The School is seeking an experienced Spanish teacher to serve as the Foreign Language Department Chair beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The Department Chair will teach three sections of Spanish while supporting and evaluating faculty, overseeing curriculum for Chinese, Latin and Spanish, and leading conversations about best instructional practices. The Language Department Chair works closely with the Associate Headmaster, Division Heads, and other Department Chairs to think strategically about the needs of the School’s overall academic program. St. Mark’s is a vibrant learning community, so the ideal candidate will be a creative and energetic teacher who has had experience teaching at a variety of levels. Additionally, at St. Mark’s, we are deeply committed to character and leadership education for all boys and have developed a program that spans grades one through twelve. Successful candidates will have interest in participating in this aspect of our School program and will place equal priority on the development of character and scholarship for our students.
Teach three sections of Spanish in the Upper and/or Middle School
Serve as an Advisor to a small group of students
Support the growth of the teachers within the department through the annual goal-setting, observation, and evaluation process
Oversee the departmental curriculum in Spanish (grades 1-12), Chinese (grades 5-12), and Latin (grades 7-12)
Encourage regular reevaluation and updating of curriculum and classroom practices
Manage the departmental budget and textbook orders
Support the daily and long-term operational needs of the department and its members
Coordinate placement testing of new students
Collaborate with the other Department Chairs regarding operational and strategic matters
Experience / Qualifications & Skills
A minimum of 8-10 years of experience teaching Spanish, at least some of which is at the secondary level
Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English; in-depth knowledge of Hispanic culture
An advanced degree in Spanish; the ideal candidate will have studied other languages as well
A collaborative approach to leadership that leads to effective decision making; genuine enthusiasm for working with colleagues, sharing strategies, and exploring effective ways to enhance teaching
Fluency with technology tools that advance learning for students
A passion for teaching and learning languages and for working with young people
Qualified applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, and a statement of teaching philosophy to email@example.com.
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of le...arning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.