Position Title: English Teacher Employment Category: B Permanent/Temporary: Permanent Reports to: Head of Semester School Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt Schedule (hours and weeks): mid-August – early June Benefits Eligible: Yes
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.
Teach 3 sections of ten to fourteen student in Literature and the Land.
Give extra help as needed, especially with writing.
Advise 3-4 students.
Work with students for afternoon work program and on morning chores.
Participate in rotating duty schedule on weeknights and weekends.
Mentor and support a cabin of 6-8 teenagers
Assume other responsibilities related to individual skills and interest
Live on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community.
Help lead field trips, weekend activities, wilderness trips, etc.
Assume other responsibilities as needed.
Contribute to the Chewonki community through participation in chores, committees, and events.
Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier to drive participants
Must pass annual background check
Attend Classroom Driver’s Training prior to driving participants
Obtain minimum of Wilderness Advanced First Aid within first year of employment
Complete winter and summer trip training within first year and every 2-3 years thereafter
Complete Chewonki health center trainings annually
On campus orientation and training to Chewonki mission, approach, and position responsibilities.
A successful candidate:
Will embrace the demands of being an impactful teacher with high expectations of students in a boarding school setting
Possess a curiosity and growth-oriented mindset
Be keenly interested in contributing to a highly effective and compassionate team of adults guiding students through transformative learning.
A BA or BS degree (English or related subject and a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience are required; an advanced degree in Education or related field is preferred.)
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.