Winchester Thurston School, an innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, seeks an Upper School French Teacher (.80 FTE), who will instruct and supervise students in Grades 9 through 12. Winchester Thurston seeks to maintain a diverse faculty who are dedicated in particular to actively engaging students through experiential learning programs in connection with the dynamic resources of the region, through a nationally recognized initiative called City as Our Campus. Our faculty members lead the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world in the twenty-first century.
The individual in this position will work closely with the Upper School Director, the World Languages and Cultures Department Chair, and other faculty members, students, and parents. The Upper School French Teacher performs under the general direction of the Head of School and the daily supervision of the Upper School Director.
Teach 4 sections of Upper School French
Plan and execute lessons, using varied methods of instruction and assessment, that are in accordance with departmental curriculum and competencies as well as the School’s educational philosophy
Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the School's City as Our Campus initiative by actively seeking meaningful community connections for experiential learning opportunities within and outside the classroom
Create and maintain an appropriate classroom environment and help enforce school rules
Communicate with and respond to parents’ questions and concerns in an effective and timely manner through a variety of means, including email, telephone, student progress reports, and parent notices
Participate in a one-year mentoring program with an experienced faculty member during the initial year of service
Commit to ongoing professional growth through personal research, attending conferences and workshops, visiting other classes and/or schools, and integrating new skills, such as the use of technology, in the classroom
Work as a team member with teaching colleagues and administrators by attending all department meetings, Upper School faculty meetings, and in-service days, as well as serving on committees as needed
Play an active role in the formative development process, which includes but is not limited to participating in goal setting, engaging in reflection with the Dean of Faculty and Upper School Director about teaching, participating and contributing to Critical Friends Groups, and participating the peer observation process
Assist the admission process by meeting with prospective families, attending admission events, and helping screen prospective candidates for admission
Fulfill duties that are connected with non-academic responsibilities, including but not limited to serving as an advisor, monitoring study halls, and other assignments
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in French, with 3 – 5 years’ experience teaching French is required; a Master’s degree is preferred
Educational philosophy consistent with that of the School
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with students, faculty, and parents
Independent school teaching experience is preferred, but not required
Demonstrated ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population
Applicants should electronically submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references (including name, title, and contact information) to:
Please reference “Upper School French Teacher” in the subject line of your email.
Winchester Thurston School is an equal opportunity employer.WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women.
Additional Salary Information: The position is a .80 FTE.
About Winchester Thurston School
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