Winchester Thurston School, an innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, seeks a part-time Upper School French Teacher (.80 FTE), who will instruct and supervise students in Grades 9 through 12. Winchester Thurston seeks faculty who are dedicated in particular to actively engaging students through experiential learning programs in connection with the dynamic resources of the region, through a nationally recognized initiative called City as Our Campus. Our faculty members lead the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world in the twenty-first century.
The individual in this position will work closely with the Director of Upper School, the World Languages and Cultures Department Chair, and other faculty members, students, and parents. The Upper School French Teacher performs under the general direction of the Head of School and the daily supervision of the Director of Upper School.
Teach 4 Upper School French classes, managing the curriculum, discipline, and classroom community and environment
Plan and execute lessons in the context of a year-long curriculum using varied methods of instruction and assessment in accordance with departmental curriculum and competencies and the school’s educational philosophy
Create and maintain an appropriate and organized classroom environment with an emphasis on the physical and emotional well-being and safety of students
Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the school's City as Our Campus initiative by actively seeking meaningful community connections for experiential learning opportunities within and outside the classroom
Engage in and support the school’s commitment to equity and inclusion, including but not limited to, curriculum, teaching practice, and professional growth
Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the School’s strategic priorities by designing and implementing learning experiences that are interdisciplinary, student-centered, and/or project-based
Communicate with and respond to parents’ questions and concerns in an effective and timely manner through a variety of means, including email, telephone, student progress reports, and parent notices
Complete student assessment reports (e.g., grades reports, interim comments, etc.) in accordance with school guidelines and the deadlines established by the Director of Upper School
Participate in a mentoring program with an experienced faculty member during the interim service period
Commit to ongoing professional growth and play an active role in the formative development process, which includes, but is not limited to, participating in goal setting, engaging in constant reflection with the Assistant Head for Education and Strategy about teaching, participation and contribution to collaborative curricular groups and Critical Friends Groups, participating in the peer observation process, and conducting student surveys of courses
Work as a team member with teaching colleagues and administrators by attending all school-wide meetings, department meetings, Upper School faculty meetings, and in-service days, as well as serving on committees as needed
Play an active role in the formative development process, which includes but is not limited to participating in goal setting, engaging in reflection with the Assistant Head for Education and Strategy and Director of Upper School about teaching, participation, and contribution to Critical Friends Groups, and participating in the peer observation process
Assist the admission process by meeting with prospective families, attending admission events, and helping screen prospective candidates for admission
Fulfill duties that are connected with non-academic responsibilities, including but not limited to serving as an advisor, monitoring study halls, and other assigned duties
Perform other duties as assigned
Winchester Thurston School is an equal opportunity employer.WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women.
Bachelor’s degree in French or Education; a Master’s degree is preferred
Strong command of French language, appropriate pedagogy related to language acquisition, and experience teaching French, preferably in an Upper School setting
Educational philosophy consistent with that of the School
Excellent communication skills, including the ability communicate and collaborate with students, parents, and colleagues
Demonstrated ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population
Demonstrated ability to utilize educational technology in the classroom
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teaching, Winchester Thurston is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school providing a
rigorous college preparatory program that
prepares students for the challenges of a
changing world. Situated within Pittsburgh’s university and cultural center, WT offers exceptional learning experiences in partnership with surrounding resources. Learn more at www.winchesterthurston.org.
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