2021

Job Title: Spanish Head Teacher: 1st to 8th Grade

Summary/Objective

The Ancona School seeks a full-time head teacher for Spanish. The teacher will provide instruction of the Spanish language using a cultural context to embed the teaching and learning. The language teacher is responsible for evaluating student progress in the subject matter and communicating regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page, and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development. This teacher writes narrative-based progress reports, leads the class as part of school assemblies and special events, and monitors student behavior, and responds by developing pro-social behaviors and self-regulation.

 

Our Program

The World Language Program is positive, non-threatening & spontaneous. The Spanish curriculum builds upon the belief that students’ language learning should be a positive, non-threatening process, similar to the way children acquire their first language. Within our classroom, students learn not only language and pronunciation skills but also learning strategies that will aid them as they continue their studies in later years. Our approach is meant to foster spontaneous and meaningful communication among students, interest, and enthusiasm for Spanish-speaking cultures, and empathy for the people living within those cultures. We frequently use a process known as TPRS – Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling. This method emphasizes the importance of the repetition of “comprehensible input” — listening and reading that is understood by the learner –as a way to more effectively acquire language.

Our curriculum weaves lessons related to geography, daily life, history, politics, music, art, and struggles for peace and social justice within the Spanish-speaking world.  The intense focus on these themes as seen through the lens of human rights and social justice is both progressive and potentially transformative; cultivating compassionate, culturally proficient, and geographically knowledgeable global citizens who have the power to become positive change agents. Each year, within a four-year cycle, we focus on a different part of the world where Spanish is spoken: 1) Spain 2) Mexico, Central America & the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean, 3) South America, and 4) The LatinX Community in the U.S.A.

Specific Duties

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Function 

  • Follow and create curriculum that incorporates language and cultural studies as well as focuses heavily on social justice issues within the target regions
  • Plan and supervise overnight camping trip and an annual study-abroad trip
  • Assess and report on student progress four times per year
  • Plan and lead field trips to local institutions and parks/natural areas
  • Supervise lunch and recess daily
  • Partner with all adults responsible for students; collaborate with colleagues to plan and execute weekly Flex Days
  • Participate in professional development, faculty workdays, and weekly faculty meetings
  • Prepare for and present at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners
  • Communicate regularly with parents via email and the classroom website
  • Use innovative approaches to World Language instruction (speaking, reading, listening, writing)
  • Incorporate song, dance, theater, and storytelling into lessons
  • Partner with community-based organizations to enrich the curriculum
  • Engage in discussions about equity and inclusion as it relates to the target cultures  

Pre-class preparation, including consultation with SST and Grade Level Team 

  • Track attendance and report to the school office students who are in/out
  • Receive and welcome students
  • Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common activities 

Teaching Expectations During Class

  • Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling or drawing attention to ground rules 
  • Remain in contact with the whole group and sense changing mood or activity
  • Conference with individual children about their work 
  • Treat children with unconditional positive regard and provide individualized care for needs 

Expectations After Dismissal

  • Refresh the environment 
  • Complete daily notes 
  • Reflect on individual children and group interaction 
  • Assemble materials for the following instructional day 
  • Communicate with SST and grade level team about any learning or social-emotional issues that surfaced during the day

Weekly Expectations  

  • Note needed janitorial services, work orders 
  • Restructure classroom routine as needed 
  • Place orders or go shopping 
  • Meet with co-workers, Division Head, and Head of School to share ideas, plan, and problem solve 
  • Perform the following selected duties as needed: 
    • Update long-range class and children’s records 
    • Organize special projects 
    • Read professional journals or articles 
    • Confer with Head of School as requested 

Occasional and Ongoing Expectations 

  • Prepare notes for conferences 
  • Participate in staff meetings 
  • Participate in parent education 
  • Participate in Board meetings, as requested
  • Participate in professional meetings outside of school 
  • Prepare for school’s community activities such as open houses, observations, and all general meetings or special events 

Reporting Relationships 

Reports to Head of School and/or Division Head

Work Area Assigned 

Next year, must have adaptability and flexibility around the work environment and technological adaptability.

Classroom, Potential for Push-in Instruction, Outdoor Learning Space, Hallway; must secure substitute or leave only at assigned breaks. 

Required Qualifications: Education and Experience 

  • Masters in Education, or Spanish, or related area
  • Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
  • Elementary teaching experience
  • Experience integrating social justice themes into a curriculum
  • Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products, as well as Zoom

Requirements

  • CPR/First Aid certification (preferred) 
  • Pass a background check
  • Have the physical capacity to work with children.
  • Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.

Physical Demands

  • Reaching
  • Standing
  • Walking 
  • Lifting
  • Feeling
  • Talking
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sedentary work, light work, medium work
  • Close visual acuity

Work Environment

  • Inside and outside environmental conditions
  • Noise

Competencies

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Strong classroom management, knowledge of Responsive Classroom a plus
  • Teaching and supporting a diverse student population
  • Communicating constructively and productively with colleagues and parents
  • Openness to growth and change

Expected Hours of Work

Monday-Friday, 7:50 am-3:30 pm

Wednesdays, 3:35-4:45 pm (Reserved for Staff Meetings) 

Travel

  • When supervising camp, travel is provided for 5 days, 4 nights, out of state outdoor education
  • Annual faculty retreat

Dress: 

  • Professional attire; no sweats, jeans, clothing with holes, etc. 
  • Be prepared to sit on the floor and avoid jewelry that can be a distraction to the children

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEO Statement 

It is the policy of Ancona School not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff, and termination.  

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package including medical and dental insurance; tuition remission; professional development opportunities; and an employer-matched retirement plan.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit complete this form, and submit it along with a cover letter and resume, in one PDF, to: spanishteacherjob@anconaschool.org as soon as possible.