Upper School Spanish Teacher - West Sound Academy
West Sound Academy (WSA) is a college preparatory International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for grades 6-12 with an approximate enrollment of 130 students. WSA is located on a rural 20-acre campus in Poulsbo, Washington just a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle. WSA focuses on preparing compassionate, courageous and creative students capable of excelling in a global community. West Sound Academy is seeking a .6-.8FTE Upper School Spanish teacher for grades 9-12. There is possibility of picking up additional FTE for middle school language classes. This Spanish teacher will join a faculty and administration of 25 and reports to the Head of School. Responsibilities include planning and delivering Spanish curriculum to small class sizes with an average ratio of 9:1. The language program at WSA is as follows: Grade 6: Communications Fall Semester; World Languages Spring Semester Grade 7: Intro to Latin Fall Semester, Computer Language and Logic Spring Semester Grade 8: Intro to French Fall Semester, Intro to Spanish Spring Semester Grade 9: Spanish or French I, Intermediate English Language (international students only) Grade 10: Spanish or French II Grade 11: Spanish or French III; TOEFL prep class (international students only) Grade 12: IB Spanish HL or SL; TOEFL prep class (international Students only)
Duties include: • Classroom instruction of Spanish I, II, III and IB Spanish HL and SL in a rotating block schedule, with an emphasis on building all aspects of language learning including auditory, verbal, writing and reading skills in a 90 - 100% immersed classroom; • Teaching students to make connections in their learning and be self-directed when appropriate • The ability to differentiate work load for students who may be placed in multi-level classes • Written evaluations of students two times during the year combined with frequent communication to parents via email or phone; • Conferences with students and colleagues two to three times per year; • Serving as advisor for ten to twelve grade 8-10 students meeting once per week and acting as a primary point of contact for parents • Serving as an advisor for an after- or during-school club • Active collaboration with other faculty within the Language Acquisition and other departments • Attending department and faculty meetings and evening events as requested; • Possible additional FTE assigned to teach a middle school language class based on the teacher’s interests and strengths • Development and implementation of a three week June Term course of focused study based on the teacher’s interests and experience for multi-age groups of middle and upper school students; • One overnight fall retreat and the possibility of leading, at the teacher’s discretion, a multi-day overnight field trip which may include outdoor activities such as rafting, camping, climbing, hiking, sea-kayaking or canoeing; • Active participation in the life of the school community. Successful candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Spanish or a related field and should possess native or near-native proficiency in both Spanish and English. Candidates must have experience teaching Spanish in an upper school or late middle-school level. Lastly, the ideal candidate will have experience living in a Spanish-speaking country, be familiar with the IB Diploma Programme and be computer literate. West Sound Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer. WSA provides IB professional development training for the successful candidate. West Sound Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual preference, gender identity or any other protected classification under State, Federal, or Local Law in administration of its hiring practices, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, loan programs, and athletic or any other school-administered program.
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