Synapse School has a full time opening for a Middle School Spanish teacher for the 21-22 school year. The ideal candidate will be a creative and enthusiastic teacher who has a strong commitment to meeting the learning needs of each student, a teaching style that supports differentiation of instruction, a collaborative spirit, an interest in building community and be able to make foreign language acquisition a lasting learning adventure for our Middle School students in grades 5-8. The candidate will develop differentiated curriculum, provide direct instruction, and support the assessment process. Additional responsibilities include active involvement in student advisory, collaborative teacher meetings, and supervisory duties.
We are looking for a middle school teacher who loves middle schoolers, is highly collaborative, loves innovation and design, has a growth mindset, always puts the child first, understands constructivism, is committed to SEL, and wants to be part of an exciting team of forward-thinking educators looking to do big things.
Design and deliver hands-on, innovative, and project-based language curriculum
Collaborate with teachers and specialists to design, develop, and document integrated theme-based curriculum and to enrich curriculum and instruction
Convey enthusiasm for content
Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving
Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning
Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, and parents
Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
Provide timely and thoughtful feedback to students and parents in the forms of assessments, written narrative feedback, student-parent-teacher conferences, and meetings/conferences with parents
Support the well-being of all students, and act as an Advisor for a smaller group of Middle School students
Attend middle school student meetings, weekly faculty meetings and other meetings as needed
Hold individual parent-teacher conferences and join classroom teachers for conferences as needed
Actively pursue professional development opportunities
AN IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum of three years of classroom experience, preferably in Middle School
Excellent verbal and written skills and ability to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues
A bachelor’s degree in education or a related field of their subject expertise. An advanced degree is preferred, though not required.
Experience developing and implementing constructivist, project-based curriculum
Desire to be innovative and creative in curriculum design and pedagogy
Creativity, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a love of learning
A passion to work cooperatively with colleagues on a consistent basis and actively cultivate an inclusive environment and support a school community grounded in empathy, social responsibility, and an appreciation and respect for individual differences
Experience integrating technology effectively into student learning
Demonstrate kindness, enthusiasm, a sense of humor, investment in continued learning and professional growth, and a passion for supporting children as they grow and learn
Effective classroom management skills
Mentoring middle school-aged students to support their personal and social-emotional growth
WORKING CONDITIONS MAY INCLUDE:
Ability to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations.
Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods of time.
Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation.
Ability to lift or carry up to 25 pounds.
Dexterity and physical condition to maintain a vigorous work schedule and meet standards of physical and mental health.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
Individuals must maintain a professional attitude and appearance.
Please submit a resume, a concise cover letter detailing your experience teaching writing and your interest in the position, and any other supporting materials you would like to share via email with the subject line “Middle School Spanish Teacher” to the attention of Stephanie Seto at [email protected]
Synapse School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.
About Synapse School
An independent school in Menlo Park, California, Synapse, a Lab school of Six Seconds, educates change makers by combining social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation. We have an unwavering belief in the capacity of children, and our teachers work alongside our students to unlock their powers of curiosity, discovery, and creativity. Synapse’s program provides a deep and unique range of integrated academic, social, and creative experiences to help children use their hearts and hands to unleash their passion for learning. Synapse draws students from around the San Francisco Bay Area.