Job Summary: Working with the head of school and department heads for our Lower and Middle / Upper Schools, the ideal Spanish teacher for K-12 will help develop Spanish language fluency in a program that is vertically aligned across all grades, developing and guiding the academic and social-emotional growth of children at Selwyn School.
For over sixty years, Selwyn School has been an educational beacon in north Texas. Located in Argyle, TX, Selwyn continues to prosper and grow. The environment here is student-focused and individualized. We develop students that are capable, empathetic, problem-solving, creative, capable of critical thought and effective communication and able to find and pursue their own paths as global citizens. Your contributions will be instrumental to continuing this legacy.
Responsibilities will include:
Building on the existing Spanish program, develop and align a Spanish language program across LS, MS and US that builds real-world fluency and comprehension, both written and verbal. Developing the curriculum lesson plans for all assigned classes, working with peers, the department head and head of school to ensure alignment with school goals and pedagogy.
Partnering with other teachers and staff as needed.
Attending all scheduled meetings and events, including but not limited to department meetings, faculty meetings, all-school and family or community events and others as determined by the head of school and your department head. Helping chaperone selected off-campus trips, including one week-long “Perspectives” trips which may be out of state.
Communicating regularly and effectively with parents, peers and leadership on school and student issues, progress, challenges, successes. Post pictures and synopses of student achievements on active school social media platforms.
Evaluating student performance, social development, behavior, health and intellectual growth, reporting on these periodically and as scheduled by your department head through school-defined systems and processes. Providing tutoring when required to help students achieve their goals. Planning and conducting parent-teacher conferences during designated periods and as otherwise needed.
Ensuring that lesson plans and your teaching style approach all of your students in an individualized manner, adapting your approach as needed to properly educate students of different needs, motivational requirements and academic progress. Establishing clear objectives for students and providing the tools and lessons to attain them.
Knowledge of student and faculty handbooks and other school rules, and enforcement within school guidelines.
Having a clear understanding of our school mission and values, and using these as the foundation for all planning, education and activity.
Be a positive, active supporter of Selwyn School in the community, referring potential families to our school to help support enrollment growth.
Other responsibilities and activities as directed by the Head of School and MS/US School Department Head.
General Education and Experience:
The ideal candidate will:
Hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in Spanish, education or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university. Advanced degree(s) are a plus.
Have at least 3 years experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, ideally in an independent school. Certification in said area(s) or active pursuit of certification is a plus.
Be capable of designing lessons for LS, MS and US students (grades K-12) and teaching these lessons, both independently and as part of integrated school projects (e.g. lesson that integrates language science, math and/or technology).
Have the ability to tailor an innovative, individualized educational approach to the particular needs of a class or student, delivering an education that effectively motivates every student to their potential and reflects our school’s mission and pedagogy.
When needed, help develop a class / program budget and manage expenses within this budget.
On and off campus, represent Selwyn School in a way that positively builds our brand image and motivates people to learn more about the school.
Help develop and execute school events and programs as needed.
Comply with all applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations regarding teaching lower school children.
Welcome constructive performance reviews, working to implement ideas for improvement on an ongoing basis.
Have unimpeachable ethics, honesty, respect for all and a deep desire to work on behalf of students and the people who serve them.
Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as required by school leadership.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Leveraging a modern understanding of effective education, develop and teach a variety of Spanish language lessons to lower, middle and upper school students and deliver these lessons both indoors and outdoors.
Have and continuously develop current knowledge of Spanish and language education for the K-12 students.
Partner with other teachers and assistants and working effectively with department heads, the head of school and school leadership.
Serve as a leader and role model for students, exhibiting the character, understanding, demeanor, resilience and leadership expected of all professionals at our school. Learn our school mission and reflect it in all that you do. Ensure that lesson plans and teaching extend all critical elements of our “portrait of a graduate:” academic achievement, problem solving, community, compassion, global citizenship, leadership skills, empathy, resilience.
Effectively communicate with students, families and school administration and adapt as needed to meet the needs of our students. Engage parents regularly to help improve student development.
Team productively with peers, leadership and the broader Selwyn family and alumni community. Be a positive, active participant inside and outside the class, working with other staff, parents and alumni on projects and events that promote the well-being of the school.
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Comply with all staff, state and school requirements, including the Faculty and Staff Handbook. Represent Selwyn School well, on and off campus, including on all personal or professional social media, exhibiting professionalism, ethical behavior and respect. Maintain all records as required by the school and governmental licensing bureaus. Be on campus on the schedule required by the Head.
Proactively identify and engage in self-development each year to improve effectiveness, working with department head to schedule teacher development.
Other duties as assigned.
Other Qualifications: All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and other employee screening as required. A USA-valid and current drivers license and record in good standing is required.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation:
Salary will be discussed with eligible candidates. Selwyn School offers health and dental benefits and school holidays.
About Selwyn School
The Selwyn School is nestled on a 10-acre campus in Argyle, just outside of the bustling city of Denton and close to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. Selwyn's campus offers students a relaxed Texas-rustic feel in which to learn and grow. The 10-acre wooded campus provides Selwyn students an opportunity to study life, earth and physical sciences in a hands-on environment both in and out of the classroom. For more information visit our website at https://selwynschool.org.
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