at the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115, ext 42, or email TeacherRecruit@BrightLights.org.

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