Upper School Spanish Teacher (2022-2023 school year)
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
We are looking for a teacher who is committed to the ideals and joys of teaching students and who can inspire a love of learning in their students through the development and application of thoughtful, meaningful learning experiences.
Worcester Academy is seeking an Upper School Spanish teacher interested in joining a team committed to moving our mission, core values, and academic vision forward. Our vision includes a commitment to diversity in all its forms, innovative teaching and learning, urban leadership and global engagement. Our innovative teaching initiative is an invitation to reflective practitioners who are interested in interdisciplinary, inquiry-based models of teaching and learning. Teachers at Worcester Academy embrace project-based instruction, collaborative inquiry, and student-centered teaching with a commitment to student agency and differentiated instruction.
The successful teacher in this role also will understand the value of working cooperatively and collaboratively with adults in a team-based setting as well as have the ability to work independently. We are looking for an educator who embraces a growth mindset for their own professional development and who can help students to do the same. Flexibility and a commitment to your own learning are integral to success working with this age level and in this setting!
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES
Teach a total of at least four sections of Spanish in the Upper School.
Develop units and lessons that support the goals of the WA World Languages Department.
Support student learning through project-based, multi-modal approaches to teaching and learning.
Maintain discipline in accordance with the student handbook plus team and division agreements.
Provide appropriate feedback on student work and in term reports.
Complete grading, comments and progress reports in a timely manner.
Serve as the academic and developmental advisor to a small group of upper school students.
Lead two other student activities.
Attend required meetings (divisional, new faculty, department, parent, etc.).
Fulfill weekend duty responsibilities as a day faculty member (usually five times per year)
Maintain classroom and shared spaces as conducive to teaching, learning, and working.
Maintain daily student attendance and adhere to tardiness procedures.
Attend and participate in school trips.
Maintain mature and age appropriate judgment and boundaries.
Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and integration of new learning into practice.
Follow accident & illness procedures.
Participate in all safety drills, including fire, lockdown and evacuation.
Represent the school and what it stands for positively at public events, admissions events, community events, development events, etc., some of which take place outside of the regular school day and calendar.
Develop and sustain relationships with colleagues that benefit their students and further one another’s professional growth.
Develop and sustain relationships with parents that support each student's well-being and increasing autonomy.
Serve as a role model for students and colleagues.
Affirm and defend the dignity and worth of each member of the community and maintain an environment that fosters respect.
Other duties as assigned by the Division Head and Department Chair
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or in Education (or both)
Preferred: Master’s degree in Spanish or in Education (or both).
at least 2-3 years’ experience in teaching Spanish in an academic setting at the upper school level.
scaffolding and differentiation of content and skills, including executive functions.
classroom organization and management.
innovative and project-based curriculum design and pedagogy.
multicultural curriculum design and pedagogy.
collaboration with colleagues.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
demonstrated ability to prepare cohesive teaching units and daily lesson plans.
knowledge of best practices in multicultural curriculum and pedagogy.
demonstrated skill in working with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
ability to apply best practices for integrating technology into curriculum and pedagogy.
ability to implement problem-based learning and assessment.
an understanding of the value of working cooperatively and collaboratively with adults in a team-based setting and the ability to do so.
ability to work independently.
ability to communicate tactfully, thoughtfully, and in modes appropriate to the audience.
a commitment to one’s own learning and professional development
Upper School faculty are supervised in curriculum and pedagogy through the partnership of the World Languages Department Chair and the Head of the Upper School.
Upper School faculty are supervised in the execution of critical duties by the Head of the Upper School.
Work full-time and maintain regular and predictable attendance.
Ability to move throughout the campus during all weather conditions.
Ability to effectively communicate in person and digitally with faculty, staff, parents, students and external contacts.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should send a cover letter addressed to Mr. Doug Poskitt, Associate Head of School, and a current resumé to “firstname.lastname@example.org” as separate, attached pdfs with “US Spanish Position” in the subject line.
Worcester Academy exists to instill in its students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character.
Our Core Values
We are a community—curious, thoughtful, generous, and thriving in our diversity. We embrace each of our core values as essential to the mission of Worcester Academy and as testimony of our beliefs and commitments.