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Job Title: Spanish Teacher
Reports to: Foreign Language Department Chair
FLSA Status: Exempt
Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 170 boys on a stunning 750 acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.
Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.
The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.
Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work together.
The role of Spanish Teacher is a full-time, 9-month, position that has primary responsibilities to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. This teacher is required to teach 5 sections of Upper Level Spanish (III+) each day.
- Bachelor's Degree or higher in Spanish from an accredited institution
- Relevant teaching experience preferred
- Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education
- Specific knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
- Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community
- Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers, and supervisors
- Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills
- Effective time management skills
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Demonstrate a willingness to engage students in developing solid skills in speaking, reading and writing Spanish for comprehension, communication, appreciation, and interpretation.
- Familiarize the students to the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world
- Encourage active student participation and thinking during classes
- Works with other curricular disciplines to foster interdisciplinary study
- Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
- Develop course syllabi and lesson plans
- Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
- Prepare classroom for class activities
- Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
- Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles
- Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and resources
- Use relevant technology to support instruction
- Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments
- Observe, evaluate, and record each student's overall performance and development
- Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students
- Prepare reports and update all necessary records accurately, completely, and timely as required by school policies regarding students’ behavior and academic achievement
- Manage student behavior in the classroom by consistently enforcing rules and procedures
- Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
- Apply appropriate disciplinary measures where necessary
- Participate in department meetings, school meetings, and parent meetings
- Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs
- Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
- Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
- Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
- Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams
- Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.