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Juniper Hill School is seeking a lead elementary teacher for our 1st/2nd grade class. The successful candidate will be an educator with a Master’s degree in education with several years of elementary teaching experience (non-formal and/or formal). Experience in place-based education, nature and/or environmental education is preferred. Maine state teacher certification and CHRC fingerprinting record check is required. Strong literacy and math teaching skills are required, as well as a strong ability to care for the social/emotional (classroom management) needs of the students. Experience and skill in parent communication/education are required. Candidate must demonstrate understanding of the developmental needs of elementary-aged children (play-based learning, gross motor movement, cultivating classroom community, and deep connection to nature and the arts) and have training in teaching loving kindness concepts in the classroom (such as Responsive Classroom). Comfort and competent self-care and care for students in the outdoors in all seasons is essential for this position (wilderness trip leading experience not required, but preferred). Prior first aid certification or willingness to earn certification is required (Juniper Hill School provides basic wilderness first aid, CPR, anaphylaxis, and medication administration training). Additional professional development opportunities will be available.

We need a self-motivated and directed individual with strong leadership abilities; excellent organizational, communication, and teaching skills; the desire to listen and speak with children effectively and with compassion; the flexibility to operate independently and as part of a team; an engaging personality; and a genuine interest in learning and teaching of elementary children, working with families, and cultivating community connections. There will be opportunities to present Juniper Hill School's program and practices at conferences/college courses/community events/for family education.

This position requires the ability to work with a small staff team (the school administrative team, lead teachers for the early childhood and other elementary classes, support teachers, the literacy coordinator, teachers in training, as well as a part-time teachers of the arts) in the ninth year of a young, thriving independent school. We seek candidates who are hard-working, enthusiastic, confident teachers and learners for a school that strives to be a model for 21st century progressive education in the midcoast area of Maine.

The lead teacher’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• developing integrated curriculum for ages 6-8, grades 1/2 (the “Sprouts/Branches” class)

• implementing math, literacy, and arts curriculum for ages 6-8, grades 1-2 in daily morning lessons and meeting times

• meeting with elementary curriculum mentor/elementary supervisor (Susan Stires) for literacy and math planning, as well as documentation and tracking students progress in academic portfolios

• leading children in grades 1-2 in place-based (science/social studies) planned lessons (the community-based and outdoor learning adventures must be connected to the integrated curriculum), submitting weekly lesson plans to Anne, as the place-based education coordinator

• supporting the students as they construct learning, both socially and academically, drawing on a variety of educational philosophies to do so

• guiding the children in creating portfolios of their academic work

• observing and assessing the children’s growth/learning (leading three conferences with families of children over the course of the year—at the end of each trimester)

• writing trimester reports on students' academic and social progress and meeting with families three times per year at the end of trimesters

• developing significant home/school relationships (starting with a letter and new student home visits in August)

• helping to reach into the community for developmentally appropriate projects and bringing the community into the school

To Apply: Please send, by mail or email, a detailed letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to the contact below.

Fingerprints and a CHRC background check will be required before hire.

Job Type: Full time, exempt

Salary Range: $32,000-36,000 (commensurate with experience)

Start Date: On or before August 20, 2019

Contact Person: Anne Stires, Director

Phone: 207.586.5711


Mailing Address: 180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535