Posted: Jan 11, 2022
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Lower School Spanish Long Term Substitute

Westtown School - West Chester, PA
Temporary
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2022
Education

Long Term Substitute Lower School Spanish Teacher



Westtown School is searching for a full-time Long Term Substitute Lower School Spanish Teacher from early-March 2022 through early-June 2022.  

 

The Lower School Spanish program at Westtown incorporates conversational Spanish, cultural studies and experiences, and connections to core content areas for students in grades pre-K through 5th grade. Ideal candidates should be able to both implement the existing curriculum and plan new units and lessons based on the ACTFL Standards, authentic resources, multiple intelligences, and personal creativity. The candidate should also be able to support heritage speakers through differentiated instruction and continuing an existing heritage book club. 

As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion who are eager to engage in ongoing professional development in these areas. This will be evidenced in their approach to curriculum and pedagogy, their ability to foster and develop inclusive communities, and through their personal and professional interactions with diverse groups of students, families, faculty, and staff.

 

Position Description 

The Long Term Substitute Spanish Teacher will:

  • Ignite in children a love of language learning and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures through the development and implementation of engaging and inquiry-based curriculum;
  • Support students’ social-emotional and identity development, and foster a sense of belonging for students through teaching with a culturally responsive and inclusive lens;
  • Write Term 3 narrative reports;
  • Collaborate with classroom and special area faculty;
  • Contribute to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
  • Integrate technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices to help students hone the essential human skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy, and empower them to draw out those skills in other people;
  • Communicate effectively with all constituents – students, colleagues, administrators, and parents; and
  • Engage in divisional community responsibilities as assigned (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, weekly faculty meetings).

 

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in Education or related Education field
  • Teaching experience at the elementary level and a demonstrated passion and joy for working with Lower School students
  • Knowledge of child development and a commitment to social-emotional learning, differentiated instruction, and  inquiry- and project-based teaching
  • Strong collaboration and oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to use technology for professional responsibilities and in integration with teaching practices
  • A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community, for children and adults, based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values

Westtown School is an independent, Quaker co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world. 

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect for all. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions. 

We strive towards every student, faculty, and staff member feeling a sense of belonging at Westtown and strongly encourage applications from educators of color, LGBTQ+ educators, and educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. 

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy, including an outline of your professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select “Show All Job Openings”.