Humanities Teacher – Residential

Full Time
Wiscasset, Maine
Posted 6 days ago

The humanities teacher instructs two of three Honors United States History classes and one section of Lit for our 11th-grade students each semester.  One United States History course is taught at the Advanced Placement level and is a chronological survey of our nation’s past, emphasizing the political, economic and social forces that have shaped our past and present. This course specifically prepares students to successfully complete the AP US History exam that is administered by the College Board in May.  The Honors United States History course is taught thematically, using essential questions that invite students to wrestle with key concepts, trends and the habits of historical thinking. In the fall semester the course incorporates the history of native peoples and the first European settlements through the Civil War; spring semester the course spans the second half of the 19th century through the late 20th century.  Both semesters highlight particularly relevant histories of Maine and New England.


Position Title:  Humanities Teacher
Department/Program:  Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki
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 2 sections of US History (Honors and Advanced Level)
  • Teach 1 section of English class, Literature and the Land.
  • Give extra help in History and English as needed.
  • During the spring term, instruct extra-curricular AP US History study sessions.
  • 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 a cabin of 6-8 teenagers
  • Assume other responsibilities as needed.



  • 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 the first year of employment
  • Complete winter and summer trip training within the 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 (History/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, 2017


Please see 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