Job Posting / Position Description for Teacher of Spanish Grades 5-8 for 2020-21
3/4 time position teaching 18 fifty-minute periods of Spanish-as-a-third language to students in grades 5-8, each class section meeting two times for week as part of a 2 years old through 8th grade articulated curricular sequence
Compelling mission and core values
Dynamic faculty and administration
Medical, dental and vision benefits at 100% of premium paid for by the school
403B matching after two years of employment, 14 weeks of annual vacation
Excellent annual professional growth & development opportunities
Level 1 Responsive Classroom® training offered by the school
San Diego French-American School in La Jolla, CA (SDFAS) seeks an experienced native-language Teacher of Spanish as a second language for Grades 5-8 for the 2020-2021 school year to teach the equivalent of High School level Spanish I/II over the course of grades 6-8 in a curriculum to be designed and implemented by the teacher progressively each year as the new 2 years old through grade 5 program is implemented to feed into the school’s already existing grades 6-8 program. This position consists in teaching two sections 5th grade through 8th grade Spanish for two times 50 minutes per week (8 sections of two classes per week for a 3/4 time position total SDFAS load of 16 teaching periods per week, plus a once per week hispanohablantes literary workhop for grades 5-6 combined and for grades 7-8 combined, plus a weekly period of mixed class of grades 6-7-8 for newly matriculating students to the school who are not at grade level within the SDFAS curriculum in Spanish-third-language).
The mission of SDFAS is to offer an exceptional bilingual French-English education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible and engaged global citizens. The school’s core values are open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, integrity, empathy and resilience. The school currently counts around 380 students which includes the middle school of 80 - 85 students depending on the year and an elementary school (grades 1-5) counting roughly 175 students. Class sizes vary on average from 12 to 18 students. The curriculum in upper elementary is taught roughly 40% in English and 60% in French and in addition the students will benefit from what is to be a newly implemented Spanish sequence in grades PreK-5 to feed into our already existing middle school program of Spanish as a third language. The curriculum in our middle school is taught 50% in French and 50% in English (plus Spanish as a third language) and includes elective choices, an extended studies project-based learning course at each grade level, and optional sports and clubs. The school has recently begun to implement a new social-emotional learning program school-wide called Responsive Classroom.
To apply, please include as a single PDF scan a cover letter, teaching resume, and at least two letters of professional reference (one from most recent direct supervisor) sent to the attention of Mark Rosenblum, Head of School to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Maximum 1-page statements of second language acquisition teaching philosophy are also encouraged.
Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.
Ideal candidate attributes:
-native speaker of Spanish and master teacher of communicative-method language acquisition teaching with at least 5 years of successful experience at the Middle or High School level
-a dynamic self-starter and flexible, engaged team player
-Bachelor's and an advanced degree in the fields of Spanish Literature, Spanish Language, Second Language Acquisition, Secondary Education, Teaching of World Languages, or a related field, with strong pedagogical content knowledge in the Spanish language, Spanish/Latino literature, and second language teaching methodologies
-be passionate about teaching and learning and genuinely enjoy working with young people
-be knowledgeable about and experienced with middle school age children
-support the well-being of all students by developing a connection of mutual respect, support and caring with each one of them
-communicate clearly and in effective partnership with students and adults using respect, listening skill, honesty and empathy
-collaborate proactively with colleagues to enrich curriculum and instruction
-be a highly competent classroom manager
-be experienced with integrating educational technology in service of an enhanced curriculum and highly effective teaching and learning, preferably within a one-to-one Chromebook program using Google Classroom
-favor an approach through which attention to social-emotional skills development is as important as academic learning
-use brain-based approaches and understand how to differentiate instruction and assessment to ensure growth and success for each student
-engage students in project-based learning, including across disciplines
-develop innovative curriculum in Spanish language acquisition, culture, history and level-appropriate literature that is highly relevant to students, develop critical thinking, written and oral confidence and clarity, synthesis skill and well-supported argumentation, problem solving ability, and make frequent connections to what matters most to students in today's present and future world.
-learn, model and implement best teaching and learning practices
-lead by example in commitment to the SDFAS mission and core values
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with education and experience.