Westmark School is currently seeking an ASL Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.
Teach ASL classes to upper school students with language-based learning differences
Show evidence of adapting and differentiated instruction for all students and a classroom forum for holistic growth
Develop and maintain genuine, positive and consistent communication with parents. Provide formative and summative feedback on progress to student and parents. Provide regular updates to Upper School Director and parents regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns and progress
Contribute to and benefit from the campus community
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
Collaborate fully with colleagues to create curriculum consistent with the School’s mission
Utilize varied methods and approaches to material, integrating technology, assessments, projects, etc, to foster engaged learning in the classroom.
Communicate on a regular basis with Advisory to discuss student progress
Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community
Practice professionalism through ongoing professional development, reflection and continuous improvement. Research new topic areas, maintain up-to-date subject knowledge to improve teaching and learning, and update unit plans accordingly
Participate in parent conferences and other events as directed by school leadership
Organize and carry out field trips and studies to support the curriculum
Submit weekly lesson plans to Divisional Director
Integrate technology into the curriculum following best practices
Maintain class PowerSchool page, and regularly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book
Serve as an advisor who works as a student-faculty liaison and monitors the academic progress for a caseload of up to ten students. Conversely, provides updates to students’ advisors to communicate about students’ learning and social-emotional needs.
Additional duties as assigned
A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required for consideration, as well as a higher level American Sign Language background
Experience with teaching Signing Naturally Levels 1-3 Required
A minimum of five years teaching experience, preferably in an independent school environment
Solid subject matter knowledge in a majority of these areas: ASL 1 thorough ASL 4 at grade levels 9-12
California Teaching Credential a plus, but not mandatory
Experience with students with learning differences and ADHD is a plus, as well as mentoring experience as a positive role model
Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
The ideal candidate is well organized, self-directed, proactive, service-oriented, genuine, and eager to work in a highly dynamic, energetic school setting.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
The leading independent school in Los Angeles for children with language-based learning differences in grades 2-12, Westmark School has provided an exceptional college-preparatory environment for more than 30 years, allowing students to grow and succeed, not only in the classroom, but also in life.
Westmark students discover how they learn best and become advocates for themselves, leading them to become highly functional, concrete thinkers, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including our one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with our learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, our distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Westmark is about much more than what happens in the classroom. With a beautiful new athletic field, highly competitive sports teams, a small sound stage and production studio, vibrant music, performing and visual arts programs, an advance...d experiential learning program highlighted by engaging outdoor educational class trips, an integrated service learning program, student leadership opportunities as well as countless enrichment programs, Westmark has much to offer motivated, creative, and multi-faceted children.