The Well School (www.wellschool.org) has been an innovative leader among elementary schools in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire for over 50 years. Since its inception, the school has offered an education focused on the whole child using a curriculum that embraces outdoor experiences and the arts and emphasizes community participation. The school’s core values of kindness, cooperation, and respect permeate daily life on campus. A deliberately small community, The Well School currently enrolls 130 students.
The Upper School (Grades 5-8) Spanish Teacher reports directly to the Head of School and works with the Upper School Dean and fellow teachers to implement a Spanish program that builds a solid 5th through 8th curriculum. This position is responsible for developing lesson plans; delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues; supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas; and responding to inquiries from students’ parents or guardians regarding student progress and the instructional program, among other related responsibilities. Class lesson plans should be a blend of inquiry-based learning, discussion, writing, oral assessments, collaborative group work, Spanish speaking, etc., in order to generate a higher level of comprehension, motivation, and reflection.
The Upper School Spanish Teacher will seek to model the school’s philosophy of education through instruction and example and provide lessons that meet the school’s requirements as well as students’ interests and capabilities. In a learning environment that focuses on caring student-teacher relationships and a meaningful curriculum, the Upper School Spanish Teacher takes a keen interest in each student’s academic and personal growth as they progress through middle school.
A schedule will be created to work well with the needs of the Spanish Teacher and the Upper School.
Attend and help facilitate five Saturday school days throughout the academic year
Attend staff meetings and retreats and generally participate in the life of the school
Create a curriculum and/or implement the school’s curriculum within the classroom
In a classroom of 10 to 15 students, create a developmentally appropriate, positive, and inclusive culture that cultivates motivation and enthusiasm for and growth in learning
Differentiate instruction based on student level
Maintain records of student work, student progress, and attendance
Assess student learning and create written progress reports and report cards twice a year
Plan, prepare for, and execute daily lessons at designated times
Communicate and/or meet with parents (with primary teacher) as needed about student progress, achievements, and expectations
Take precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities, and keep accurate records
Purchase equipment for the program and manage budget
Collaborate with faculty and staff
Monitor students in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, cafeteria, playground, field trips, etc.)
Handle social, emotional, and behavioral issues as they arise
Report safety and wellness incidents to maintain students’ personal safety and adhere to state law
Work to be an example of and promote healthy interpersonal relationships with coworkers and students
Integrate suitable use of technology as appropriate
Communicate regularly with classroom teachers about student progress and the Spanish curriculum so that integration can take place when possible
Maintain language consistent with classroom teachers when speaking with students
Other duties assigned by the Head of School, i.e. supervising recess one time a week
Bachelor’s degree or similar, Master’s degree preferred
Proficient knowledge of Spanish, teaching strategies, and methods
At least 5 to 10 years of experience in a school or youth-serving organization
Outstanding organizational skills
Proficient computer skills
Valid driver’s license
Availability to work extended hours on occasion
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
Able to work well collaboratively
Excellent oral and written communication skills
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
The Well School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
The Well School is an independent day school for Preschool through 8th grade in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The school's mission is "to inspire confidence, passion, and a love of learning in every child." Our philosophy emphasizes a solid academic and experiential foundation, small class sizes, and the importance of the arts, the outdoors, and physical activity. The Well School is a place of excellence in teaching and learning, as well as a supportive environment in which every student can grow and discover his or her whole self.