Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced, technologically astute teacher who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Upper School French Teacher. A Bachelor’s degree and near native fluency is required. An advanced degree in French, prior teaching experience, study and/or living in France, and certification are all preferences. This full-time, 10-month position includes a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The Upper School French Teacher reports primarily to the Upper School Principal.
The goal of the Country Day French Department is to immerse students in a second language while teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through the language of French. Students graduate from Country Day with a strong proficiency in a second language and an excellent understanding of the culture and diversity of our multi-lingual world through exposure to literature, film, current events, and a variety of multi-media experiences.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Having a native or near-native level of French fluency and articulation
Teaching upper school students
Developing upper school curriculum that engages students through immersion in French, including technology, multimedia, interactive projects, and sustained exposure to the four modalities of language learning
Working with members of the French department to coordinate and connect curricular goals
Supervising extracurricular activities, if needed
Performing other related duties as assigned by the Head of School, the Department Chair or the Division Principal
Supporting the Mission of the school and its leadership
Information about Country Day is available on our web site: www.mpcds.com
Interested parties may send a resume, a cover letter with teaching philosophy, and a personal statement with a specific description of what we might see in a class taught by the candidate to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com. Applicants should title all of their documents as their first and last name. Applicants should also include "US French Position" as the subject of the email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.