Rooted in our Catholic faith and inspired by the Renaissance talents of our namesake, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and service—discovering their God given talents and using them to serve both the local and global community. We seek a Spanish teacher who shares this holistic vision for educating students. Our ideal candidate can articulate why learning a foreign language has value in ways that extend far beyond just the life long gift of being able to communicate in a foreign language. In the statement of teaching philosophy, teacher should answer the following questions:
Why do you value teaching foreign language?
How do you in your teaching foster these values for your students?
Strong in knowledge of the language and grammar and able to share a love of different cultures, our ideal candidates will value collaborating with colleagues to continue to build on the strengths of the foreign language department in the past. Although finding an excellent Spanish teacher is our top priority, we value candidates who can model the Renaissance model we have for students (e.g. coaching, leading a major club, involvement with service or international travel, etc.). Our ideal candidate will desire to:
Work with foreign language departmental members to align the goals of the language department with the mission of JPII.
Collaborate with departmental members to implement strong pedagogical practices to help develop a four-year vision for Spanish students, culminating with AP Spanish to prepare our top language learners for college.
Embrace our team teaching model where teachers given the same class work to create shared assessments and course objectives to provide equitable experiences for students and collaborate to continually improve the learning experiences for students—while embracing the unique strengths and teaching styles of each team member.
Partner with the department chair and academic leadership in making changes to any given class that fit within the broader scope of the four-year curricula and the broader Renaissance vision of creating scholars and people of character and faith.
Share teaching practices across the languages to create a professional learning community across Latin, French, and Spanish faculty.
Foster a love of language learning and an appreciation for diverse cultures.
Participate in professional development to continue to grow as an educator.
JPII boasts an elite faculty who approach teaching more as a vocation. We seek a candidate whose passion for teaching students the life long gift of learning a foreign language within this broader faculty who seek to share their gifts to positively inspire students to become not just better Spanish students, but better people.
The initial round of interviews among our most qualified candidates will occur over the phone or Skype. Finalists for the position will be invited to interview for the job in an on-campus interview, which will include teaching a sample lesson in the target language. Interested candidates should email Andrew Griffith (email@example.com) and Karen Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following:
A cover letter explaining why you want to work at our dynamic institution, as well as highlighting personal strengths that make you an ideal fit for this position.
A resume that emphasizes educational and professional experiences.
A statement of teaching philosophy about your approach to teaching foreign language and the values you hope to foster in your students.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications, education, and experience.
About Pope John Paul II High School
Pope John Paul II High School is a private Catholic co-ed school serving grades 9-12 in it's 15th year of operation. Total enrollment for 2016-2017 is 552 with 75 faculty and staff.
Our Mission: “Inspired by faith, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and spirit for lives of learning and service, according to the Gospel.”
We believe that each student is called to a deeper union with God. Our school, rooted in the Catholic faith and open to students of all faith traditions, calls students to excellence and invites them to study and live out their faith in service to the world beyond themselves.