High School English / Social Studies Teacher

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Unity, ME
United States

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The English Language Arts & Social Studies teacher will inspire and motivate students to strengthen their wordcraft and take action as global citizens. English and Social Studies will be taught as separate subjects.  However, each class will support the content of the other and align with school-wide environmental themes. The teacher will coach students to become authors, storytellers, detectives, historians, and active participants in their communities, knowledgeable about how the past informs our present and prepared to effect positive change.  Lessons will engage students in real-world learning through field studies and volunteer work.


  • Teach English Language Arts to high school students in grades 9 and 10
  • Design & teach project-based Social Studies courses aligned with school-wide environmental themes (Fall - Food Systems, Winter - Shelter, Spring - Water)
  • Collaborate with other teachers to connect learning across disciplines when possible (English and Social Studies with Math, Science, Health, Music, World Languages)
  • Plan programs of study that meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of students.
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  • Plan for instruction; show written evidence of planning upon request from the head of school.
  • Monitor, instruct and develop relationships with a small group advisory to support the academic, emotional, and behavioral needs of students.
  • Work with students to develop and maintain standards of behavior based on school guidelines for indoor, outdoor, field research, and service-learning class time, and take responsibility for their actions.
  • Create a safe, supportive environment in which students treat one another with respect, develop an awareness of diversity, and celebrate differences.
  • Provide individualized and small group instruction to differentiate instruction and adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.  Coordinate with special education staff to meet the needs of students with IEPs.
  • Assess the accomplishments of students on a regular basis through portfolio review and narrative assessment. Provide reports and notify parents of student progress.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of curriculum planning and student assessment as required by school guidelines, Maine DOE law, and charter commission policy.
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Co-lead at least one overnight wilderness trip per year (hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing) to support school-wide outdoor adventure curriculum


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • Maine teaching certificate in English and/or Social Studies (grades 9-12)
  • OR meets Maine DOE certification requirements in English / Social Studies
  • AND successfully completes the Praxis exam
  • Experience teaching high school math
  • Experience and training in developing place-based, interdisciplinary curricula for high school students
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working in varied settings
  • Has an abundance of patience working with teens, a good sense of humor, and a strong work ethic
  • Be able to successfully pass all background, criminal record, fingerprinting, reference checks

How to Apply:

Visit our Enrollment page, and send a completed application form, cover letter, resume, teaching philosophy statement and three references to: ecologylearningcenter@gmail.com  OR 

Human Resources, Ecology Learning Center, PO Box 235  Unity, ME 04988. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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$36,000 - $44,000, commensurate with relevant experience, plus benefits