The Downtown School, an independent 9-12 coeducational day school located near Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for a part-time Spanish teacher (0.2 FTE).
Qualifications Successful candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or other relevant field and should possess native or near-native proficiency in both Spanish and English (must be able to interact with colleagues, students and families proficiently in English). Candidates with experience teaching Spanish in high school or at the late middle-school level using communicative and task-based pedagogical practices are preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience living in a Hispanic culture. Experience with interdisciplinary study and/or teaching will be considered an asset. The candidate should be proficient with current educational technology, especially blended learning platforms and strategies.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions. They will have an understanding of different perspectives, the ability to interact respectfully with cultures other than their own and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with people who have different cultural frameworks. Candidates must satisfactorily complete two criminal background checks.
Curriculum Our Spanish program helps students develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills they need to interpret diverse cultures and interact meaningfully and respectfully with native Spanish speakers and authentic texts. Classes are fully immersive from day one— no English is spoken — and students learn the vocabulary and grammatical structures they need to communicate appropriately in specific contexts and situations. Through exposure to the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students enhance their cultural awareness, literacy, and understanding.
Over the course of four years students learn to:
Understand different perspectives; interact respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural frameworks. Demonstrate cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions.
Communicate effectively and solve problems in the Spanish language and in Spanish-speaking cultures.
Develop resilience when faced with unknown situations.
Attain a level of language proficiency that allows effective communication with native Spanish speakers in a wide variety of contexts.
Develop lifelong curiosity about other cultures.
Working At The Downtown School The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about working at The Downtown School, please visit our Careers page on the The Downtown School: A Lakeside School website.
The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
About The Downtown School: A Lakeside School
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.