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Environmental Studies Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

Kents Hill ME

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 Chair of the Science Department, the Environmental Studies Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator works to design and teach courses, focused in environmental science, that support Kents Hill’s four-dimensional (4D) academic curriculum framework while maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and security of laboratories and classrooms in accordance with Kents Hill School, state, and federal (OSHA/EPA) guidelines.


Primary Responsibilities and Duties

• Responsible for creating lessons, activities, and assessments that meet the department’s goals for building twenty-first-century knowledge, skills, and reflective practices.

• Commits to continuous improvement by aligning instruction with best practices, accepting critical feedback, and maintaining membership (at Kents Hill’s expense) in at least one professional teacher organization (such as NAIS or NSTA) or an in-subject professional organization (such as AAPT or ASCE).

• Responsible for coordination of all sustainability efforts on campus by acting as the primary champion for environmental issues, developing training programs that highlight environmental and sustainability issues, and working to build programs that address these issues as they specifically relate to Kents Hill.

• Coordinate environmental curriculum development in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) 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 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 curriculum tasks assigned by Science Department Chair and/or Dean of Academics. 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 accommodate circumstances where a variety of projects and experiments are being worked on simultaneously.

• Work closely with a student’s advisor and, when applicable, Academic Coach, 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 (email, student-based faculty meetings, etc.) settings.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree 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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Posted July 29, 2020

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