Summary: The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain – a co-educational, independent school with approximately 520 students in grades preschool through grade eight – is seeking a part-time K-3 Spanish teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Located in beautiful Summerlin near the entrance to Red Rock Natural Preserve and about 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Alexander Dawson’s education reflects its Core Beliefs.
The world language program at Dawson utilizes a program called AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) to achieve oral proficiency in new languages. This approach embeds authentic learning opportunities where storytelling, gestures, active collaboration and repetition serve as the main instructional practices. The ideal candidate will not only possess a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language, but also a growth mindset about adopting an instructional approach that differs from conventional teaching practices. A love of working with elementary-aged students – combined with a passion for the Spanish language and culture, a team-centered personality and a dedication to lifelong learning – are all necessary for teaching success at Dawson.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Understands, embraces and implements the School's Mission, Vision, Core Beliefs and Diversity Statement
Exhibits an investment of and joy in working with kindergarteners, and appreciates the developmental characteristics of this age group
Commits to cultural competency and responsiveness
Works with the fellow kindergarten teachers and support team to execute responsibilities relating to the academic program: curriculum development and implementation, social-emotional learning, classroom design, classroom management, student evaluation, progress reports and parent communication.
Works with the school counselor and Dean of Student Life and Diversity to aid students in achieving the maximum development and growth, both within and beyond the classroom. This is achieved through observation of students'; behavior and needs, and consultation with the counselor and referrals, when indicated
Adapts teaching to the individualized and differentiated needs of each child
Communicates and meets with parents and guardians to discuss their child’s progress and develop a collaborative partnership
Works collaboratively with a full-time teaching assistant
Engages in continued professional development in early childhood best practices
Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member and within the context of a continuous program, preschool through eighth grade
Actively pursues leadership roles in the School and promotes leadership opportunities in the classroom
Designs lessons and experiences that encourage risk-taking in learning and model lifelong learning
Maintains professional knowledge through yearly participation in the professional development program (which includes opportunities for attendance at conferences, workshops and educational meetings, and for advanced degree coursework), and by regular reading of educational journals and discipline-related materials.
Required Education, Training & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education or a related field from a four-year college or university required
Master’s degree preferred
Three-plus years of combined teaching experience in an early childhood/kindergarten setting required
Experience in developing and writing curriculum
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Understand, embrace and implement the School's Mission, Vision, Core Beliefs, and Diversity Statement
Exhibit an investment in and joy toward working with students in the primary grades, and appreciate the developmental characteristics of this age group
Commit to cultural competency and responsiveness
Create enthusiasm for language learning, as well as an appreciation for the culture of countries that speak Spanish
Help students engage in acquiring the ability to speak, read and write in Spanish with a particular focus on oral proficiency in real-life contexts
Practice Spanish immersion in order to build students’ oral proficiency using the AIM methodology
Work with the world language team to create integrated curriculum opportunities
Assess, communicate and demonstrate student learning privately to families and publicly to our community
Focus on best practices for implementing a conceptual-based program for acquiring a new language
Exhibit a growth mindset about reflection on curriculum and instruction, and participate actively in departmental conversations about student outcomes and excellence in teaching and learning
Participate and engage in professional activities and meetings at departmental, divisional and school-wide levels
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent day school for college-bound students in preschool (age 3) through Middle School (8th grade). Our school is located on a 40-acre site in the foothills of the mountains west of Las Vegas in the community of Summerlin. Dawson offers our 600 students wonderful facilities and great teaching. Built at a... cost of more than $35 million, our campus includes an Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) for three- and four-year-olds with low teacher-to-student ratios (1 to 8). The Lower School (Kindergarten – 4th grade) and Upper School (5th -8th grade) are taught in state-of-the-art classroom buildings. We are proud to offer more than $1 million each year in financial aid to qualified families. In addition, we offer four foreign languages, including Mandarin, and several merit-based scholarships for Middle School students.