Middle School History and Spanish Teacher

  • Girls Preparatory School
  • Chattanooga, TN, USA
  • Jun 08, 2022
Full time Teacher

Job Description


Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since then. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve 525 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses, and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.


The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching middle school girls at different grade levels and adjusting classroom management skills accordingly. The candidate for this position will be expected to design and maintain a class environment responsive to girls’ academic and personal growth and to establish effective rapport with students. They will work within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner. Daily instructional plans should demonstrate knowledge of best practices in differentiated instruction and 21st-century pedagogical approaches, encouraging student-led inquiry and creative critical thinking.

The teaching candidate should be a student of history and world languages, possess an educational and academic background, and demonstrate expertise in utilizing various pedagogical techniques. The exemplary candidate will also have experience with interdisciplinary connections and cultivating global perspectives in students. This faculty member will teach introductory classes in Spanish as a second language to middle school students as well as a middle school history class in English. They will also serve in the Learning Center to offer educational support to students.


Reporting to the Division Heads, this faculty member will be expected to:

  • Plan, develop, and execute lessons that reflect the history and social sciences curriculum with a focus on world history and ancient civilizations;
  • Plan, develop, and execute lessons and units that reflect the middle school Spanish curriculum and align with ACTFL standards as well as the World Language department scope and structure;
  • Adapt course curriculum for individual or small-group instruction to meet the needs of identified students or subgroups of students;
  • Employ a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, including, but not limited to, direct instruction, guided practice, and inquiry-based learning activities to facilitate knowledge and skill development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the importance of technology in world language instruction;
  • Work closely with departmental colleagues to create a cohesive interdisciplinary curriculum; 
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and learn from the complex and diverse world we live in;
  • Evaluate student progress and, with the assistance of support services, develop a path for all students to meet course standards in knowledge and skills;
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to ongoing professional development by taking advantage of departmental and institutional opportunities; 
  • Implement and maintain a standard of performance consistent with GPS’s goal of academic excellence;
  • Serve as an advisor within the school’s advisory program; and
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the Head of School or Division Heads.


  • A bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in history or an associated field; 
  • College-level coursework in Spanish or a native speaker of Spanish;
  • MA or MEd is highly desirable;
  • A minimum of three years teaching experience;
  • Proficiency in educational technology and 21st-century pedagogy;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths;
  • Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences;
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness, an understanding of various perspectives, and the ability to interact respectfully with students of other cultures and backgrounds;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills;
  • Outstanding and varied written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Collegiality and eagerness to collaborate with fellow faculty members in a cross-disciplinary fashion.

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 antidiscrimination 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.