PT Spanish @ Friends School, St. Paul

08 May 2012 6:15 PM | Anonymous

Position Opening:  Spanish Teacher  (.5 - .6 FTE) 

  

Description:   

Friends School of Minnesota (FSM) offers a rich K-8 program where in-depth academic studies are 

supported by peaceful forms of conflict resolution. In the tradition of more than 80 Quaker Friends 

schools across the United States, Friends School of Minnesota meets children’s intellectual, 

emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness.   

  

FSM’s academic program is guided by the principles of progressive education. We believe that 

children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers within a community. 

Teachers incorporate student’s questions and emerging ideas into project-oriented, 

interdisciplinary units that lead to student investigations and demonstrations of understanding.   

  

There are currently 168 students and 14 faculty with five lower school (K-4) classrooms. Middle 

school consists of 5th through 8th grades. All classes except kindergarten are mixed-age, providing 

students with broad social and academic opportunities, and allowing cooperative learning to 

flourish. Lower School class sizes range from 16-18 students, and middle school classes are 

approximately 20 students. 

 

Spanish at FSM is taught two to three times per week to lower school students, for 30 minute 

periods, and three times a week to middle school in 45 minute periods. We follow ACTFL guidelines 

and goals. Lower school Spanish objectives are related primarily to developing an ear for Spanish, 

learning words and phrases through games, song, and projects, and increasing awareness of the 

Spanish-speaking world. In middle school, students begin to learn more about the structure of 

Spanish and how to use it to communicate effectively in the present, past, and future tenses. 

Meaningful interaction with the Spanish-speaking world is built into middle school projects.  

Please see our website (www.fsmn.org) for more information about our school and curriculum. 

 Requirements:  

 Deep understanding of and commitment to progressive education and Quaker values  

 Understanding and appreciation of the cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages 

and needs of K-8th grade age students.  

 Spanish teaching experience. 

 Experience with and commitment to collaborating with colleagues.   

 Experience in ongoing assessment of student progress using a variety of different means.  

 Strong communication and organizational skills  

 Fluency in Spanish 

 

Preferred:  

 Foreign Language certification    

 Advanced degree in education  

 Experience teaching in mixed-age, mixed-ability classroom setting  

 Experience with conflict resolution and mediation  

 

Salary:    

  • $15,000-30,000 depending on experience, with pro-rated benefits

 

To apply, submit the following:   

1. Completed application form (on website)  

2. Resume  

3. A one to three page statement of your educational philosophy  

4. Three letters of reference (at least one from a supervisor from the last two years)  

  

Send all materials by email to: 

 Lili Herbert, Head of School, at head@fsmn.org 

 

Applications due by Monday, June 4, 2012  


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Lili Herbert
Head of School

Friends School of Minnesota     
1365 Englewood Avenue       
Saint Paul, MN 55104
651-917-0636; www.fsmn.org

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