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Spanish Teacher, Grades 6-8

Company: Greenwich Country Day School
Location: Greenwich
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with current enrollment of 1375 students in grades N-12, and a faculty and staff of over 350.The original Old Church Road campus is home to grades N-8, and the new High School, established in 2019, is located less than two miles away on Stanwich Road. Founded in 1926, Greenwich Country Day School is a family school where innovative teaching is encouraged as teachers model and foster a love of learning, challenge and inspire children toward academic excellence, and cultivate students' interests and talents outside of the classroom. We value purposeful and personal learning in a joyful environment, with emphasis on the development of character, creativity, and a sense of personal value along with strong academic skills. GCDS is committed to graduating ethical, confident leaders who possess a strong sense of purpose.

GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits including a robust professional development program and reimbursement for graduate school tuition. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Greenwich Country Day School seeks a Spanish Teacher, Grades 6-8, to start August 2022. Successful candidates will possess Spanish fluency and pedagogical expertise along with a dedication to collaboration and a creative and flexible approach to curriculum design and instruction. The ability to teach an additional language(s) is highly desirable

The Advisory program is a fundamental aspect of the Middle School's culture. Advisors meet weekly with their group of Advisees (8-10 students), as well as with the Grade-level Team to which they are assigned. Advisors are supervised by their respective Grade-level Dean in coordination with the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They are the primary point of contact for parents/guardians and are involved in academic goal setting, reflective exercises, and rituals such as student-led conferences. Advisors are also responsible for deploying curriculum developed by the Division's Advisory Committee, and function as an advocate for each advisee in all facets of their Middle School experience. All Middle School faculty are expected to serve as an Advisor.

Diversity is a core value at GCDS, and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. GCDS is pleased to offer transportation support and accommodations, as needed, along with an introduction to the local area, for those candidates who travel from outside of the region for on-campus employment interviews.

Responsibilities Include:
Instructional responsibility in content area(s)
Facilitating student lead discussions based on a Harkness model
Serving as an advisor for 6-12 students
Oversight and assessment of the development and progress of each child
Assessment of all students' progress in both written and verbal reports
Communication with parents
Collaborative work with colleagues on grade level, departmental and interdisciplinary faculty teams, Middle School faculty and staff, and the broader school community
Daily supervision of a lunch table
Contribution toward athletic and/or co-curricular programming, as assigned, in addition to classroom role

Required Qualifications:
Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
A minimum of 3-years successful classroom teaching experience with students in this age group, or demonstrated professional competency
Fluency in target language(s)
Experience with inquiry-based and/or project-based learning
A passion for learning and the ability to motivate and inspire students
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Willingness to take on multiple roles within the school
Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children - must be energetic, creative, flexible, patient, and have an inexhaustible sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:
Fluency in and ability to teach multiple world languages
Advanced degree in academic/research field and/or professional experience within your area of practice
Demonstrated capacity and desire to teach across multiple disciplines/subject areas
Experience in and desire to build culture and community with both adults and students
Experience as an academic advisor
Athletic coaching experience
Demonstrated experience in establishing collaborative relationships with external partners/organizations in the design and implementation of learning experiences

Interested candidates are invited to use the link provided to send a cover letter and resume to:

Susan Fahey Khanna, Director of Human Resources

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Keywords: Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich , Spanish Teacher, Grades 6-8, Education / Teaching , Greenwich, Connecticut

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