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Lower School Spanish Faculty Seattle, WA
Full Time (1.0 FTE) Academic Year Schedule
Note: This position is anticipated to start on January 6, 2020
Salary is based on experience
This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details available during hiring process).
The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Lower School Team as the Lower School Spanish Faculty, teaching Spanish to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. We are seeking a candidate who will support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding of intercultural fluency.
The Lower School Spanish Faculty reports to the Lower School Director and works closely with students, as well as families, while being an active member of the school’s World Languages Department.
While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks listed below:
Create and sustain a positive classroom culture, based on the mission and values of the school.
Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences and support a proficiency approach to language instruction.
Identify and determine different instructional resources/methods necessary to meet students’ varying needs. This may be done in partnership with the learning coordinator.
Collaborate with school counselor to establish and maintain strong social emotional learning and wellness for all students.
Value and incorporate diverse perspectives in daily interactions and in the curriculum
Establish classroom expectations with a responsive behavior management style that creates a safe and comfortable environment for all students.
Collaborate and work effectively with the school’s World Languages Team to support and guide teaching intern from a Spanish speaking country.
Create and sustain effective family partnerships, for example: communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress and classroom news via formal fall/spring conferences, written reports and school portal.
Observe/evaluate/assess students’ development and maintain accurate records on progress.
Routinely plan and prepare outside the scheduled school day
Manage a classroom budget
Attend school related events outside the scheduled school day
Keep up-to-date with child development, teaching resources and instructional methods in order to make relevant changes to teaching practices
Participate actively and with curiosity in school/division/department meetings, in addition to activities/committees; for example, as community events, school admissions events and professional learning opportunities at Bush and in the larger community, bringing what you learned back to your classroom.
Keep up-to-date with child development, teaching resources and instructional methods in order to make relevant changes to teaching practices.
Lead classes designed to help students become more proficient in Spanish including work with: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills.
Conduct classes in a target language rich environment, ensuring a 90% or more time in the target language is required to build each student’s oral proficiency in interpersonal listening and speaking.
Design curriculum for appropriate age groups following the sequencing/spiral approach to World Languages instruction.
Share enthusiasm for language learning as an entry point for understanding the history and diverse cultures of Spanish speakers around the world.
Coordinate with other teachers in the World Languages Department.
Conscientiously complete other duties as assigned
Experience and Professional Competencies:
Experience in teaching – a minimum of 3 years is preferred
A bachelor’s degree is required
A graduate degree is preferred
A Teacher Certification is preferred
Course work and/or training in elementary education - Certified Elementary Teaching Certificate is preferred
Successful candidates will:
Possess a philosophy of education that fits with the school’s mission and values.
Communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, including administrators, colleagues, staff and parents/guardians in order to maintain constructive and professional relationships.
Complete work in a timely and thorough manner and be conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
Be patient and positive and find joy in the journey of promoting a lifelong love of learning and in working with children
Have proficient skills in the use of technology: including, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Outlook