Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through 8th-grade. We have two sections of each grade level K- 8 with class sizes that average from 14-18 per class.
We believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.
Woodland School’s faculty embodies the values of academic excellence, a diverse and authentic community, and strong character building. We focus on character building because it takes both strength of mind and heart to live with integrity, to find one’s passions, and to create meaningful change in the world. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by introducing them to the latest knowledge and best practice in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
Overview of the World Language Department
The World Language Department believes students should be global citizens and active members of our local communities, linguistically and culturally, which necessitates students being bilingual and culturally-literate in Spanish. By integrating the world language standards developed by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, we aim to facilitate the development of strong comprehension and speaking skills with a near-native pronunciation, develop ease and confidence with reading and writing skills, encourage students’ integration of language learning across their daily academic experience, and introduce students to the joys and beauty of language learning.
Woodland School seeks an inspiring Spanish teacher who develops students to be competent language and culture learners. Due to changing the language program to only Spanish from the Early Childhood Center (ECC) through grade eight, we need to grow our Spanish department. Currently, the department has two full time Spanish teachers and we now seek a third teacher to complete the Spanish team. We seek the best fit candidate for our community and can be flexible whether the role focuses on lower school or middle school Spanish.
The middle school position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to ten to twelve students, and possible chaperoning duties, such as Outdoor Education week, school dances, and an eighth grade service trip to Nicaragua. The lower school position requires a full teaching load from ECC through grade four. Teachers are expected to help twice a week at recess and lunch.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
Woodland seeks a dynamic teacher who inspires students to learn Spanish and who works collaboratively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. Candidate must be US citizen or have a green card, be fluent, have a strong knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary, and have training in second language instruction. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and celebrating Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and should be committed to collaborating with colleagues. Candidates should have successful teaching experience in lower or middle school levels. Candidates should be comfortable using a blended approach based on ACTFL's standards and conducting classes exclusively in Spanish while incorporating a deep focus on cultural understandings.
Bachelor's degree in education or Spanish, a teaching certificate or credential or equivalent successful experience teaching in classroom settings. Advanced degree preferred but not required.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Collaborates well with colleagues of diverse backgrounds on pedagogical approaches, curricular alignment and instructional strategies.
Promotes the use of multiple methods in solving problems, identifying more efficient strategies and generalizing principles to a broad variety of applications.
Encourages collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning and to consider multiple perspectives when solving problems.
Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment and integrity.
Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.
Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check, LiveScan fingerprinting and TB screening.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. +
Frequently required to sit; occasionally required to stand and walk
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms
Frequently required to talk or hear
Occasionally required to bend, twist, or climb.
Moderate concentration/intensity, which includes prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks.
Average memory, taking into consideration the amount and type of information.
Moderate level of complexity for decision making. Average time pressure of decision making.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
How to Apply
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references. Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send to HR@woodland-school.org.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.