Juniper Hill School, a small, innovative, primary and elementary school in Alna, Maine is seeking a full
time lead teacher for either grades 1-2 or 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 1-2 or 3-4;
• implementing curriculum for grades 1-2 or 3-4 in daily morning lessons and circle times;
• leading children in grades 1-2 or 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 1-2 or 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
Mailing Address: 180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535
Phone: 207.586.5711 or 687.6096
180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535