Spanish Teacher, PreK – Grade 8
Atrium School, Watertown, MA
Spanish Teacher, PreK – Grade 8 (.80 FTE)
Atrium School is seeking a .80 FTE Spanish Teacher for PreK – Grade 8. Atrium’s progressive education encourages academic curiosity, creativity, and exploration while fostering each child’s intellectual growth. Our students develop confidence in themselves and respect for others within a joyful, vibrant community of nurturing teachers, engaged parents, and enriching partnerships. Atrium School, an independent school in Watertown, serves about 125 students, with each grade typically consisting of 14-16 students maximum.
The Spanish Teacher’s responsibilities include designing curriculum, tailoring active lesson plans, creating meaningful projects and field trips, setting homework and assessments for diverse learners, and writing progress reports for Middle School students, as well as curriculum summaries, three times a year. The goals of the Atrium Spanish program are to help children develop basic communicative competence in Spanish, to instill confidence and pride in students as Spanish speakers, to create a Spanish learning culture that is joyful and exciting, and to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
Spanish classes take place three times a week for 45 minutes each in the Middle School (Grades 6 – 8) and twice a week in Grades 4 and 5. Younger students have one weekly lesson. The Spanish teacher works closely with the Middle School teaching team, the PreK – Grade 5 teaching teams, the faculty Anti-Bias and Equity committee, and the Director of Equity and Curriculum, among others.
- Designing and selecting curriculum.
- Developing engaging lesson plans, with an understanding of the individual needs of students.
- Providing conversational classes, engaging students in games, and teaching vocabulary, grammar, and writing conventions.
- Teaching students about the history, culture, traditions, and achievements of people on the multiple continents where Spanish is spoken.
- Investing in the life of the school by supporting social and emotional learning, participating in faculty meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings, faculty work week, anti-bias training, and other professional development opportunities.
- Collaborating with colleagues to produce interdisciplinary projects and collectively support the overall growth of students.
- Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish, with a familiarity with related literature, history, culture, and current events.
- Teaching experience, certificate, and/or degree, with a strong understanding and appreciation for the unique developmental needs of middle school age students.
- Strong interpersonal skills as well as written and verbal communication skills, with an inclination to share that with colleagues and families.
- Ongoing professional development, as well as a comfort with conducting classes almost exclusively in Spanish while incorporating a deep focus on cultural understandings.
- A familiarity with the ACTFL guidelines for teaching and learning a second language, as well as an understanding of supporting students whose first language is Spanish.
Atrium is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty (see our mission, philosophy, and diversity statement). As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to Marshall Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.