Kents Hill School is at a pivotal moment in its almost 200-year-old history. Our new Head of School has brought 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, purposeful and impactful curriculum. The foundation that has made Kents Hill one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, caring and deeply engaged faculty members who truly know each student, is stronger than ever. Our 225 students grades 9-PG hail from 25 states and over 20 countries. Our small size allows for a transformative educational experience rooted in community, character, and values.
This position, with a start date of July 2019, is a key leadership role at Kents Hill School. This position will work closely with an experienced group of Department Chairs to provide inspiration, support, guidance, mentorship and clear expectations to all members of the faculty; utilize their own knowledge of secondary education best practices to create relevant and engaging internal and external professional development opportunities for faculty throughout the year ; and create and maintain a positive faculty culture with a focus on community, innovation, accountability and growth.
The ideal candidate:
Listens first, asks hard questions and is available to act as a sounding board for faculty and for students
Works with the Department Chairs to create a positive faculty culture focused equally on growth and support
Is excited to build trust with the Kents Hill School faculty members, earn their confidence and develop a strong understanding of the community needs
Values and models collegial collaboration, feedback and self-reflection as a means for growth
Effectively and clearly communicates with multiple audiences and stakeholders
Is knowledgeable about best practices within the world of secondary education and able to provide training and support for both new and experienced teachers
Understands the challenges and opportunities for a boarding school faculty member
Is culturally competent and able to work effectively with a diverse student body, including those with learning differences
Recognizes the value in ongoing professional development and approaches teaching from a growth-mindset
Has an understanding of the aspects of the 4D teaching model and has experience incorporating reflection, skill development, character and knowledge into their own teaching
Has significant experience in secondary education, including at a Department Chair level
Possesses a relevant advanced degree
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An independent, coeducational, college preparatory, boarding and day school
Grades 9-12, plus a postgraduate year option
250 students strong, from 50+ Maine communities, 25 states and 15 countries
Class sizes of 6-16; the average class size is 11
Excellent college preparatory academic program, with regular and honors classes in all disciplines, and foundation courses in Spanish and math
13 Advanced Placement courses (including studio art, computer science and environmental science)
Unique Environmental Studies program
Strong visual and performing arts programs, with the Bodman Performing Arts Center in Newton Hall, Bass Arts Center and the Williams Woodworking Studio
Comprehensive ESL and International programs
Excellent Learning Skills program for students with mild to moderate learning differences
Exchange programs with schools in England, France, and South Africa
96 percent matriculation rate to four-year colleges in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world. Three percent take gap years or play juniors ice hockey; one percent attend two-year colleges.