Lower School Spanish Associate Teacher

The Spence School
Lower School Spanish Associate Teacher
Full-time position to begin August 2019

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
  • Classroom management
  • Professionalism
  • Student assessment
  • Development of personal teaching style
  • Active observation of students
  • Weekly planning
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

Applicants should email resume, cover letter, references, and educational philosophy to ls_spanishassociate@spenceschool.org

Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Note: Please attach a cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format labeled with the candidate’s name. (No phone calls or faxes, please)