Archive for August, 2016

New Position: Part-time Math Teacher. Come Join our Team!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Job Title:                                 Math Adjunct Teacher
Company Name:                    Wayfinder Schools
Job Location:                          New Gloucester, M

Job Description

Wayfinder Schools offer relational learning programs that transform the nature of a high school education by providing students with the skills and experience necessary to discover their strengths, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, and contribute to their communities, and which culminate in awarding a high school diploma from the State of Maine.

At Wayfinder Schools, teens at risk of high school non-completion join our nine-month intensive program, and benefit from a progressive curriculum that allows them to finish school and prepare for post-graduation success. We serve up to 14 students in this program, with a team-based approach that utilizes the existing strengths of our students, and prepares them to complete their education and live productively in the world.

Responsible for:

  • Radical Math: a course grounded in the real world. Radical Math will explore financial literacy, statistical concepts, and logical problem solving through a social justice lens.
  • Independent Math: a once a week course designed to build foundational math skills. Responsible for overseeing volunteer tutors while facilitating course.
  • Ability to work in partnership with Lead Teacher to develop curriculum on a weekly basis.


Additional Information

Company Website:  
Posting Period:                    Open
Categories:                             Education, Non-profit
Job Type:                                 Regular
Full/Part Time:                     Part-time (10 hours)

Start Date:                              September 2016
Hourly Wage:                        Negotiable salary range commensurate with experience
# of Openings:                       One (1)

Resumes accepted by:     Email or mail (no phone calls, please)

Required for Inquiries:    (i) Cover letter and resume

(ii) Statement of educational philosophy

(iii) Three current references

Job Requirements



Comfortable teaching a group of approximately 14 students a wide range of math: from the basic operations to advanced algebra.

Adjunct teacher has a passion for working with non-traditional students; familiarity with Relational Education, Restorative Justice, Nonviolent Communication, and Learner-Centered Teaching practices; experience creating Individualized Education Plans, using adaptive teaching strategies based on strengths-based and multiple intelligences teaching models.


The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to positive youth development, student centered learning, working with teens in alternative settings, and teaching through a social justice lens.


The successful candidate must inspire enthusiasm, interest, and engagement in student’s own learning, and have a respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive instructional style. Adjunct Teacher is patient, personable, persistent, and warm with a sense of humor; is a collaborator and team player; and is willing to work outside of assigned duties as needed. This person must possess excellent computer skills with proficiency in both Mac and PC environments and with databases.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with teacher certification or working toward certification, or

3-5 years of classroom teaching in alternative education



Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Contact Information


Inquiries should be directed to:

Passages grad featured in Herring Gut Alumni News!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

2016 Passages grad Autumn Larrondo is featured in the “Where are They Now?” section of the Herring Gut News. Follow the links and scroll to page 2 to read the interview with Autumn!

Passages Alumni News 2016

A Wayfinder Schools interview with Passages student Kayla Wing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Kayla Wing

Editor’s note: Since this interview, Kayla has given birth to her baby girl, Karley Jetta

WS: How did you hear about Wayfinder Schools?

KW: I heard about Wayfinder school through Willo Wright, Director of Seeds of Independence.

WS: How long have you been enrolled in the program?

KW: I was enrolled for about two years. Then I was released from the program because I was not able to meet my program requirements. At that point in my life I was dealing with personal issues and trying to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life and if I even wanted to finish school. I wasn’t in the right place in my life to accomplish the things that I didn’t appreciate. A few months later after figuring out what I wanted to do and a lot of hard work and self reflection, I decided to contact my teacher and ask for another chance. Now I’ve been back in the program for about three months and I am very proud to say I am doing awesome! I have accomplished more in three months than I did in two years. I am so proud of myself!

WS: How old were you when you became a parent?

KW: When I became pregnant with Bryson, I was 17 years old and had Bryson 2 days after my 18th birthday. I am pregnant with my daughter at the age of 20.

WS: What would you like people to know about the challenges of young parenthood, or parenthood in general?

