8th/9th Grade Spanish Teacher
An independent, college-preparatory day school, serving grades six through twelve, is seeking a high school Spanish teacher for fall 2019. Their core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of their students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in their seventh year, they are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. Their academic model is enhanced by the belief that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook.
The ideal candidate will have
- A passion and knowledge of working with a diverse student body, with a commitment to equity and inclusion,
- Knowledge of effective differentiation techniques to support students from a range of socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds, including learning differences
- Demonstrated success in the classroom meeting developmental needs of 8th and 9th-grade students,
- Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience in public, charter, parochial or independent schools,
- Targeted professional development in the teaching of Spanish language and culture, including working knowledge of ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, OPI assessments, and Proficiency Benchmarks
- A sense of humor and desire to work with students in grades eight and nine.
- Teach 5 sections of 8th and 9th-grade Spanish (Levels 1 and 2):
- Preparation of course materials, both working from existing curricular frameworks and through the development of new materials
- Participate in after-school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) programs 1-2 days a week (sports, clubs, performing arts, academic support, etc.)
- Advisor to a small group of Middle or Upper School students
- Attend regular community gatherings, including, but not limited to, meetings, Chapel, community lunch, and major Feast Days.
Compensation & Benefits
- A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree and/or teaching credential is preferred
- Native or near-native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish
- Eagerness to build innovative curriculum using and authentic resources in all communicative
- Effective classroom management techniques
- Ability to integrate technology to enhance student achievement,
- The ability to work collaboratively within the department as well as to seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.
Compensation & Benefits
- Salary is competitive with other area independent schools.
- Full medical, dental, vision benefits, plus 401(k) with employer match after 1 year of employment.
- Lunch is freshly prepared and shared family-style by faculty and students each day.
- Beyond competitive pay and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a student-centered, collaborative, and joyful learning community.