The Associate Teacher Program at the Spence Lower School provides the foundation for beginning teachers to prepare to ultimately become lead teachers of their own classroom or discipline. The Associate Spanish teaching position will typically be a two-year position, as this offers the associate the time needed to prepare for a lead FLES/Spanish teaching position. Candidates will develop skills in the following areas:
The craft of teaching and the development of curriculum
Strategies for teaching, including differentiation of instruction
Development of personal teaching style
Active observation of students
In addition to supporting the lead Spanish teachers, the Spanish Associate has additional responsibilities which include:
Teaching classes (number to be determined) with guidance, support, and feedback from the Spanish teachers.
Working with heritage students and contribute to the development of the Spanish Enrichment program in Grades 1-4.
Collaborating on the development of curriculum and instructional course materials
Attending all faculty and department meetings
Attending curriculum night and Admissions events
Participating in on-site professional development
We are looking for a candidate who:
Is fluent in Spanish. Native speaker preferred.
Has a BA, BS, plus MA (or working towards it).We are particularly interested in candidates with FLES or Dual Language background.
Has one or more years of elementary classroom experience
Finds joy in working with children and in school life
Is a caring, nurturing and energetic individual
Possesses basic knowledge of Total Physical Response (TPR) techniques, storytelling, cooperative games, children’s songs, and traditional games.
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
Supports Spence’s commitment to equity
Approaches work with responsibility, kindness, maturity, curiosity, flexibility and a sense of humor
Regards collaboration as an essential component of professional growth and values working on a team
Enjoys a commitment that extends beyond the classroom, including contributions to the larger school community