The Community School of Mount Desert Island seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic educator to lead our multi-age grades 3-5 Intertidal class in partnership with the Class Support Teacher. This position begins August 2022.

The Community School nurtures, challenges, and empowers children by using the local community and natural world as our classroom to creatively explore all subject areas through a holistic, Place-based curriculum. Our 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, Handwork, and Nature Journaling complement the curriculum and are taught by skilled educators within the local community.

Salary Range: $36,000 – $42,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications, with benefits to include health and dental insurance.

Tagged as: Teaching/Education


A State of Maine Teaching certificate or equivalent is required.

Due to the active nature of our program, current certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or higher is required of all teaching staff and will be provided during in-service training.

Required Skills:

– A passion for Place-based teaching and learning;
– At least 3 years of teaching experience and is comfortable leading a multi-age group outdoors and in the classroom;
– Strong group dynamics and facilitation skills, with experience and understanding of late-elementary child development and psychology;
– Well-rounded and comfortable teaching and integrating all subject areas;
– Engages multiple ways of knowing into curriculum implementation and development.

Preferred Skills:

– Skilled in interpreting the natural and social landscapes of the Maine coast, including general natural history knowledge and ability to situate local history within a global context;
– Eager to engage with the social and natural ecology of Mount Desert Island and cultivate relationships with community partners;
– Works to uphold principles of social justice in the interest of students, colleagues, and the school community, and believes in education as a tool for powerful social change.

About The Community School of Mount Desert Island

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 highly collaborative teaching community that practices mindful listening and makes 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.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter and resume to school director, Jasmine Smith at [email protected], with “Elementary Class Teacher” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled.