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Spanish Teacher / Grades 1 - 7

Constellation Charter School, 14450 NE 148th Ave, Waldo, FL 32694, USA

Job Type

Contractor / Part Time (begins August 2024**)

About the Employment

*Faculty Chair and Pedagogical Director positions and the Spanish teacher’s role with these positions will be clarified.
**Constellation follows the District’s Calendar. There may be up to 2 weeks onboarding prior to start of school.

JOB SUMMARY
Constellation Charter School is an initiative member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education (APWE). This is a “specials” class position in an innovative charter school, with the responsibility for establishing a world language (Spanish) experience in the life of each child. In this role the Spanish teacher strives for the success of individual students and the class as a whole. The Spanish teacher also works collaboratively within the faculty, with school leadership, and with the parents, to ensure a learning climate that is nurturing, respectful, and safe for all students. Working out of the Core Principles as articulated by APWE, the Spanish teacher understands child and human development and demonstrates this understanding in the context of Constellation’s curriculum. The Spanish teacher instructs students creatively and effectively using the desired methods, and performs appropriate adjustments to inform necessary changes, ensuring the best outcomes for all students, within the context of the curriculum. The Spanish teacher works under the statutes governing Florida charter schools as well as the guidance set forth by Constellation’s Board and the Principal.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
School and Classroom Culture:
- Work out of an understanding of the specified perspective on child and human development in all aspects of work with the students, and especially through the proscribed curriculum.
- Develop a climate of openness, fairness, mutual respect, support and inquiry in the classroom, the school, and community. Listen and interact effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and community members, respecting diverse perspectives. Demonstrate respect for students, colleagues, administrators, and parents.
- Create opportunities to educate parents in what the students do in the classroom and more importantly why they do it from the perspective of child and human development.
- Model and reinforce self-discipline and responsibility, while engaged in self-study and self-improvement.
- Promote both independent and collaborative work ethic.
- Provide professional leadership to establish an environment conducive to learning and welcoming of student diversity. Work effectively with school colleagues, parents, and the community to support students’ well-being and in so doing, student’s learning.
- Involve students in the development of a mission and goals that support the school’s goals and guide classroom decisions.
- Establish and maintain a safe and secure classroom environment. Manage student misconduct promptly and appropriately according to Constellation’s guidelines; resolve conflict and crises appropriately and effectively.
- Openness to outdoor teaching when beneficial to the content and to the students’ wellbeing.
- Use nature as an attribute in teaching and learning. This is an important aspect of the curriculum.
- Guidance will be provided on how to achieve this.
- Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate appropriate progress toward graduation expectations: knowledgeable, lifelong learner; responsible individual; effective communicator; problem solver; collaborative team worker, and self-directed learner.
- Use quantitative and qualitative data for continual improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Spanish Instructional:
- Follows an approved foreign language curriculum, appropriate to the pedagogy of Constellation and to the age and ability of the students. Deliver a sequential curriculum based on a written program.
- Guide the students to enjoy and appreciate Spanish in their daily life.
- Immerse the students in the language, including through exposure to stories, songs, movements, games, literature, and culture, as well as through Professional performances, field trips, and participation during school celebrations and festivals.
- Familiarity with Constellation’s curriculum; collaborate with the Class teacher and school leadership, linking program content to the Spanish lesson - an integrated curriculum approach.
- Develop lesson plans and submit ahead of time. Keep records of sessions, including formative and summative assessments of students and their progress in language.
- Keep Class teachers informed of students’ progress and concerns.
- Provide written updates, including brief mid and end of year reports to parents.
- Responsibility for the well-being of the students in the Spanish class, using management strategies appropriate to the age and ability of the students.
- Positively motivate the students to work to the best of their unique ability, providing opportunities for positive learning outcomes.
- Encourage the students to develop their own creativity by providing opportunities in each experience area.
- Recommend the purchase of materials and supplies, within the specified budget. Make recommendations for future purchases to inform budget updates.
-Participate in Professional Development activities relating to performing job responsibilities.
- Perform other related duties as required that may not be listed in this job description.

Requirements

Qualifications and Requirements

Florida

  • Comply with all rules and regulations regarding charter schools.

  • Must pass a Level 2 Background check.

Constellation

  • Documented teaching experience, including home school groups.

  • Relevant experience, knowledge and skills to teach Spanish.

  • If not Waldorf pedagogical trained, must have an openness to participate in such training and mentorship, both in house and through approved external training, as appropriate to specific role as world language teacher.

  • Participate in self study and professional development.

  • Employ art as unfolded in the curriculum.  Appropriate training and support provided.

  • Ability to work collaboratively, flexibly, and nimbly as is necessary in the launch year of a charter school. This includes faculty and school meetings as we finetune and improve our processes.  

  • Participate in activities that are outside of school instructional hours and part of the school’s Life.  This may include but not be limited to: celebrations and seasonal festivals, school performances, field trips, and meetings.

  • Uphold high ethical standards for oneself, for the students’, and for the school’s flourishing.

Physical Demands

  • Active physical engagement in the classroom and outside on school grounds, while teaching.

  • Physical activity in the course of subject teaching - both to demonstrate and to participate along with the students.

  • Responsible for daily normal care of classroom, ensuring an environment that is calm and healthy.


Salary and Benefits

  • Salary schedule and amounts are set annually by the Board of Directors.  Constellation’s commitment is:

  • Pay range of $25 to $30/hr, based on (in increasing importance) education level, certifications, teaching experience, Waldorf training, and Waldorf teaching experience.  This may increase after our opening phase and with grant acquisition.  We value our teachers and their remuneration and are committed to maximizing this within our budget and to increasing it over time.

  • Integral member of Constellation team bringing innovation and dedication to improve the educational outcomes for ALL students.  The teacher’s voice and perspective is essential and valued at all levels of school functioning.  

  • Supportive working environment:  respectful communication, collaborative leadership, shared responsibility. 

  • Active school community with varied opportunities to make deep connections with colleagues, students, and their families.

  • Time outside, time in nature.

  • Job satisfaction and fulfillment.

About the School

Constellation Charter School is a publicly funded charter school and a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, working out of the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. We are looking for teachers interested in cultivating this exceptional educational alternative for families in Alachua county.

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