A classroom teacher for the Chewonki Elementary and Middle School is a unique opportunity to be part of building a place-based education model in midcoast Maine. The position has direct responsibility for co-creating and delivering student-centered curriculum and educational experiences that are aligned with Chewonki’s Mission, educational philosophy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. The teachers and students use our Chewonki Neck property and the surrounding area as an extended classroom for a rigorous and integrated academic curriculum that is experiential in nature. This position collaborates with the Head of Elementary and Middle School and the faculty team, support departments, and other programs at Chewonki. Significant educational philosophy, curriculum, and student behavior/progress decisions are made with the Head of Elementary and Middle School.
The Chewonki Foundation (Chewonki.org) is a year-round, nonprofit environmental education center based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Our mission is to inspire transformative growth, teach appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenge people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. We offer a place-based elementary and middle school, a semester school for high school juniors, summer camps and wilderness expeditions, outdoor education programs, a youth mentorship program, and traveling natural history programs.
Position Title: Grades 5/6 Teacher, Dean of Students Employment Category: Category B Permanent/Temporary: Permanent Reports to: Head of Elementary and Middle School Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt Schedule (hours and weeks): Academic year, full-time Benefits Eligible: Yes
Teach and team teach a multi-age group of approximately 12 students in grades 5/6, both indoors and outdoors. Create a safe, supportive, and inspiring learning community with students, focusing on the social-emotional importance of the school experience and using the ‘whole child’ approach
Set clear behavior and academic expectations for students, cultivating an intrinsic motivation to meet them, and using positive discipline as needed
Collaborate with Head of Elementary and Middle School to create, document, and implement authentic curriculum that is place-based, integrated, and emphasizes hands-on, real world learning
Be well-versed in developmental stages and theory, as well as academic learning benchmarks, in order to craft theme units that are both developmentally appropriate and standards relevant.
Differentiate learning for students in multi-age group setting, with attention to individual learning needs and abilities, and providing opportunity for students to set and achieve learning goals
Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and an anti-racist mind-set in the interest of students, staff and faculty across the organization
Keep classroom organized and a ‘student centered’ space that allows for students and their learning to be the focal point of the classroom
Be a positive and supportive role model to all students and colleagues,
Track student progress regularly in several dimensions, and report and showcase student progress for parents at the end of each trimester
Lead regular outdoor learning excursions in accordance with all Chewonki policies and procedures
Engage in proactive and regular communication and check-ins with colleagues and parents as needed
Other responsibilities as assigned by the head of school
Dean of Students role:
Serves as the EMS liaison with Chewonki’s health and wellness team
Collaborates with the EMS team and Health and Wellness team to provide academic support and student counseling
Ensures the health and safety of students on campus
Coordinates parent-teacher conferences with support from administrative assistant
Coordinates new-student orientation
Develops and maintains the Student Handbook in partnership with EMS Team
Keeps the EMS Team informed regarding student issues and campus life
Works with the EMS Team to develop and manage academic and social policies, protocols, and practices that serve to support student development, learning, health, and safety.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Salary is in line with other small place-based independent schools in northern New England. Benefits include; health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, optional vision insurance, long-term disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service), paid time off and access to professional development funds.
At least three years of K-4 classroom teaching experience, including direct reading instruction that includes teaching phonics and spelling skills
Experience implementing place-based or experiential education
Excellent communication skills (interpersonal and writing)
Experience designing and balancing a solid social-emotional curriculum with a rigorous academic curriculum
Understanding of positive discipline, ability to facilitate a group of students in any setting
Ability to be physically active with students in a variety of activities; field sports, trip overnights, cross-country skiing, ice skating, running club, etc.
About Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves children ages 8-18 in summer, semester, and school-year programs; and provides training opportunities for educators and other outdoor professionals.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is comprised of approximately 42 students and 16 faculty members, and is a unique semester-length school program of the Chewonki Foundation. As a residential school, it is designed to offer high school juniors and seniors the chance to be part of a vibrant community located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula in Mid-coast Maine.
The Elementary and Middle School at Chewonki is an independent school for children in grades 1-8, modeling the best of innovative teaching, integrated academic practice, and experiential learning.