KW: A couple challenges for me of being a parent is finishing up school. I dropped out of high school when I was about 2-3 months pregnant. I dropped out because people were really cruel about pregnancy in high school and my aunt had just passed away. Another challenging part about parenthood is experiencing each stage of your child and figuring out how to respond correctly to certain issues and
teach at their age level.

WS: Tell me a little about your son:

KW: My son’s name is Bryson. Bryson is, well, my everything, he’s my sunshine! He is so amazing. He is a son anyone could ever want or dream of. Bryson is two years old and as smart as a five-year-old. He knows the ABC song, also recognizes all the letters and can write 4-5 letters. Bryson has this beautiful personality that will lighten your day, everyday. He is a sweet little boy and is very caring. Bryson likes to make people laugh. He does silly things then says “That was so funny, ha-ha, are you happy? I’m so happy!” He is a loving child and I am very proud of the little man that I am raising.

WS: What is one of your proudest parenthood moments?

KW: I don’t have just one proud parenthood moment, because everyday is a gift to be with my son, and he makes me so proud everyday, and those are the best moments I can cherish everyday.

WS: Tell me a little about your teacher:

KW: Stephanie is my Passages teacher and she is a very strong, caring woman. I can appreciate her more than ever. She is always there for me for school and outside of school. She is not a judgmental person and one that I can always trust. Stephanie is very helpful in a lot of ways and for that I can thank you.

WS: What is one of your favorite activities to do with Bryson?

KW: One of my favorite activities to do with Bryson is to teach him about nature in a fun, active way. Bryson and I love to be outside and play games, so why not have fun and teach him at the same time? We make up games that are age appropriate and throw in a little learning at the same time. For example, we like to talk about the water and what lives in the water. Bryson and I will throw rocks in the water and count each rock as we throw them. Whoever can throw the farthest rock wins the game! It’s a lot of fun for Bryson and he’s learning about nature and also counting.

WS: What is your favorite part of the Passages Program, and why?

KW: My favorite part of the Passages Program is that I have a wonderful teacher. She is a teacher I can trust and hope to stay in touch with beyond my years in Passages. Also, another favorite part for me is to be connected with all the teachers, program providers and students. I like to be connected with everyone because you can learn a lot about people and it can be a blessing meeting someone.

WS: What is your favorite core skill and why?

KW: My favorite core skill is “Create Something.” I have completed that core skill. What I liked so much about that core skill was creating something that I had never done before. I created a step stool for my son. I liked doing that because I was doing something for my son and also I liked that I included Bryson in helping me build the stool for him. It was really fun learning how to build the step stool and using tools that I haven’t used before. I also really liked spending time with Bryson building the step stool because we had a lot of fun learning and spending time with each other doing something we had never done before.

WS: What’s been your favorite assignment so far and why?

KW: My favorite assignment was reading and writing. I like to read about parenting skills. I like to write about what I have learned and how it affects me. My favorite reading and writing assignment was when I chose to read what someone had written in the newsletter for Wayfinder School. It was a piece called “The Farm,” and I reflected on it.

WS: What’s been your favorite Passages workshop so far and why?

KW: My favorite Passages workshop was going to the nursing home. I liked doing that because I learned a lot about the people who were living in the nursing home, and they love children and that to me means I was helping and sharing my happiness.

WS: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far?

KW: The most important thing that I’ve learned so far is who I am and what I want to be in my lifetime. This program has helped me to figure that out.

WS: What are your hopes and dreams for after graduation?

KW: My hopes and dreams after graduating are to start a good job and see if I like it, and if so turn my job into a career. My hopes and dreams are also basically to continue to watch my children grow and to be there to guide them in the right direction, to teach them, and listen.

WS: Can you tell me about the baby you are expecting now?

KW: I am 26 weeks pregnant and I’m having a baby girl. My little girl doesn’t like loud noises, like barking dogs. She kicks a few times and I think that means she is scared. She likes loud music though, when I play music in the car she starts to move all around. At night when Bryson’s dad, Nick, and I read books to Bryson and our daughter, she starts to move all around and kick hard. I think she’s going to like books just like her big brother. She likes to interact with the family. When she hears familiar voices she starts kicking and moving a lot and waving inside saying, “Hello, I LOVE YOU.”

