Spanish Teacher

  • Highlands School
  • Birmingham, AL, USA
  • May 24, 2022
Full time Teacher

Job Description

Highlands School is a vibrant leader in independent education in the Birmingham metropolitan region. Highlands School's whole-child focused academic program – guided by a comprehensive emphasis on physical, social-emotional, creative and intellectual development – educates and inspires students in preschool through 8th grade. The School was founded in 1958 and holds dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Highlands School is seeking a Spanish teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking for a Spanish teacher who is passionate about Spanish education and is committed to 21st-century teaching and learning. The Highlands Faculty is collaborative and innovative and we seek candidates to complement the strengths of our program and to add his or her own expertise to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students. We are a vibrant professional learning community for children, parents, and teachers. Teachers receive regular support from colleagues and administrators. Regular professional development opportunities are provided and encouraged. We are seeking qualified applicants with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature or Spanish Education (Masters level preferred), classroom experience, the ability to work well with parents and colleagues, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and those who value a whole-child approach to teaching and learning.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The Highlands Spanish Teacher will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter, including best practices such as Comprehensible Input
  • Plan, supervise and implement a challenging and developmentally appropriate program in accordance with the educational philosophy and policies of Highlands School, the curriculum's scope and sequence, and the prescribed student objectives
  • Create a safe and engaging classroom community and differentiate for students, as needed, by employing a variety of instructional strategies and materials supported by best educational practices to enhance creative teaching/learning
  • Maintain a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom
  • Plan (through approved channels) and execute educational field experiences, guest lecturers, and other media
  • Assess the learning of students frequently and analyze the data to drive instruction, teaching/learning strategies
  • Maintain current and accurate attendance records and grades to meet the demand for a comprehensive knowledge of each student's progress
  • Maintain open and supportive communication with parents and administration
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff to promote a positive learning environment
  • Attend all staff meetings, required school events, parent/teacher conferences, professional development days, and orientations/in-service
  • Collaborate with other world language teachers in order to evaluate, maintain, and align up-to-date curriculum, standards, and instructional practices

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in Spanish Language and Literature or Spanish Education (Master’s level preferred)
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in elementary or middle school Spanish preferred
  • A collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth, personal development, and social-emotional learning
  • Experience with differentiated instruction and appreciation of each child as an individual with diverse needs
  • Experience integrating technology and applying 21st-century learning within the classroom