Department/Location: Middle School Faculty, St. Louis
Organizational Relationship: Reports to Middle School Assistant Principal
Summary: Teaches Spanish for Lower and Middle School; uses a variety of teaching strategies to engage students in the target language and support their learning; mentors students as their teacher, character educator, and advisor. Full-time, school-year position.
Work Performed: Essential Duties*
Develop students’ understanding of Spanish through a variety of engaging activities and assessments
Plan and instruct Spanish lessons that meet the needs of students at varying readiness levels
Facilitate a productive learning environment in the classroom
Train and model Christian character
Display a love for and relate well to middle school students
Utilize technology and 1:1 environment as it enhances student learning
Develop professional knowledge and practice of language instruction strategies
Actively collaborate with colleagues across levels and departments to support the implementation of school-wide initiatives
Actively participates in various committee meetings, faculty and parent meetings, and professional development
Supports Middle School activities by chaperoning social events and trips
Teaches Lower School Spanish approx. 3.5 hours of instructional time
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a strengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Master’s degree in Education or Spanish preferred
Teaching experience with middle school students preferred
Model the character traits that Principia students are expected to embody
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love