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January 24, 2019
8th and 9th Grade Spanish Teacher
Who we are . . .

Founded in 2012, ESLA is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in our seventh year, we are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. Our academic model is enhanced by the belief that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, go to www.es-la.com.

We’re looking for . . .

ESLA’s Language Department is seeking a teacher with an unshakable commitment to student success; whose classroom is filled with joy and authentic connections.
The ideal candidate has some or all of the following characteristics:
A passion and knowledge of working with a diverse student body, with a commitment to equity and inclusion,
Knowledge of effective differentiation techniques to support students from a range of socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds, including learning differences
Demonstrated success in the classroom meeting developmental needs of 8th and 9th-grade students,
Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience in public, charter, parochial or independent schools, and
Targeted professional development in the teaching of Spanish language and culture, including working knowledge of ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, OPI assessments, and Proficiency Benchmarks
A sense of humor and desire to work with students in grades eight and nine.

Responsibilities . . .

Teach 5 sections of 8th and 9th-grade Spanish (Levels 1 and 2):
Preparation of course materials, both working from existing curricular frameworks and through development of new materials
Participate in after-school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) programs 1-2 days a week (sports, clubs, performing arts, academic support, etc.)
Advisor to a small group of Middle or Upper School students
Attend regular community gatherings, including, but not limited to, meetings, Chapel, community lunch, and major Feast Days.

Requirements . . .

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree and/or teaching credential is preferred
Native or near-native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish
Eagerness to build innovative curriculum using and authentic resources in all communicative modes
Effective classroom management techniques
Ability to integrate technology to enhance student achievement,
The ability to work collaboratively within the department as well as to seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.

Compensation & Benefits . . .

Salary is competitive with other area independent schools.
Full medical, dental, vision benefits, plus 401(k) with employer match after 1 year of employment.
Lunch is freshly prepared and shared family-style by faculty and students each day.
Beyond competitive pay and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a student-centered, collaborative, and joyful learning community.

To Apply . . .

Please send the following to [email protected] (no phone calls please):
Résumé. Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
Link to a video or short written statement with answers to the following questions (1-3 mins; minimally edited, or no more than 500 words):
Why do you enjoy teaching 8th and 9th grade students?
What are the challenges and rewards of diversity in the classroom?
Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.

Proud of our urban identity and our mission to act as an influential contributor to the City of Los Angeles, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of our school and local communities including race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We welcome families and faculty representing the diversity of the world in our educational programs, admission policies, financial aid program, hiring, and other school-administered programs.
Amanda Valenzuela
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