Located in downtown Boise, Idaho, Foothills School of Arts & Sciences is a Pre-K through Grade 9 independent day school. Since its founding in 1992, Foothills has been committed to providing a progressive learning environment that suits the developmental learning needs of children and adolescents. A project-based program integrated with visual and performing arts helps students develop independent perspectives, academic competencies, social-emotional skills, and a sense of civic responsibility. Annual trips take advantage of Boise’s location in the Intermountain West. Foothills places a high value on maintaining a collegial and collaborative atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and support for professional development inside and outside the school.
Junior High Grades 7-9 Spanish Teacher
Foothills seeks a collaborative and experienced educator to serve as a part-time Spanish teacher working with grades seven through nine starting in August 2021. Spanish classes meet in the afternoons for approximately sixty minutes three times a week for each of the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade sections. Candidates should have experience teaching Spanish at the Junior High/Middle School level. Other responsibilities include communication with parents, collaboration with teachers, curriculum development, and contribution to narrative student evaluations. There are two to three weekly faculty meetings and parent conferences are held up to three times per year.Teachers are expected to attend professional development to enhance personal knowledge of pedagogy and content, especially in literacy and maintain and submit accurate and up-to-date management records of all students’ progress. Other possible responsibilities of this position could include: Jr. High advisor, Explore (project-based learning) teacher, and/or student council advisor.
Design and teach Spanish for 7th-9th grade students
Assess student progress
Prepare documentation of curriculum and course objectives, including Spanish overview for student evaluations
Contribute to written narrative evaluations describing students’ progress in Spanish
As needed, participate in faculty meetings and committee work
Participate in professional development activities, including faculty in-service and curriculum planning days
Communicate with parents as needed and periodically contribute to classroom newsletters with updates about Spanish
Attend contracted school functions (e.g., back to school night)
Adherence to COVID-19 protocols
Desired Qualifications and Skills
Minimum two years classroom teaching experience with Jr. High/Middle School aged students
Bachelor’s degree, ideally in an Education and/or Spanish-related field
Fluency in Spanish and English
Experience current best practices for world language instruction
Demonstrates familiarity with current Spanish language learning resources, Comprehensible Input, and teacher forums for curriculum development
Demonstrates an ability to design curriculum to meet a wide range of learning needs
Must have a positive image of children and families and a desire to work collaboratively with them
Proficiency in operating computer programs such as word processing, Google drive, and Gmail
General Qualifications and Skills
Commitment to school’s mission, values, and vision
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to think ahead and plan for effective one-on-one or small group instruction
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
Commitment to professionalism and excellence
Commitment to continuous growth and improvement
Organized and able to manage multiple tasks
Socially conscious, wants to make a difference in the world
Sense of humor, engaging, optimistic
Effective communicator, orally and in writing
Creative and passionate
Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.
Non-discrimination Policy: Foothills School of Arts and Sciences does not discriminate on a basis of age, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other classifications protected by law, in all of its operations.
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At Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, we ignite a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education. In this vibrant learning community, education is an active and collaborative experience. Through a challenging inquiry based curriculum, Foothills students explore their ideas and develop curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence. Embracing each individual's unique strengths and contributions, we guide children to know themselves and to understand their role in a global community.
To empower our students, we value:
Individuality - respecting students' unique strengths, talents and challenges
Creativity - inspiring expression, curiosity and critical thinking
Community - promoting communication, cooperation and collaboration
Foothills School believes that a diverse school community is essential to education and that such a community includes a spectrum of differences in race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and learning style. To this end, Foothills' admissions and hiring practices strive to recruit, enroll/hire, and retain as diverse a population as is feasible in the community.
Foothills School believes that each student, parent, staff member and visitor is entitled to an equitable and safe environment, which promotes acceptance and appreciation of oneself as well as others. The school creates an environment where individuals feel included, respected, and able to express their opinions while at the same time learning from others' perspectives. In addition, we believe that a diverse environment develops in students the skills and attitudes they need to understand each other and to act with justice and compassion - skills that will prepare our students for our diverse world.