The Community School of Mount Desert Island is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and enthusiastic educator to lead our multi-age grade 6-8 Middle School “Alpine” class of 10 students. This position begins August 2021.
The ideal candidate:
- Has experience in Place-based teaching and learning;
- Is comfortable teaching in a multi-age setting, outdoors and in the classroom;
- Possesses general natural history and ecology knowledge of the Maine coast;
- Has a sincere passion for teaching the middle school age group and experience and understanding of middle school development and psychology;
- Is well-rounded, comfortable teaching and integrating all subject areas;
- Engages multiple ways of knowing into curriculum implementation and development;
- Values relevant and authentic learning experiences;
- Has strong group dynamics and facilitation skills;
- Has clear, confident and engaging communication skills;
- Embraces and values collaboration with current faculty, families, and our local community.
A State of Maine Teaching certificate or equivalent is required.
Located along a tidal creek and salt marsh in Somesville, Maine, the school occupies a historic farmhouse surrounded by field and forest. We are a state-certified, independent school, incorporating a variety of teaching methods in our Place-Based model, cultivating a sense of self, place and community.
Connection to one another and to the place we live is important to us and our learning. We are a tight-knit community, one that cooks a meal together on Friday afternoon, and conducts weekly all school meetings in which we practice mindful listening and make decisions together. Both teachers and children are caretakers of the schoolhouse and property. Additionally, we extend our stewardship to the surrounding landscapes and communities of Acadia National Park and local land trust preserves.
Our strong academics are rooted in what is developmentally appropriate for each child. Small class sizes allow for a balance of collaborative and collective learning, as well as individualized attention. Our “Expedition” unit is interdisciplinary, with a focus in the sciences and social studies. The “Math Workshop,” (based on Eureka Math) and “Language Arts Workshop,” (based on the Units of Study curriculum) use active and engaging learning to explore math, reading, and writing. A weekly “Outing” affords off campus study and continued collaboration and stewardship with local people and places. Weekly specialty classes in Music, Spanish, Handwork, and Nature Journaling complement the curriculum and are taught by skilled educators within the local community.
If you are interested in joining our community, please send a cover letter and resume to school director, Jasmine Smith with “Middle School Class Teacher” in the subject line. The position will remain posted until filled.