This is a full-time teaching position on the Lower and Middle School faculty. This person will join a department that is expanding to design and teach courses in humanities (history, literature, art history, geography) taught entirely in Spanish. In the first year (2019-20) this position will be responsible for a 5th grade bilingual homeroom section, one section of 5th grade Spanish humanities, designing and proposing future humanities courses for grades 5-8, and 1-2 sections of the Spanish 1-2 sequence taught in grades 6, 7, and 8 in collaboration with the department. The humanities courses start in 5th grade with students who have been in Moravian Academy’s Spanish Immersion Program since kindergarten and are now grade-level fluent.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Be a co-teacher for a 5th grade, Spanish-speaking homeroom, which meets first period each day and provides a core foundation of support for each student
Design and deliver a new 5th grade humanities course taught in Spanish.
Teach 2 sections of middle school Spanish, including a section of advanced independent study, in grades 6-8.
Cultivate relationships with parents through communications and feedback, including trimester progress reports and report cards
Fulfill student-related duties as required of full time faculty
Contribute to meetings of the all-school and divisional global language departments to ensure a vertical and horizontal curriculum
Contribute to all faculty meetings
Spanish fluency, native language strongly preferred
Two years minimum classroom experience; independent school background preferred
Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred, priority given for degrees in literature, history, geography, psychology and media studies in Spanish or English.
A passion for student-centered pedagogy and to work with adolescent students
Demonstrated ability to inspire students
Experience working on a collaborative professional team
Ability and enthusiasm to contribute to the full experience of students in and out of the classroom by supporting and leading activities
Use technology creatively in the classroom to enhance the curriculum and the learning experiences of students
Skills and Abilities:
A program builder with an entrepreneurial spirit; the skill sets to chart new courses, seek feedback, marshall resources, and continually improve programs to realize the Academy’s mission and vision.
The desire and energy to champion new courses and expectations for the Spanish immersion students as they enter a post-immersion, college preparatory curriculum.
A strong writing instructor, who teaches all stages of the writing process
Ability to design lessons to meet the needs of diverse students in a supportive and nurturing manner using multiple approaches to teaching and learning
A sense of humor and desire to work with adolescent students
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
A life-long learner who is committed to continuing professional development and seeks to learn from professional feedback
A team player
About Moravian Academy
Founded in 1742, Moravian Academy is a coeducational primer-grade 12 independent college preparatory school. The Academy, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has an enrollment of over 700 students. The school has three divisions: the lower school (primer-grade 5), the middle school (grades 6-8) and the upper school (grades 9-12). Our lower and middle schools are located in historic downtown Bethlehem and the upper school is located on a bucolic 120-acre campus in Bethlehem Township, approximately 6 miles from the downtown campus. Moravian Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, and the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education.
Moravian Academy is a church-related school whose Moravian tradition affirms that young people best realize their potential in an atmosphere of love and understanding. We seek to promote the child’s full development in mind, body and spirit. Since 1742, our tradition has encouraged sound innovations to meet the contemporary challenges while recognizing the permanence of basic human values.