Purpose: An ESD Spanish Teacher is a passionate educator with comprehensive knowledge of elementary education and child development who employs a variety of teaching tools and methodologies. As an effective member of the Lower School faculty, this individual is flexible and able to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues. He/she is committed to developing and modifying curriculum to meet the unique needs of every child. This teacher will be a lifelong learner who engages in professional development and collegial conversation leading to effective teaching and learning practices.
Qualifications & Skills:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, cognition, or related field; Master’s Degree desired
3+ years teaching experience
Demonstrates knowledge of the Spanish language
Understanding and/or experience using a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) model of instruction is preferred
Ability to design a classroom environment that generates joyful learning
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Demonstrates patience, creativity, optimism, resilience and adaptability
Knowledge of 21st Century learning principles
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with various school constituencies
Technological proficiency expected, as well as a demonstrated capacity to learn new technology as necessary (i.e. Google Apps, Schoology, iPads and Chromebooks)
Knowledge of independent school culture and practices
Promote the best interests of each child in the Lower School within the context of the Mission Statement and the Founding Tenets
Use appropriate technology in support of the curriculum of the 21st Century global classroom
Teach a self-contained classroom delivering instruction aligned with ESD’s Statement of Educational Philosophy
Plan a well-balanced program that builds basic literacy and research skills. Ensure instruction includes creative activities, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
Lessons should reflect developmentally appropriate skills, a logical sequence of topics and reasonable student assessments
With the Division Head and grade level team, research, select and order appropriate supplies and learning materials for units of study
With the Division Head and grade level team, plan special programs, visitors and field trips
Articulate clear learning outcomes for students and parents
Research and develop new curriculum topics
Plan and execute classroom activities and routines that meet both individual and group needs
Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues.
Attend parent conferences as needed, convene or attend additional meetings as needed in individual cases
Make phone calls and/or send emails to parents, tutors and support personnel to ensure honest, open and regular lines of communication
Write report cards with thorough, positive and honest comments each trimester. Reports should be specific to give the parents a clear understanding of a student’s skills, strengths and weaknesses and should include recommendations/suggestions for improvement. Spelling, grammar and content should be of professional quality.
Work closely with colleagues to build the school’s curricular initiatives
Provide regular curricular updates via classroom newsletter
Participate and engage in professional activities and gatherings at team, departmental, divisional, and school-wide levels.
Complete recommendations for educational testing and for admission to other schools
Attend regularly scheduled grade level meetings and cross-grade level meetings
Other duties and responsibilities:
Attend a chapel service daily
Keep a current substitute folder at all times
Keep permanent student files current
Recommend proper class placement for each child
Prepare classroom and attend all meetings during scheduled in-service
Complete all end of year responsibilities and submit checklist before leaving for summer vacation
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Episcopal School of Dallas is a faith-centered, co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school with students age 3 – Grade 12. The policy of The Episcopal School of Dallas is to recruit, hire, train and promote employees without discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, veteran status, or disability. In our recruitment practices we strive to create a diverse school community whose members embrace the Mission and Vision Statement of the school.