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World Languages-Spanish

Title:  World Language Teacher (Secondary)
Organizational/Labor Relationship:  Exempt
Position Status: 10 month, professional teaching position
Reports to:  Principal/Assistant Principal  

Salary: $55,855

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE:

To develop in each student an insight and understanding in Spanish languages while also having an extensive content knowledge in the acquisition of both languages. To instruct and lead student learning in accordance with the goals, directives and curriculum of Southern Lehigh School District’s Schools and the state of Pennsylvania. Teachers provide instruction and assessment in assigned subject matter using resources and research-based classroom strategies blended with sound pedagogy.

ESSENTIAL TEACHING PRACTICES:

The minimum performance expectations include, but are not limited to, the following essential functions:

  • Lesson Planning and Preparation: designing coherent, developmentally appropriate and subject specific lessons for instructional purpose including the selection of resources and designing of assessments taking into consideration student ages, learning styles and needs. 

  • Classroom Environment: managing the classroom setting, procedures, and expectations for student learning. Provides direct supervision to students in classrooms, hallways and other spaces (cafeteria, offices, common areas) in the school to ensure a safe, respectful environment that is conducive to learning and generally free of distractions. 

  • Instructional Delivery and Assessment: teaches with accuracy subject specific content through in-person and electronic communication means using lecture, demonstrations and modeling while employing a variety of learning methods and activities to promote student understanding, and assesses learning using traditional and non-traditional informal and formal measures. 

  • Professionalism: performing professional responsibilities associated with teaching including reflecting and refinement of lessons, taking attendance and grading, maintaining student records, attending professional development workshops, and communicating with families by conducting meetings, Back to School events, Parent Conferences and other meetings with students, parents and colleagues. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Develops lesson plans and curricula that demonstrate the oral and written Spanish language including phonics, grammar, writing, and conversational material with a focus on pronunciation, key words, and phrases. 

  • Teaches writing and Spanish composition material while demonstrating mastery of both languages from Level 1 through AP levels of Spanish.

  • Understands and uses key concepts, underlying themes, relationships, and different perspectives related to the content area. Uses knowledge of student development to make learning experiences in the content area meaningful and accessible for every student. Relates ideas and information within and across content areas. Understands and uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the content area.

  • Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning and progress and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student's needs, including students with special needs.

  • Maintains familiarity with district and Pennsylvania State standardized tests for the purpose of adapting curriculum to maximize student achievement on such tests.

  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learning of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.

  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement and attendance as required by district procedures and applicable laws.

  • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.

  • Ensures that students’ conduct conforms to the school's standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.

  • Coordinates with other professional staff members, especially within grade level, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.

  • Selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids, and other supplies and equipment, and maintains inventory records.

  • Provides instruction to students with special needs in accordance with IEP, utilizing support services as required; participates in IEP meetings as appropriate.

  • Provides planned learning experiences in order to motivate students and best utilize the available time for instruction; identifies and adjusts instructional objectives in terms of student need using grade level standards and assessments.

  • Creates lesson plans that comply with PA Core Standards and/or PA Academic Standards.

  • Administers multiple-measure assessment tests in accordance with testing programs implemented in the district. 

  • Maintains regular and timely attendance.

  • Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities.

  • Attends to all non-teaching duties as assigned (i.e. lunch, recess, study hall duty, etc.).

  • Performs other assigned and related duties as assigned by building administrator(s) in accordance with school/district or state policies and practices.
     

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of curricular planning, state standards and the principles and methods for delivering standards based curriculum and instruction for all students.

  • Ability to plan and deliver a curriculum that is differentiated for individual learners or groups and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students.

  • Ability to measure or assess student learning progress and evaluate testing scores and data.

  • Ability to prepare, update and maintain student records, progress reports, lesson plans, and other required documentation in accordance with district protocol and the law.

  • Knowledge of school district policies and state laws pertaining to the confidentiality of students information and data.

  • Knowledge and ability to comply with all school district policies.

  • Ability to effectively use electronic tools and resources (computers, equipment, subject curriculum, business and communication software and Internet resources) in the performance of work duties.

  • Knowledge of school and state compulsory attendance requirements and completes reporting requirements.

  • Knowledge of safety drills and facility evacuation plans, and ability to implement safety protocols taking all reasonable actions to protect students, self and others and secure District facilities.

  • Ability to report injuries, accidents, illnesses, and discipline problems to the appropriate authority immediately or as soon as is reasonably possible.

  • Collaborates with fellow teaching staff in professional development and in departmental activities as required. 

  • Knowledge of Professional Standards and ethical conduct as defined in state ethics codes.

  • Knowledge of professional obligations related to all mandated reporter responsibilities and ability to perform all associated duties to report child abuse, discrimination, sexual harassment, et al.

  • Ability to present professionally and as an example or role model to students.
     

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or an acceptable equivalent. 

  • Certifications: Active and valid Teaching Certificate issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the assignment or position  

PDE REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECKS 

  1. PA State Police Check, Act 34

  2. PA Child Abuse Certification, Act 151

  3. FBI Fingerprint Check, Act 114

  4. PA Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form, Act 24, PDE-6004 

  5. Copy of Teaching Certificate or Emergency Permit 

  6. Pre Employment physical with required medical clearance 
     

PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to speak, read, write, comprehend and communicate in English in oral and written form.

  • Ability to use hands for manual and fine dexterity purposes, and sit, walk, stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, lift and carry objects normally weighing under 10 pounds up to a maximum of 25 pounds.

  • Ability to enter and exit, move and travel to assigned work areas and about the workplace facility and grounds safely.

  • Must be able to think, express ideas, interpret situations, use judgement and reasoning and problem solve.  

  • Must be able to interact positively and effectively with others. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

School building. Travel throughout the District may be required. Typical settings include classrooms, offices, health rooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, auditoriums, and recreational spaces. Teachers may be occasionally subject to inside and outside environmental conditions and work related hazards. 

LICENSES:

  • Valid Driver’s license or ability to present appropriate identification upon request.

This job description may be updated and/or altered at the sole discretion of the employer.  

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary function/ duty/responsibility at acceptable standards as set by the employer.  In accordance with both state and/or federal law, reasonable accommodations will be considered upon employee request.

Southern Lehigh School District is an equal opportunity employer

Position: World Languages-Spanish
Organization: Southern Lehigh School District
Location: Center Valley,  PA 
United States
Salary: 55,855
Posting Start Date: 8/22/2022
Date Posted: 6/9/2022
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Status: This listing expires on: 7/9/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
Southern Lehigh School District
Address:
5775 Main Street

Center Valley,  PA 18034
United States
Email:
hoffmanc@slsd.org
Phone:
6102821030
Fax:
Contact:
Cheyanne Hoffman