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 Park School Mission
The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 820 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.
We are seeking a full time Spanish teacher for Park’s Middle School for Fall 2021. A full time position includes teaching four sections of Spanish and running an advisory group of about 10 students. The Middle School Modern Language Department’s approach to teaching emphasizes oral communication, cultural awareness, and student-centered activities. The chief goal of our Program is for students to learn how, when, and why to say what to whom in Spanish. Enjoyment of language and culture and confidence in one’s speaking ability are the main emphases of the Middle School program. 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.
Responsibilities will include designing fun and engaging courses; providing feedback to students, advisees, and parents; writing end of year report cards; and attending divisional, departmental, and grade level meetings. The hired faculty member will join a diverse, creative, dynamic, collaborative, and supportive Modern Language Department.
Park’s Middle School has 200 students in grades six through eight. Each grade level in the Middle School has a theme: the sixth grade theme is community, seventh grade explores identity, and the eighth grade theme is advocacy. Thematic connections are made across disciplines at all grade levels. The Middle School faculty has engaged in significant professional development work in differentiating instruction, adolescent cognitive development, and diversity and inclusivity.
Orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
Native/near-native fluency in Spanish
Knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, preferably from experience(s) living abroad
Teaching experience at the middle school level and a commitment to working with this age group
Teaching experience at the middle school level (3+ years preferred)
Knowledge and application of varied and creative teaching methods in the spirit of progressive education
Familiarity with a culture-driven approach and Understanding by Design is desirable
Experience teaching students with a variety of learning profiles
Demonstrated interest in curriculum development, assessment, and differentiated instruction
Computer literacy and experience in integrating technology
Personal skills necessary to work collaboratively with colleagues in a school-wide department
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply
Salary and Benefits:
Park’s salary 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.
Under current policy, employees who have been at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)
APPLICATION PROCESS: Send letter of interest, personal statement, resume and list of references. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4159
FAX: (410) 339-4125
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.