Keys School, a K-8 of approximately 320 students and 45 faculty, seeks an experienced, full-time Middle School Spanish teacher to begin August 9, 2018. Founded more than forty years ago, Keys offers a constructivist education with concern for students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. Today, Keys is known for helping students to become compassionate and empathic community members while developing the confidence to find their voice and advocate for themselves.
With a cross-divisional buddy program, ice skating lessons, classes in self-science, and an extensive outdoor education program beginning in kindergarten, the school offers an array of distinctive programs. These experiences, in concert with a strong academic program, prepare students to matriculate to the region’s highly selective independent secondary schools and rigorous public high schools.
The school is situated on two campuses, about a mile apart. The Lower School campus houses grades K-4, approximately 180 students and 30 faculty and staff. The Middle School campus houses grades 5-8, approximately 140 students, and 30 faculty and staff.
The Middle School Spanish teacher plans and implements units through which students develop an appreciation of Spanish-speaking cultures while also developing fundamental language skills through an immersion based program focused on listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies. Middle School teachers work collaboratively to develop interdisciplinary studies and are responsible for creating an inclusive community of learners where children cultivate the skills of self-advocacy and resilience while demonstrating empathy and compassion for others.
The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development; fluency in Spanish; knowledge of total-physical-response, and the role of story-telling, games, and songs in a second language classroom; familiarity with authentic assessment practices and current technology; and be of sufficiently nimble mind and spirit to enjoy the challenges posed by early adolescents.
Middle School Spanish teachers are expected to:
Teach the equivalent of four courses
Serve as an advisor
Collaborate with the Middle School Curriculum Coordinator and other Middle School Spanish teacher to ensure development of and coordination of the Middle School Spanish curriculum; develop interdisciplinary units with other faculty
Create and utilize formative and summative assessments to inform instructional decisions
Differentiate instruction to enrich, remediate, and accommodate learning needs
Utilize current technology to enrich the curriculum
Integrate cultural competency into the curriculum and display the same in interactions with students, parents, and colleagues
Participate in the school’s outdoor education program, buddy program, and other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will have a proven record of collaborative teamwork together with a nuanced understanding of interpersonal relations, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a healthy sense of humor. A minimum of three to five years of teaching experience in independent schools and a graduate degree in a related field are preferred.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy, and three to five references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keys School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, orientation or veteran status. For more information on the school, please visit keysschool.org
About Keys School
Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world.