The School: Devoted to intellectual inquiry, a collaborative spirit of learning, and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, The Park School of Baltimore is a community founded on positive expectations of our students and respect for individual differences. We cultivate children’s innate curiosity by nurturing their interests and engaging them as active participants in their own education. We support young people in becoming confident questioners and responsible citizens of the world.
The Position: We are seeking a full-time Spanish teacher for the Upper School beginning in Fall 2020. Responsibilities include teaching four sections of Spanish. Native or near-native fluency is essential, as well as experience in teaching Spanish at the Upper School level. We expect that candidates will have spent time living abroad. Familiarity with UbD (Understanding by Design) is desirable.
The Upper School Modern Language Department’s approach to teaching emphasizes oral communication, cultural awareness, and student-centered activities. We seek a Spanish teacher who is willing to embrace this approach to language teaching and who is willing to collaborate with the rest of the department to enhance our curriculum.
Native/near-native fluency in Spanish
Knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, preferably from experience(s) living abroad
Teaching experience at the Upper School level and a commitment to working with this age group
Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds
Familiarity with a culture-driven approach
Knowledge and application of varied and creative teaching methods in the spirit of progressive education
Personal skills necessary to work collaboratively with colleagues in a school-wide department
Candidates who are from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
Background Information: Park’s Modern Language Department emphasizes cultural competency and oral proficiency. Our primary objectives are for students to gain an awareness and understanding of the culture(s) of the countries where the language is spoken and for them to speak and understand the language well enough to communicate with a native speaker. This priority is not at the expense of developing other communicative skills.
At Park, all Lower School students study Spanish beginning in pre-Kindergarten. Students choose to continue Spanish or begin French in sixth grade; in the Upper School students have the option to choose Mandarin.
The Modern Language faculty functions as a school-wide department, with periodic forums for faculty from all three divisions. There is also significant collaboration with teachers from other disciplines, particularly in the Lower School.
Salary and Benefits: Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program:
This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process.
Tuition Remission: Under current policy, full-time employees who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, employees may apply for aid through the need-based Tuition Assistance Program.)
Application Process: Please send letter of interest, résumé, personal statement, and recommendations via email or US mail.
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The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone (410) 339-4159
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The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee's duties.
About The Park School of Baltimore
Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 830 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The school’s core values, rooted in progressive educational philosophy, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.