The Lower School (grades PK3-5) seeks an outstanding, dynamic and experienced candidate for the full-time position of Spanish teacher for the 2018-2019 academic year. Our program stresses child-centered, inquiry-based, experiential learning. SSFS seeks to nurture the whole child and a successful candidate should have a desire and ability to work with elementary age children who represent a broad range of abilities and learning styles. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can share, teach, and appreciate differing points of view.
Sandy Spring Friends School is eager to consider candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Applicants should have native level fluency and be passionate about teaching and have experience working with lower school students. The successful candidate will be flexible, organized, creative and collaborative with a sound understanding of multi-sensory teaching, conflict resolution, classroom management, and the integration of iPad technology across the curriculum.
Qualifications include: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline and/or Elementary Education is required. Three years or more teaching experience in an independent lower school is preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills, solid technology skills, and experience working with cooperative and differentiated instruction. Experience with Total Physical Response as incorporated into a global language curriculum is preferred. Familiarity with Quaker education and the Responsive Classroom approach would be advantageous.
Physical Requirements: Extensive sitting, standing, squatting, and bending as necessary in a school teaching environment; the ability to navigate stairs and general mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; lifting/carrying boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.