Kents Hill School is at a pivotal moment in its almost 200-year-old history. Our Head of School has brought a clear educational vision and a strengthened focus on developing the whole student through a balanced, intentional, and purposeful curriculum. Under the supervision of the Science Department Chair, the Environmental Studies Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator works to design and teach courses, focused in environmental science, that support Kents Hill’s four-dimensional education framework while maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and security of laboratories and classrooms in accordance with Kents Hill School, the state of Maine, and Federal (OSHA/EPA).
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Responsible for creating lessons, activities, and assessments that meet the department’s goals for building twenty-first-century knowledge, developing skills, and reflective practices.
Commits to continuous improvement by aligning instruction with best practices and accepting critical feedback, and maintain membership (at KHS expense) in at least one professional teacher organization (such as NAIS or NSTA) or an in-subject professional organization (such as AAPT or ASCE).
This position is also responsible for the coordination of all sustainability efforts on campus. Acting as the primary champion for environmental issues and develop training programs that highlight environmental and sustainability issues and work to build programs that address these issues as they specifically relate to Kents Hill School
Coordinate environmental curriculum development in the STEAM and Humanities Divisions to bring environmental and sustainability awareness into the classroom across a wide range of subject areas.
Establish and act as the Faculty Advisor for the Green Team, the environmental-focus student club on campus and coordinate, and strengthen campus recycling programs.
Maintain and supplement lectures with a frequent demonstration of scientific concepts through the use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or teacher-prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aids.
Teach skills, knowledge, and scientific attitudes through rigorous courses in a variety of environmental science areas including while instructing students in proper use, care, and safe handling of chemicals, science equipment, plant, and animal life.
Plan a curriculum in a 4D environment involving demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and student experiments; organize laboratory activities for optimum learning and that reflects diverse student needs.
Evaluate each student’s growth in knowledge, skills, and scientific attitudes in courses being taught using a wide variety of assessment tools including data interpretation and public presentation of material by students.
Complete KHS curriculum tasks assigned by Science Department Chair and/or Academic Dean. Examples include designing course syllabi that reflect the 4D model, preparing students to participate in Kents Hill’s biannual Learning Exhibition, semester exams, submitting grades, concern reports, academic comments, and advisor letters on time and according to the specifications established by the Dean of Academics.
Participate in department meetings as well as curriculum and other developmental programs. Work closely with department colleagues to ensure a continuous progression in science education.
Assign meaningful homework in developmentally appropriate amounts.
Provide individual or small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students and to accommodate circumstances where a variety of projects and experiments are being worked on simultaneously.
Work closely with a student’s advisor and, when applicable, a Learning Skills Center teacher to ensure individual student needs are met and to consider the different learning abilities of students and differentiate work accordingly while identifying student needs and cooperating with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
Communicate with students, advisors, and parents on matters related to students’ progress in the class in both formal (Grade Reports, Concern Reports, etc..) and informal (e-mail, student-based faculty meetings, etc.) settings.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements: Bachelor's with a concentration in Environmental Studies
How to Apply: Please send a letter of interest and resume to HR@kentshill.org
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Bachelor's with a concentration in Environmental Studies
About Kents Hill School
Located in central Maine, Kents Hill School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school supporting students from 9th grade through Academic Gap Years. The student body is comprised of 180 students from Maine, the United States, and around the world. Since 1824, Kents Hill has been providing transformative experiences rooted in the power of community, character, and core values. It is the 30th oldest boarding school in the United States and one of the oldest continuously operating coeducational college preparatory schools. Students at the school benefit intellectually and personally from the unique 4-dimensional (4D) academic curriculum framework that infuses four key elements into each course: knowledge, skills, character, and reflection. This framework isn't limited to the classroom; it extends to a student's life in the dorms, on the athletic fields, and through leadership opportunities and community engagement.
Situated just three hours from Boston and one hour from Portland, the idyllic, 400-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Belgrade Lakes and provides sweeping views of the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. State-of-the-art facilities including the... $6.5M Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons, Joanne and Dick O’Connor Alpine Training Center, and Bodman Performing Arts Center, which provide the ideal setting for the community to live, learn, and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.
At Kents Hill, a student’s success is not measured solely by test scores or college acceptances, but also by the relationships that they build and the opportunities that they have to experience, develop, and live by a set of core values. The impressive college preparatory program focuses on the individual and supports each student to reach their fullest potential. Illustrative of this commitment is a dedicated Character Department, Four-Dimensional (4D) Academic Curriculum, and Academic Coaching program where teachers trained in academic coaching deliver personal, empathetic, and innovative learning experiences.
Kents Hill School is at a pivotal moment in its almost 200-year-old history. Chris Cheney, the 20th Head of School, has a clear educational vision, a global perspective, experience at both traditional boarding and international start-up schools, and a strengthened focus on developing the whole student through a balanced, intentional, and purposeful curriculum.