Middle/Upper School Spanish Teacher (Beginning January 2024)

  • Girls Preparatory School
  • Chattanooga, TN, USA
  • Oct 25, 2023
Full time Teacher

Job Description

About Girls Preparatory School

The mission of Girls Preparatory School (GPS) is to inspire each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve over 500 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of courses in the humanities, STEM, the arts, and more, as well as a rich and varied cocurricular program. 

GPS prioritizes healthy connections and relationships, fostering a culture where each girl is known, heard, and empowered to use her voice. This culture of acceptance and belonging nurtures and lifts her up in mind, body, and spirit so that she can find her place and discover her potential with confidence and joy for dynamic engagement in a rapidly changing world. 

Faculty support each student in a learner-centered and collaborative culture that is aligned with our mission, vision, and values. Furthermore, faculty and staff are expected to understand and embody our tenets of excellence.

Teaching Position Summary

GPS has an immediate (January 2024) opening to continue the strong work of a departing teacher with a well-qualified instructor of Spanish I-B (grade 8), Spanish II (9+) and Honors Spanish II (9). The position requires a deep understanding of language instruction as well as investment in the value of studying language and culture as a part of global citizenship. To build on the fall semester, the candidate should be experienced with Comprehensible Input, familiar with ACTFL standards, and excited to join the world language team within the Humanities Department at GPS. 

Teaching Duties and Responsibilities

A successful teacher in this role will support students’ growth as Spanish speakers, writers, readers, and listeners through learner-centered instruction. The ideal candidate will have experience with interdisciplinary connections and cultivating global perspectives in students and with collaborating within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback. Finally, the teacher will have a passion for teaching and celebrating Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and a demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences.

Reporting to the Division Head(s) and Humanities Department Chair, the person in this role will:

  • Design and maintain a classroom environment that supports girls’ academic and personal growth;

  • Plan, develop, and execute lessons that reflect the world languages’ curriculum and adapt to the needs of students as they progress;

  • Establish effective rapport with students within a supportive and equitable classroom culture;

  • Implement a variety of learner-centered pedagogical approaches to instruction and assessment;

  • Evaluate and communicate student progress; 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practices in differentiated instruction;

  • Collaborate with learning support specialists in order to meet the needs of students with learning differences;

  • Serve as an advisor to a group of 10-12 ninth-graders;

  • Contribute to school life by sponsoring a club, offering an after-school activity, coaching, or some other method based on faculty interest; 

  • Attend and participate in departmental and conference meetings, committing to professional growth and the professional life of the faculty; and

  • Use outstanding and varied written and verbal communication skills to partner with students, families, and colleagues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or related field required

  • Native or near-native advanced proficiency in spoken and written Spanish required

  • Master’s degree in Spanish or related field preferred

  • At least three years of teaching experience preferred

It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.