Classroom Teacher (Upper Elementary)

Position Description: 


A classroom teacher for the Elementary School at Chewonki is a unique opportunity to be part of building a place-based education model in midcoast Maine. The position has direct responsibility for co-creating and delivering student-centered curriculum and educational experiences that are aligned with the Chewonki Mission and educational philosophy. The teachers and students use our Chewonki Neck property and the surrounding area as an extended classroom for a rigorous and integrated academic curriculum that is experiential in nature. This position collaborates with the Head of Elementary School and all Elementary School faculty, support departments, and other programs at Chewonki. Significant educational philosophy, curriculum, and student behavior/progress decisions are made with the Head of Elementary School and may include the Chewonki President.

Position Title: Classroom Teacher (Upper Elementary)

Employment Category: Category B

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Reports to: Head of Elementary School

Non-exempt: Exempt

Schedule (hours and weeks): Academic year, full-time

Benefits Eligible: Yes


  • Teach one 3/4th or 5/6th grade multi-age class of up to 12 students both indoors and outdoors
  • Create a safe, supportive, and inspiring learning community with students, focusing on the social-emotional importance of the school experience and using the ‘whole child’ approach
  • Set clear behavior and academic expectations for students, cultivating an intrinsic motivation to meet them, and using positive discipline as needed
  • Collaborate with Head of Elementary School to create, document, and implement authentic curriculum that is place-based, integrated, and emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning
  • Be well-versed in developmental stages and theory, as well as academic learning benchmarks, in order to craft theme units that are both developmentally appropriate and standards relevant
  • Differentiate learning for students in multi-age group setting, with attention to individual learning needs and abilities, and providing the opportunity for students to set and achieve learning goals
  • Incorporate Morning Meeting (Northeast Foundation for Children Responsive Classroom Approach) and Closing Circle into each school day
  • Keep classroom organized and a ‘student-centered’ space that allows students and their learning to be the focal point of the classroom
  • Be a positive and supportive role model for all students and colleagues
  • Track student progress regularly in several dimensions and report and showcase student progress for parents at the end of each trimester
  • Lead regular outdoor learning excursions (striving for 1/2 time outdoors) in accordance with all Chewonki policies and procedures
  • Engage in proactive and regular communication and check-ins with colleagues and parents as needed


  • Connect with families at the end of the school day to build relationships and reinforce highlights of the day
  • Write regular class updates to families
  • Report significant student issues to the Head of Elementary School and parents in a timely manner
  • Work with Head of Elementary School and within established budget guidelines to determine needs and to purchase classroom and curriculum materials
  • Write a classroom work plan for substitutes in your class
  • Participate in weekly all-staff and faculty meetings
  • Collaborate with Head of Elementary School and other staff in program evaluation
  • Coordinate shared resource use with relevant staff at Chewonki (with Head of Elementary School support)
  • Participate in Chewonki all staff in-service days


  • Bachelor degree
  • At least five years of K-8 classroom teaching experience, across multiple subjects
  • Experience implementing place-based or experiential education
  • Excellent communication skills (interpersonal and writing)
  • Experience designing and balancing a solid social-emotional curriculum with a rigorous academic curriculum
  • Understanding of positive discipline, ability to facilitate a group of students in any setting
  • Ability to be physically active with students in a variety of activities; field sports, wilderness trip overnights, cross-country skiing, ice skating, running club, etc.
  • 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
  • Criminal background check and 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


Salary is in line with other small place-based independent schools in northern New England. Benefits include; health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, optional vision insurance, long-term disability, 403B retirement plan (currently matching up to 4.5% after one year of service), paid time off and access to professional development funds.


Please visit the Classroom Teacher - Upper Elementary School position posting on the Chewonki Foundation website at this link for a complete description and application instructions. 

Grade Level: 
Chewonki School


Submit Applications to: 

Please visit the Classroom Teacher - Upper Elementary School position posting on the Chewonki Foundation website at this link for a complete description and application instructions.