The Philadelphia School (TPS) is seeking a Spanish Teacher for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are a PreK - 8 progressive/independent school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 475 students. Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world.
At TPS we teach Spanish because of its importance as the second most commonly spoken language in the United States. Early-start foreign language study is shown to improve overall cognitive skills and academic performance. Equally as important, foreign language acquisition broadens a student’s global outlook. By opening doors to other cultures, language study helps young children develop respect for people who speak languages and practice customs other than their own. Our Spanish program uses a variety of developmentally appropriate methods. Spanish is integrated throughout the preschool and kindergarten programs, while students in first through eighth grade attend Spanish class two to four times a week.
Work collaboratively with other specialist teachers, classroom teachers, and the learning resource team to meet the need of diverse learners and to develop an engaging thematic curriculum.
Must be able to offer developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
Design and implement curriculum
Build respectful and and supportive relationships with students,
Develop strong home-school partnerships with parents and communicate with families clearly, frequently, and with cultural sensitivity.
Participate in school wide initiatives
Engage in ongoing professional development and growth through in-service education activities provided by the school and/or in self-selected professional growth activities
Degree in foreign language education preferred
3-5 years of teaching in the elementary grades
Fluency in Spanish
Clear communication skills
Dependability and ability to work as an effective team member
Experience working with children at a number of grade levels
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and and statement of educational philosophy to email@example.com. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities, that make up our complex and diverse world.