Located on Maine’s rugged coastline, Maine Coast Semester offers a small group of diverse and academically ambitious high school juniors the opportunity to develop the habits of independent learning, an appreciation for the natural world, and the chance to practice the art of building a sustainable community. Living in free-standing cabins with classmates for an entire semester; starting most days before 7:00 a.m. with chores; eating meals communally; as well as managing a rigorous course load, only begins to describe the interconnected nature of teaching and learning at Maine Coast Semester.
The Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is seeking a full-time residential Spanish teacher starting August 2021. Responsibilities include teaching honors levels Spanish III-Advanced Placement courses. Candidates should have a high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that is committed to promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; this is more than a commitment; it is at the core of our work throughout Chewonki. As is, building strong relationships with students and colleagues. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of instructional strategies and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively to develop and plan curricula.
Successful candidates must have a proven record of engaging students in place-based learning, fostering critical reading and writing skills, and inspiring a love of learning.
The Spanish teacher instructs all Spanish language courses each semester. As our students arrive with diverse language backgrounds, and their sending schools request various topics to be covered during their time here, it is imperative that this teacher commits themselves to meeting students’ individual needs. Chewonki language classes are inherently creative and student centered, allowing students to utilize their Spanish in activities and projects that connect them to the natural world and understand a variety of Spanish speaking cultures.
Position Title: Spanish Teacher
Employment Category: Category B
Reports to: Head of Semester School
Schedule (hours and weeks): Academic
Benefits Eligible: Yes
- Teaching 3 sections of the honors Spanish
- Offering academic support for Spanish students outside of class
- Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and an anti-racist mind-set in the interest of students, staff and faculty across the organization
- Serve as an advisor for 3-4 students and as a mentor for a cabin of 6-8 students
- Work with students three days a week on morning chores and once a week in our afternoon work program.
- Assume rotating evening and weekend duty assignments
- Take on other semester school responsibilities based on skills and interests
- Live on the Chewonki campus and share meals with the community.
- Help to plan and lead field trips, weekend activities, backcountry expeditions, etc.
- Contribute to the Chewonki community through participation in chores, committees and foundation wide events.
- Must complete fingerprinting requirements of Maine Department of Education
- Driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier
- Attend Chewonki driver training
- Attend annual trainings conducted by the Chewonki health center
- Must hold an undergraduate degree in Spanish; advanced degree preferred
- Must have 3-5 years of successful teaching experience
- Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Ability to allow for ambiguity; and to analytically and strategically solve complex educational problems; to work on teams and to participate effectively with colleagues from all parts of the Chewonki Foundation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working and living in a dynamic semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
- Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
- Familiarity with the principles of Restorative Practice and Community Building
- Lifeguard and/or WFR certification
Salary and Benefits
Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England boarding schools and will be based largely on experience. Housing 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 when programs are in session, health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, long term disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service) and access to professional development funds.
To Apply – Open until position filled
Please see www.mainecoastsemester.org for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.
Please complete the following information and upload
- A cover letter explaining your interest
- One-page statement of educational philosophy