Founded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school. Each Overlake community member is committed to the school's mission to inspire excellence, develop intellectual curiosity, teach responsibility, embrace diversity, and foster a compassionate community.
Overlake is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, employment, and other school-administered programs.
Middle School French Teacher
Full Time - August 2019
To apply for this position, you must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent and must be able to pass a Washington State background check.
World Language classes at Overlake are classes that fundamentally support all other courses at the school. They are a part of the school culture and are treated with the same intensity and respect as all other courses. Class sizes and meeting times are the same for languages as with all other courses.
This opening is a full time, middle school position, with the following major responsibilities:
Teach 4 sections of Middle School French
Expectations for teachers include course and lesson design in collaboration with department colleagues, communicating to students via our course management system (Canvas), and providing feedback to families via quarterly rubrics and reports.
Serve as homeroom advisor for a group of 8 students.
Advisors care for students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being, and serve as advocates for their students.
Homerooms provide opportunities for students to learn about themselves and develop as young adults through, for example, discussions and activities in support of our social and emotional learning curriculum.
The advisor also serves as a point of contact between families and the school, and is sometimes called to facilitate meetings between families, students, and teachers.
Study hall periods are organized by homeroom, and homeroom advisors serve as facilitators during those periods.
Be a leader in the middle school co-curricular program by leading middle school clubs.
Middle school clubs are teacher driven, though often in response to student demand or requests.
Clubs meet twice every 8 day cycle, and last for a quarter. Typically each middle school teacher leads a club every quarter.
Support the Overlake experiential education program as a project week leader.
Every year, Overlake students embark on weeklong (or sometimes longer) experiential education experiences during project week. Projects include service trips, our exchange program to Paris, working with our sister school in Cambodia, but also learning to sew, scrapbooking, or parkour.
All Overlake teachers lead or co-lead a project every year. New teachers often serve as co-leader in an established project with an experienced leader, and develop and lead new projects in the following years.
The ideal candidate will also possess the following attributes:
A familiarity with contemporary literature, art, music and film in the Francophone world
An ability to recognize different cultural values and practices across the Francophone world, including the diverse populations of French speaking African countries
A thorough understanding of early middle school second language acquisition
A deep understanding of linguistics and the desire to incorporate linguistic approaches in their curriculum
The ability to teach another language, such as Spanish
We are looking for teachers who…
Have experience teaching people under the age of 18.
Preferably, but not necessarily, with students in the 11 to 15 age range.
While Overlake language classrooms lean towards a more traditional classroom setting, we welcome applicants with experience in other settings.
We seek someone who has effective classroom management skills.
Demonstrate a history of an open and collaborative approach to teaching and learning.
All of our middle school teachers work collaboratively in grade level teams and sometimes team teach specific units.
There is a wide variety of skill and comfort levels in our student body, and our teachers need to be fluent in differentiated instruction.
All teachers at Overlake are required to work with our instructional coaches or be a part of a Professional Learning Community.
Demonstrate a growth mindset as a professional.
Our community puts a high premium on collaboration and learning from others. We expect our teachers to demonstrate evidence of ongoing professional development.
We have an established curriculum, but one we are continually growing and developing. We want a teacher who can jump into existing courses and will ask “why are we doing it this way?” and work with the department to improve the program.
Possess the cultural competency necessary for working with a diverse population in an inclusive and equitable community.
We have a diverse student body, and we want all our teachers to have the skills necessary to ensure that their classrooms are safe, inclusive places for everyone.
We seek a French teacher who is aware of the racial, socio-economic, gender, and many other inequities present in the world, and actively works to eliminate them in their classroom.
Can communicate well, both in writing and verbally, with colleagues, students, and families.
Much of our work involves clear, frequent communication with families on student progress, recommendations, and program information.
We incorporate much student feedback in day to day practice. We use direct feedback during activities, rubrics, assessments, and comments/grades to help them improve.
Model a culture of flexible, continuous learning for students.
We want our teachers to be people who are excited to learn and try new things
We are always looking for ways to strengthen our current programming and we want teachers who have a broad background of disciplines and/or interests.
New Overlake teachers do not need to come in as experts in the specific technologies or methods we currently use, but should have the flexibility and ability to learn and improve on them.
About The Overlake School
The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Northwest. Overlake believes that diversity is an integral part of its mission. The school therefore actively fosters a diverse community that contributes to its educational richness.