The Community School of Mount Desert Island is seeking an interdisciplinary Science and Social Studies educator, with experience teaching in the field and a desire to integrate the arts into content areas. The ideal candidate will possess:
Experience in Place-based education and comfort in teaching in a multi-age setting, grades K-8;
General scientific and natural history knowledge and a familiarity with the ecology of the Maine Coast;
An interest in teaching local to global social studies concepts through the lens of citizenry, current events and social justice;
Visual and practical arts skills and the capacity to integrate the arts into science and social studies curriculum and field work, e.g. high quality final projects, nature journals, illustrations, etc.;
Skills and experience designing and teaching multi-week units of study with project-based assessments;
Skills to design curriculum that is meaningful, relevant, and experiential;
High standards for academic rigor;
Strong classroom and group management and collaboration skills;
Excitement to build and maintain community partnerships;
Experience—and necessary logistic skills—to integrate field-based learning and extended trips into curriculum;
A love for learning.
We are seeking an educator who embraces collaboration with current faculty, families, and our local community. A State of Maine Teaching certificate is preferred, but not required. This position begins Fall 2020.
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. Connection to one another and to the place we live is important to us and our learning. Both teachers and children are caretakers of the schoolhouse and property. Additionally, we extend our learning and stewardship to the surrounding landscapes and communities of greater Mount Desert Island, Maine and beyond.
If you are interested in joining our community, please send a cover letter and resume to school director, Jasmine Smith, with “Place-based Science & Social Studies Educator” in the subject line. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.