St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seeks an inspiring Spanish teacher who supports students to be global citizens and active members of our local communities, linguistically and culturally. The Lower School Spanish program aims to introduce students to the joys and beauty of language learning while also facilitating the development of strong interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills, which can be applied both in and out of the classroom. This dynamic teacher will inspire students to learn Spanish and will work collaboratively with colleagues in various curricular areas across the division.
Interested candidates must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish and have a strong knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and celebrating the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world and should be committed to collaborating with colleagues. Preference will be given to candidates that have training in second language instruction and successful teaching experience in a lower school setting. Candidates should be comfortable using a blended approach based on ACTFL's standards and conducting classes primarily in Spanish while incorporating a deep focus on cross-cultural understanding.
About St. Andrew’s
Founded in 1978, St. Andrew’s is a co-educational independent day school, enrolling 645 students in preschool-grade 12. St. Andrew's 19-acre Postoak Campus has been enhanced in recent years with the addition of the 43,000 square foot Student Center and Izzo Quadrangle (2016) and 31,000 square foot Lower School (2019).
The mission of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service. St. Andrew’s serves a broadly diverse and talented student body. St. Andrew’s provides a challenging curriculum in a supportive environment, with a rich program built on the “four pillars” of academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual life. St. Andrew's has a strong commitment to innovative teaching and learning and is recognized for the personal and professional strengths of its faculty and staff. Its excellent faculty professional development program focuses on research-based neuro-educational techniques and benefits from strong partnerships with faculty from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and Harvard University School of Education. St. Andrew’s is a one-to-one (Mac) laptop school, a Responsive Classroom school, and implements Everyday Mathematics and Pearson’s Good Habits, Great Readers curriculums.
Lower School Spanish Teacher: Job Description
The Lower School Spanish Teacher reports directly to the Co-Heads of Lower School. This full-time, ten-month teaching position begins on August 17, 2021 with hours of 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. daily. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Support the students’ acquisition of Spanish through engaging and hands-on activities, songs, and games.
Develop an appreciation and understanding of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prepare course objectives, outlines, and lesson plans for the appropriate courses of study, following curriculum guidelines and school requirements
Demonstrate and differentiate methods required to perform classroom and/or subject specific assignments for the purpose of providing an effective program that addresses individual student learning profiles
Encourage student confidence and foster resiliency and risk-taking as it relates to learning a second language
Integrate iPad, laptop, and smartboard technology to support language instruction when appropriate
Collaborate with other homeroom teachers to integrate Spanish and homeroom lessons where appropriate
Collaborate with divisional special subject and homeroom teachers to organize and implement the annual World Language Festival.
Collaborate with faculty members, school personnel, parents, and a variety of community resources for the purpose of improving the overall quality of student outcomes, achieving established classroom objectives in support of the school improvement plan
Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning classroom as well as monitor students in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, cafeteria, playground, school grounds, hallways, restrooms, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
Assess student progress towards learning targets, objectives, expectations, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration
Advise parents and/or legal guardians of student progress for the purpose of communicating expectations and student's achievements, developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
Participate in a variety of meetings and professional development activities for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions and to improve student achievement
Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit
Support the Episcopal identity of the Institution
Perform other duties as assigned
Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, St. Andrews is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Pursuant to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, St. Andrews does not discriminate in the administration of admission, financial aid or loan practices, educational or other school-sponsored programs and activities, or in the hiring or terms of employment of faculty and staff, except that the Chaplain shall be a member of the clergy of the Episcopal Church.
Please send a letter of interest, your resume and three references to:
Co-Head of Lower School
St. Andrew's Episcopal School
8804 Postoak Road, Potomac, MD
About St. Andrew's Episcopal School
The mission of St. Andrew's Episcopal School is to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service. Founded in 1978, St. Andrew’s is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade Twelve. Additional information regarding the school can be found at, www.saes.org.