Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a dynamic, organized and impassioned teacher of the French and Spanish languages for students in grades 6 through 12. This joint Middle School and Upper School position is likely to include multiple sections of foundational Spanish at the Middle School level (Grades 6-8) and multiple sections of Upper School French (Grades 9-12).
The ideal candidate will not only have a strong academic background in the French language, but also be comfortable and confident teaching foundational Spanish. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in French and/or Spanish or a closely related field is required. A graduate degree is desirable but not essential. Experience living and working abroad, and/or native speaker preferred. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and classroom management skills, effective oral and written communication skills, solid technology skills, and experience working with cooperative and differentiated instruction. In addition, successful candidates will have both experience and interest in contributing to the community outside the classroom, by way of active involvement in extracurricular activities (e.g., coaching, clubs). Familiarity with Quaker education is helpful but not required.
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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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 Independe...nt 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 peaceful 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.