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Spanish Teacher Middle/Upper School
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Chadwick Schools are deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being, and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion. Through active participation in an intentionally diverse and inclusive environment, students make a positive impact within and beyond their own communities. By living and learning in a student-centered collaborative atmosphere of excellence, integrity, and trust, we come to expect the best of ourselves and others
Chadwick School in Palos Verdes is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, the development of exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience. A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 800 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities. Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education.
Job Title: Spanish Teacher
Division/Department: Middle and Upper School
Reports To: Division Director and Educational Leadership Team
Direct Reports: None
Location: Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Language teacher with previous experience teaching Spanish and deep understanding of and interest in student-centered and experiential instructional practices and backward design curriculum planning.
Department members work closely to create a coherent learning experience that has been designed to prepare students for lifelong learning as global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead. Each teacher also serves as a faculty advisor to students and participates in the life of the school outside of the classroom, and engages in professional development and learning.
Chadwick’s mission-driven program focuses on academic excellence, exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience and is based on the Core Values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility and the Chadwick Core Competencies: critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, character, courage, and cultural competence.
Teach 4 sections.
Create a classroom environment of mutual respect and rapport; incorporate anti-bias and anti-racist practices into the classroom culture.
Apply principles of backward design (UbD) to course and unit curriculum.
Collaborate to plan curriculum around shared learning outcomes, skill sequences, content knowledge, and enduring understandings and essential questions.
Use a variety of instructional techniques to engage students in active, experiential learning.
Integrate technology into lessons, including the use of laptops and Google platforms.
Use Chadwick principles of assessment and grading to assess, record, and provide feedback on student learning and next steps.
Submit grades, checklists, and student comments as instructed and on time.
Keep information systems up to date, including class calendars, gradebooks, and course online sites.
Oversee an advisory group of students.
Demonstrate an ability to proactively reflect on and participate in discussions around identity, race, and issues of social justice.
Attend all relevant department and faculty meetings and school events, including new faculty training, professional development, and student orientations before school starts, back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
Engage in new faculty orientations and training throughout the year.
Cover classes for absent colleagues as requested.
Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, and study hall.
Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
Be on campus from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm on days when school is in session.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
Bachelor Degree required, Master Degree preferred
Strong written and oral communication skills in English
Minimum of two years teaching background required
Deep and broad knowledge of the subject to be taught, including the development of foundational discipline-specific skills
Strong teaching experience with diverse age levels and abilities is preferred.
A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to teaching is preferred.
Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including Mac and Google platforms
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; joyful, enthusiastic, and reflective colleague
Evidence of lifelong learning and professional development
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.