Upper School Spanish Teacher (Part-Time)

Devoted to intellectual inquiry, a collaborative spirit of learning, and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, The Park School of Baltimore is a community founded on positive expectations of our students and respect for individual differences.

We cultivate children’s innate curiosity by nurturing their interests and engaging them as active participants in their own education.

We support young people in becoming confident questioners and responsible citizens of the world.  ~The Park School Mission

The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 820 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school

philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

The Position

We are seeking a part-time Spanish teacher for the Upper School beginning in Fall 2020. Responsibilities include teaching two to three sections of Spanish. Native or near-native fluency is essential, as well as experience in teaching Spanish at the Upper School level. We expect that candidates will have spent time abroad.

The Upper School Modern Language Department’s approach to teaching emphasizes oral communication, cultural awareness, and student-centered activities. We seek a Spanish teacher who is willing to embrace this approach to language teaching and who is willing to collaborate with the rest of the department to enhance our curriculum.

Qualifications

  • Native/near-native fluency in Spanish
  • Knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures, preferably from experience(s) abroad
  • Teaching experience at the Upper School level and a commitment to working with this age group
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with a culture-driven approach
  • Knowledge and application of varied and creative teaching methods
  • Personal skills necessary to work collaboratively with colleagues in a school-wide department
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a variety of contexts
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or openness to technology that support/s current best practices

Candidates who are from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background Information

Park’s Modern Language Department emphasizes oral proficiency and cultural competency. Our primary objectives are for students to gain an awareness and understanding of the culture(s) of the countries where the language is spoken and for them to speak and understand the language well enough to communicate with a native speaker. This priority is not at the expense of developing other communicative skills.

At Park, all Lower School students study Spanish beginning in pre-Kindergarten. Students choose to continue Spanish or begin French in sixth grade; in the Upper School students have the option to choose Mandarin.

The Modern Language faculty functions as a school-wide department.

Salary and Benefits

Park salary and benefits are highly competitive with those of other area independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.

In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive program:

Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

This program supports summer professional development work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.9 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods.

Application Process

Send letter of interest, résumé, personal statement, and references via email or US mail.

Contact Person:
Priscilla Morales
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4159
Fax: (410) 339-4125
academicresources@parkschool.net

The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.