English Teacher – Residential

Full Time
Wiscasset, Maine
Posted 6 days ago

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.


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



  • 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.)



Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England boarding schools, and will be based largely on experience.  Room and board is included as part of living on campus. This is a full-time residential position on an August to mid-June schedule (~10 weeks vacation/year).  Benefits include housing, meals, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, total disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service) and access to professional development funds.  This position is scheduled to begin on August 17, 201

To Apply – received by May 1, 2017

Please see www.mainecoastsemester.org for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.  Please complete the following information and submit;

  • A cover letter explaining your interest (including academic subjects)
  • Resume
  • One page statement of educational philosophy or writing sample