Job Description

Posting Date: March 18, 2014
Closing Date: April 11, 2014 (or until filled)

Juniper Hill School, a small, innovative, primary and elementary school in Alna, Maine is seeking a full time lead teacher for grades 3-4. This person will teach, guide, and support students in their core skills lessons (math, reading, and writing) in the mornings and in integrated, community based social studies and natural science curriculum in the afternoons. This teacher will develop and implement lessons, and lead morning meeting, meal times, and all explorations and art activities throughout the day. A typical day includes about half of the time spent outside, in all weather conditions, as a springboard for the emergent curriculum and movement breaks.

Our mission: Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education connects children to themselves, to each other, and to their communities through studying both natural and human environments. Utilizing integrated curriculum, immersion in the natural world, and social understanding, we strive to create peaceful, creative, loving children, who are becoming masters of their own learning and actively helping to make this world a better place (please refer to the attached Mission/Vision Statement for the school to read about the educational philosophy in more detail).

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

•   developing integrated curriculum for grades 3-4;

•   implementing curriculum for grades 3-4 in daily morning lessons and circle times;

•   leading children in grades 3-4 in afternoon lessons and outdoor adventures;

•   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 ( leading twice-yearly conferences with 
families of children in grades 3-4);

•   developing significant home/school relationships;

•   helping to reach into the community for developmentally appropriate projects and bringing 
the community into the school 
The successful candidate will be an educator with a Master’s degree in education and 5-10 years of teaching experience (non-formal and/or formal). Experience in place-based education, nature and/or environmental education is preferred. Maine state teacher certification is preferred. Strong literacy and math teaching skills are required. Experience and skill in parent communication/education are required. Candidate must demonstrate understanding of the developmental needs of elementary aged children (imaginative play, gross motor movement, cultivating deep connection to nature and the arts) and have training in teaching peace and loving kindness 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. Prior first aid certification or willingness to earn certification is required. Professional

development opportunities will be available.

This position requires the ability to work with a small staff team (the director/teacher, another lead teacher, two support teachers, teachers in training, as well as drop-in art and music teachers) in the fourth year of a relatively new private school. We seek candidates who are hard-working, enthusiastic, confident teachers and learners for a school which strives to be a model for 21st century progressive education in the midcoast area of Maine.

We need a self-motivated and directed, hard-working 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 school aged children, working with families, and cultivating community connections. There will likely be opportunities to present Juniper Hill School’s program and practices at conferences/community events.

To Apply: Please send, by mail or email, a detailed letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to the contact below. Proof of teaching certification will be requested and a background check will be required before hire.

Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: August 18, 2013
Contact Person: Anne Stires, Director
Phone: 207.586.5711 or 687.6096
E-Mail: info@juniperhillschool.org
Mailing Address: 180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535

Location Alna, Maine

Application Deadline 2014-08-18


Anne Stires
207.586.5711 or 687.6096
180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535

Alna, Maine
Anne Stires

207.586.5711 or 687.6096
180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535