Town School for Boys
8th Grade Latin Teacher (Half-Time Position)
Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, community service, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.
We are seeking a part-time teacher of Latin. Instruction includes the teaching of two 22-student sections of 8th grade Latin in a rotating, 7-day schedule. Because of the rotating schedule, the candidate must be flexible with his/her schedule, though the entire year’s teaching schedule will be published in late spring. Eighth grade is the second year of a two-year grammar-based Latin I sequence; students also take Spanish in the 5th-8th grades. The teacher will have latitude in his/her approach to teaching Latin and choice of primary text (current curriculum loosely based on Latin for Americans) and should expect to collaborate with the 7th grade Latin teacher in the development of curriculum. As the rotating part-time schedule allows, the teacher would be asked to attend faculty meetings and serve a lunch/recess duty. Teacher will also be expected to hold extra help sessions during the week or make him/herself available for 1:1 student meetings. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year and involve brief meetings with parents.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching experience and experience working with middle school grades. The candidate will have a deep knowledge of Latin and a passion for working with middle school students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing and adapting innovative approaches to language learning. Instruction should be engaging for all students in class as well as provide strong preparation for students to place well in secondary school Latin if they continue with the language. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. In addition, all students have individual computers, and students’ use of online resources should be integrated with the rest of the course content. Instructional approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit different learning styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives. Faculty communicate frequently with other faculty and with parents about student progress. Weekly online posting of homework as well as other online communication should be kept up to date. Faculty are expected to take an active role in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events. Eighth grade faculty compose brief recommendation paragraphs for use in the secondary school application process.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Niki Leong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Town School for Boys
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Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.