Teaching Fellow – Elementary & Middle School

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Elementary and Middle School teaching fellows share the values expressed in Chewonki’s Mission, are intellectually curious, believe in the principles of lifelong learning, are  agile problem solvers, can integrate feedback into their practice, and are growth-oriented, highly collaborative, and appropriately self-directed. Furthermore, it is essential that teaching fellows are actively pursuing teaching as their chosen career path, have a deep interest in working closely with children, and are committed to working on a team that is dedicated to the ongoing success of Chewonki Elementary and Middle School. 


The teaching fellow program provides an introduction to working at the intersection of place-based and experiential education in an independent school setting. Fellows work across the school’s programming, which includes academic classes and outdoor skill development. Fellows assist lead teachers while also holding primary areas of responsibility based on their skills and qualifications. Although the teaching fellowship is not a teacher-training program, there is an explicit mentorship structure that provides an introduction to practice, provided by the school’s leadership and faculty team.

Position Title:  EMS Teaching Fellow
Employment Category: Category E
Permanent/Temporary: One academic year, renewable for a second year
Reports to:  Head of Elementary and Middle School
Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full time, academic year
Benefits Eligible: Yes


  • Observe and assist in class(es) in collaboration with a lead teacher
  • Assist with off-campus field trips and overnight experiences for individual classes
  • 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
  • Facilitate daily meal and playtime rituals, and group activities 
  • Facilitate after-school programming for students
  • Attend training and planning days across the calendar year


  • 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
  • Fingerprinting through Maine Department of Education


  • 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


  • Minimum of a BA or BS degree
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching as a career
  • Record of personal academic success
  • Demonstrated history of successful experience(s) working with children  in a variety of learning environments

Salary and Benefits:

This position will be paid $26,000 on a semi-monthly cycle September through June.  Paid time off will accrue to nine days for the academic year in additional to school vacations.  Benefits include health insurance and access to professional development funds.

To Apply – Open until position filled
Please see the Elementary and Middle School’s website for more information about the school.
Please complete the following information and upload

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in teaching as your profession
  • Resume

Job Features

Job Category

Elementary and Middle School, Faculty/Educator Positions

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