The English teacher collaboratively develops curriculum and planning for Maine Coast Semester’s hallmark English course, Literature and the Land, with fellow English teachers. In keeping with the thrust of the semester school’s focus on place-based, experiential education, the ideal candidate for this position can connect our region (Maine/New England) to the study of diverse American literary traditions, as well as make connections between the themes of the texts studied with students’ experiences in the natural world. Moreover, we seek candidates who utilize an array of experiential and student-centered instructional strategies that promote both rigorous intellectual thinking and meaningful engagement.
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.
Chewonki is a school and camp based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sust...ainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves children ages 5-18 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.
Celebrating almost 30 years of place-based, experiential education, Maine Coast Semester is dedicated to facilitating each learner’s exploration of the interrelationship between people and the natural world through inspiring courses that examine natural sciences, environmental issues, art, history, mathematics, languages, literature and writing.
In addition to their studies, students work for several hours each afternoon on an organic farm, in the woodlot, or on maintenance and construction projects.
Students who attend Maine Coast Semester have completed a competitive admissions process and are highly motivated. They want to be part of a learning community where they can enjoy hard work, both physical and intellectual; and demonstrate a strong desire to contribute in some way to their world.
Maine Coast Semester students generally return to their schools with increased self-confidence; an appreciation for the rewards and struggles of community living; a deeper sense of stewardship for the natural world, and a developing sense of ownership for their education.
The close-knit, residential nature of Maine Coast Semester means that all faculty and students get to know each other very well over the course of one short, dynamic semester.