WS: What are your hopes and dreams for your children?

KW: My hopes and dreams for my children are for them to accomplish what they want in their lives and to be happy with any decision they make. This question is hard because I hope and dream so much for my kids! Whatever my children decide in their lives, I will forever be happy with as long as my kids are happy and feel so good about themselves!

WS: What would you like the world to know about Wayfinder Schools?

KW: That this program is truly amazing and helpful in so many ways.

WS: What would you like the world to know about you?

KW: That I love being a mom. I love being a girlfriend. I love being a daughter and a sister. I love being granddaughter, niece, cousin and a friend. But I also love being Kayla. I’m a very loving, caring and kind human being.

Fourteen Facts about you

What did you want to be when you grew up? A daycare provider

Favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time: Four-wheeling, mudding, driving around the car listening to music, fishing, shooting guns, boat rides, burn outs in the truck and going to the ocean

Something new you’d like to try: Hunting different types of animals

Someplace you’d like to travel to: Niagara Falls

Favorite spot in Maine: West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Favorite movie: The Blind Side

Favorite sound: Nature, water, guns, engines, tools, crackling of a fire, rowing a boat

Favorite Smell: Fire burning, camp grounds and the smell of the ocean and sand

Favorite meal: Lobster stew and corn chowder

Most recent book you’ve read: The Pregnancy Project

Favorite children’s book: Blueberries for Sal

Bryson’s favorite book: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Bryson’s favorite song: Daddy Finger

Something you’re proud of: My son

We’re hiring!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Weekend Exploration Support Staff

Seeking energetic, bright, experienced, and relationship-minded individuals with open minded and adventuresome personalities to provide fun, empowering, and enriching experiences for teens at-risk of high school non-completion.

Position Overview

Weekend Exploration Support Staff help to ensure the safety and well being of students, facilitate group dynamics, and help guide weekly experiential learning expeditions for a group of 14 brave teenagers in a variety of settings that are challenging, rewarding, and fun.  Weekend explorations may include: overnight camping trips, backpacking, hiking, exploring the natural world, swimming, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snow tubing, ice skating, roller skating, bowling, going to the movies, visiting museums and art galleries, attending live performances and poetry slams, contra-dancing, service learning projects, college tours, overnight solos, extended road trips to Boston and New York City, and more.  Weekend Exploration Support Staff work 25 hours between either a Friday-Sunday or Sunday-Tuesday shift with two overnights.   This is a nine-month position that begins on August 29, 2016 and ends on June 2, 2017.


  • Competitive wages
  • On-site off-duty housing is available as a taxable benefit
  • College-and-life-friendly schedule allowing for other pursuits
  • We support college credit attainment for work in your role
  • Shared meals while on-shift
  • First rate professional development with our experienced staff and unmatched focused curriculum for youth
  • Educational opportunities
  • Valuable real life experience that will enhance both career connections and professional development
  • Amazing grounds, trails, rivers, and beautiful natural environments to explore with our adventure gear.
  • Access to the great communities of Maine and our fine little city of Portland
  • Rewarding work with motivated teens


Wayfinder staff are dynamic, patient, and energetic people committed to creating personal growth opportunities for teenagers at high-risk of high school non-completion.  Wayfinder’s team of experienced and passionate mentors are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude, have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, resourcefulness and patience, enjoy helping teenagers find and be their best selves, all while having and nurturing a passion for the outdoors.  Working at Wayfinder Schools is an exciting and demanding experience.

Applicants must:

  • Be responsible and compassionate individuals who are intuitively adept at working collaboratively and as a part of a team
  • Love outdoor adventure and exploring the world
  • Have experience working with at-risk youth (preferred)
  • Confidently help guide expeditionary learning experiences
  • Have a valid driver’s license and ability to safely transport students
  • Familiarity with the concepts and principles of relational education, restorative practices, nonviolent communication, positive youth development, and strength-based teaching practices preferred
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and willingness to work intensively for extended periods of time
  • Have CPR/Wilderness First Aid/WFR/Lifeguard/Water Safety certifications (preferred, will train)
  • Successfully complete several background checks

To Apply:  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to our Director of Residential Programs: