The Community School of Mount Desert Island is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic educator to primarily support our multiage, grades 1-2 “Woodland” Class socially, emotionally and academically, in partnership with the Class Teacher, in addition to small group work with other students in the grade school as necessary. This position begins August 2021.
The ideal candidate:
Has a passion for working with young people in a Place-based model;
Is comfortable teaching in a multi-age setting, outdoors and in the classroom;
Is flexible and dynamic in their thinking and skill set;
Is well-rounded, comfortable support teaching in a variety of subject areas;
Values relevant and authentic learning experiences;
Has clear, confident and engaging communication skills;
Possess strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
Embraces and values collaboration with current faculty, families, and our local community.
A State of Maine Teaching certificate is preferred, but not 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.
About The Community School of Mount Desert Island
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.