Spanish Cultural Study Instructor
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The A.M. Winn (AMW) Community Guild seeks a Spanish Cultural Study instructor to join the school’s team of experienced and loving Waldorf educators committed to helping their students grow into well-rounded and fulfilled young people.
Ideal candidate will be fluent in Spanish (native speaker preferred) and have experience teaching Spanish and/or Waldorf education, with knowledge of culture, language, songs, etc. Ideal candidate will also possess:
- Excellent communication skills with both children and adults
- Classroom management abilities
- A passion for Waldorf education, collaboration and growth
- Ability to self-start and create lesson plans for a range of abilities
- An interest in working with children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
- A dedication to gentle discipline and calm demeanor
Preferred background includes:
- High school diploma and some college units
- Prior experience teaching, leading or educating students
- Familiarity with Waldorf pedagogy and methods as it relates to foreign language (as a student, parent, teacher/instructor, etc.)
- Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential not required, but welcome and will be compensated appropriately
$28-33 per hour, depending on experience
AMW’s Spanish instructor is a part-time (30 hours per week) position. The Spanish instructor will be on campus Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Each class (in first through eighth grades) will have 1-3 weekly opportunities to experience Spanish class. Students at AMW begin working with the Spanish instructor in first grade, continuing through the grades. The below subjects have historically been offered; though we welcome an experienced Spanish instructor to introduce their own projects and recommendations.
- First – third grade: Cultural study and introduction to second language; For the first three years of instruction, the students are taught through the use of Spanish songs, finger plays, games, stories and poems. The “shower of language” is needed for the students to feel the character of the language. The students create their own texts by making entries into their Spanish lesson books as a keepsake of what has been presented in each grade.
- Fourth – Sixth grade: Students are introduced to the study of Spanish grammar. There are whole class activities that require student participation. These include verb games, skits, riddles, and tongue twisters. At this time the students are ready for the reading of the Spanish word. The student created Spanish lesson book now becomes a resource for the student where the accuracy of information is stressed. In grade six, homework in Spanish is first introduced with the beginning of the study of the ancient Aztec civilization.
- Seventh grade: A continuation of the study of ancient cultures with the focus on Maya and Inca civilizations. It is also a time for students to express their Spanish voice. At this point, the student is asked to speak as an individual through a Spanish interview and a biographical report on a person who influenced the Latin Culture. The preterite and imperfect past verb tenses are explored through these activities.
- Eighth Grade: Begins with a review of previous years’ Spanish lessons. Future verb tenses and a classical reading selection, “Don Quixote de la Mancha” are introduced. Although participation/effort marks are provided for grades 1-6 students at the trimester, only 7th and 8th grades are provided with letter grade for each quarter.
- Special Day Classes: AMW has two mixed grade SDC classrooms, one for grades 1-3 and another for grades 4-6. We anticipate lessons for these students will be developed with input from the teachers.
All materials are funded by the AMW Community Guild. Position requires collaboration with grades teachers and administration to schedule lessons prior to the beginning of instruction.
Due to insufficient District funding, the Spanish instructor position is funded entirely by the AMW Community Guild, a parent-teacher organization deeply committed to fostering both Waldorf education ideals, as well as diversity and inclusion throughout the community. This is an independent contractor position and is not an employee of the Sacramento City Unified School District.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and a minimum of three references to email@example.com by Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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