Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community that ensures that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to ensure that students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Middle School teachers dive into current events with students and arm them with knowledge and help them find their voices to speak out and act when presented with unfair or unjust acts.
The Middle School Spanish teacher is responsible for the Spanish aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Humanities, Math, Music, Science, and Physical Education), including curriculum development, student advising, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with the entire MS staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. The Middle school teachers work extremely close together to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity. There are two existing grade level curricula (no textbooks) for each grade and the teacher will be responsible for developing materials in response to current events, student interest, and learning styles. Preparing the students for the transition to a high school Spanish program will be a core component of this role. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive Spanish program in the context of the cultures that speak Spanish. We seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice.
Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes each day, support an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), lead advisory meetings/activities for twenty-five minutes each day, function as the liaison between home and school for each advisee, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.
This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 18-20 students. The hiring process will include a screening interview with two administrators, with finalists returning for a second round demonstration lesson and interview with the full hiring committee.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Teach according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning.
Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.
The qualified candidate will/must:
Be fluent in Spanish.
Have progressive educational theory and practices.
Be culturally competent.
Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
A love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning.
A degree with a major in education, or subject-specific field.
A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
A collaborative spirit.
Have Good oral and written communication skills.
Organize and manage a positive classroom.
Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
Use a supportive and clear tone with students.
Have experience with collaborative teaching.
How to Apply
Email cover letter and resume with 3-5 professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete job application on our school website employment page.
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.