Director of Teaching Excellence

Administrator / Full-Time

Kents Hill School, Readfield, ME

Director of Teaching Excellence

Kents Hill’s Director of Teaching Excellence works with other academic leaders to identify research-based best practices in teaching and learning; to synthesize research-based best practices into a coherent and comprehensive “Kents Hill Way of Teaching”; to design regular professional development opportunities that translate the Kents Hill Way of Teaching to teachers; and to support teachers through regular professional observations and growth-oriented feedback. This role reports directly to the Head of School.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research and communicate best practices in teaching as suggested by neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and advocates of inclusive pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching
  • Partner with the Director of Student Learning Support to research and communicate best practices in working with cognitively diverse students and English Language Learners
  • Use research to refine and improve the instructional approaches already underway at Kents Hill School, including the Understanding by Design framework, intentional
    classroom design, interdisciplinary teaching, project-based learning, and regular student reflection
  • Collaborate with other academic leaders, teachers, and Kents Hill students to draft and update a written document formalizing the “Kents Hill Way of Teaching”
  • Conduct multiple on-campus professional development sessions per year
  • Support Kents Hill teachers through regular class visits and growth-oriented feedback
  • Partner with the Dean of Academics and the Dean of Faculty to mentor new teachers
  • Work with Kents Hill’s Communications and Marketing, Admissions, and Advancement teams to share and explain the Kents Hill Way of Teaching to Kents Hill’s Board of
    Trustees, prospective students and families, and potential donors

Other Responsibilities and Duties

  • Serves on the Heads Advisory Council Plus (HAC+)
  • Serves on the Academic Program Team (APT)
  • Teaches 1-2 classes that reflect the Director of Teaching Excellence’s interests and qualifications and the school’s current staffing needs
  • Advises 5-6 Kents Hill students
  • Performs residential duty


  • Master’s degree in Education or related field required
  • Considerable experience in pedagogy and instructional design that is aligned with Kents Hill’s four-dimensional education curriculum framework
  • Considerable experience in developing and conducting academic and social/ethical

teacher education training

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and a statement of educational philosophy to Human Resources at

About Kents Hill School

Kents Hill is one of the oldest co-ed boarding schools in the country and will celebrate its bicentennial in 2024. Located on 400 beautiful acres in Maine, we bring boarding and day
students together from across the world to engage in self-discovery and growth, both in and out of the classroom. Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our community as we actively strive to be an anti-racist school through consistent and ongoing learning for all. Our caring and deeply engaged faculty members truly know each student, and because of that are able to create transformational experiences and be in their corner, all the time. The academic curriculum ensures that students are prepared for anything by merging four
dimensions of learning (knowledge, skills, character, and reflection) to balance academic rigor with strong support. Students also have the opportunity to explore their passions in athletics and the arts and develop leadership potential with over 30 different clubs and activities. To learn more, visit Kents Hill School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

Kents Hill School

Readfield, ME
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender