Classroom Teacher (Grades 7 & 8)

Full Time
Wiscasset, Maine
Posted 6 days ago

A classroom teacher for the Elementary School at Chewonki has direct responsibility for co-creating and delivering curriculum and educational experiences that are aligned with the Chewonki Mission and educational philosophy.  The teachers and students use our Chewonki Neck wilderness property and the surrounding area as an extended classroom for a rigorous and integrated curriculum that is both academic and experiential.  This position is open for grade 7 for the 2017-18 school year and will incorporate grade 8 in the fall of 2018. It is supervised by the Director of School Programs and collaborates with the Lead Teacher, support departments, and other programs at Chewonki.  Significant educational philosophy, curriculum, and student behavior/progress decisions are made with the Lead Teacher and may include the Director of School Programs and/or the Chewonki President.


Position Title:  Classroom Teacher (Grades 7/8)
Employment Category: Category B
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Reports to:  Director of School Programs
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks):  One week in June 2017, mid-August – mid June
Benefits Eligible:  Yes



  • Teach one class of up to 12 students both indoors and outdoors
  • Create a safe, supportive, and comfortable learning community with students
  • Co-develop, document, and implement curriculum that is place-based, integrated, developmentally appropriate, and standards-relevant
  • Create integrated science/social studies/literacy projects
    • Projects should be place-based, indepth, and appropriate to grade level
    • Students should work towards a final product, with checkpoints along the way, including peer review, teacher direction, and self-assessment
  • Support student-centered learning with collaboration, ‘teaching’ peers, and creating authentic learning experiences
  • Incorporate Morning Meeting (Responsive Classroom Approach) and closing circle into each school day
  • Keep classroom organized and a ‘kid-centered’ space that allows for students and their learning to be the focal point of the classroom
  • Use positive discipline to address student behavioral expectations that cultivate intrinsic motivation to ‘do the right thing’
  • Track student progress regularly in several dimensions
  • Record, report, and showcase student progress for parents at the end of each trimester
  • Lead outdoor learning (striving for 1/2 time outdoors) in accordance with all Chewonki policies and procedures
  • Mentor a teaching assistant, ensuring regular communication and check-ins



  • Collaborate with other faculty and staff to schedule “specials” during the year – farm, wildlife lab, art, team building activities, kitchen/cooking, etc.
  • Connect with families at the end of the school day to build relationships and reinforce highlights of the day
  • Write class updates twice monthly to parents
  • Report significant student issues to the Lead Teacher and parents in a timely manner
  • Work within established budget guidelines to determine needs and purchase classroom and curriculum materials
  • Write classroom work plan for substitutes in your class
  • Participate in weekly all-staff meetings
  • Meet regularly with the teaching team and Director of School Programs
  • Collaborate with Lead Teacher, Director of School Programs, and other staff in program evaluation
  • Coordinate shared resources to use with relevant staff at Chewonki (with supervisor support)
  • Participate in Chewonki all staff in-service days



  • Minimum of First Aid and CPR certification (Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification will be required within 6 months of hire)
  • Driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier
  • Attend Chewonki driver’s training prior to driving participants (classroom and behind-the-wheel)
  • Participate in professional development for Responsive Classroom Approach, positive discipline, and place-based education
  • Attend annual Chewonki health center training and orientation
  • Obtain and maintain a minimum of Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification within 6 months



  • Bachelors degree (Masters preferred)
  • Multiple years of K-8 teaching experience in a classroom or outdoors
  • Maine teaching certificate preferred
  • Experience implementing place-based or experiential education
  • Excellent communication skills (interpersonal and writing)
  • Understanding of positive discipline, ability to manage a group of students
  • Art, music, and/or sports experience preferred
  • Training in Responsive Classroom Approach preferred
  • Willingness to be flexible, adapt, and problem solve
  • Minimum of First Aid and CPR certification (Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification will be required within 6 months of hire)
  • Driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier



Salary is dependent on experience.  Benefits include; health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, optional vision insurance, long-term disability, 403B retirement plan, paid time off, and professional development funds.   



Please complete below information and submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (one page).