Teaching Spanish at Western Reserve Academy
Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for a Spanish teaching position in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.
The Modern and Classical Languages Department
Language classes offer challenging and interactive courses that demand an advanced level of commitment and energy from students and help them appreciate their role in our global society. Course offerings include multiple levels of French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese. For modern languages, the primary focus is on instruction in the target language; Latin classes emphasize early introduction and consistent use of authentic Latin literature. The pace of study allows our students quickly to acquire listening, speaking, and reading skills, while also engaging students in topics of cultural interest. Foreign language study promotes mental discipline, enhances the understanding of the structure and inner workings of language in general, expands the vocabulary of the student’s native language, and enriches the student’s appreciation of other cultures.
In the 2017-2018 year, the school will embrace a fully independent curriculum that prepares our students for a complex, interconnected, and rapidly-changing world.
The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:
- Significant experience teaching high school Spanish.
- Academic leadership desire and / or experience.
- Master’s degree in Spanish or a closely related field.
- Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work well with a group and independently.
- Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students.
- Evidence of ongoing professional development in Spanish and/or education.
- Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.
- High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
WRA strives to find the right balance of duties and responsibilities for each faculty member. Typical expectations include:
- Teach four courses, levels to be determined based on the needs of the department.
- Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty.
- Engage in afternoon programs and Saturday Academy.
- Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students.
- Attend school and faculty gatherings.
- Serve on appropriate committees.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school: wra.net.
To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.