McDonogh School is seeking an energetic, intellectual, and caring individual to teach Upper School French. The optimal candidate is a teacher-coach capable of teaching introductory-level through Post-AP French-language learners, and is also able to teach Spanish on an as-needed basis.
Inspiring, engaging, and encouraging students in the study of French, creating a dynamic classroom with high expectations for both French language and culture
Willing to guide students in active and experiential language and cultural learning, including but not limited to, cooking, music and art
Exhibiting a strong desire for continuing professional growth as a World Language educator
Demonstrating creativity and authentic cultural experiences in unit and daily planning
Focusing on language proficiency and oral communication in all lessons
Teaching diverse learners through varied instructional strategies and approaches
Overtly supporting and acting in accordance with the school's mission
Exhibiting professional standards of presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion
Expressing a clear interest in becoming an active member of the McDonogh and independent school community by participating in school activities inside and outside of the World Language Department
Responding to the needs of the School, including, but not limited to, the advisory program, coaching, assigned supervision, and other areas as determined by the Upper School Head
Ability to teach other languages (Chinese/Latin/Spanish) desirable, with a priority for Spanish. Degree in French Language and/or Education and speak French fluently . Experience living, working, or studying in French-speaking Africa or the Carribean preferred. Master’s Degree (preferred, but not required).
A demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
Experience working in a student-centered learning environment, with practical experience with problem-based learning
Prior experience teaching French is preferred
Ability to both learn from and encourage continual growth in a highly motivated faculty
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion
Ability to work in a diverse environment and inclusive culture that values and respects difference across race, ethnicity, religion, and orientation or identity.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Exhibits a strong work ethic
Familiarity with independent schools and previous experience in an educational setting is preferred
Interest in maintaining and developing a French exchange program
Must be able to comply with background check, including finger prints, as required by the agency and / or state regulations.
Must possess personal qualifications as required, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.
Subject matter expertise required, preferably through Post-AP French
Upholds the School's mission and philosophy, and demonstrates the School's core character values
About McDonogh School
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships among and between students and teachers inspire a passion for learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide a life-altering opportunity to develop in its students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Founded in 1873 and situated on an 820-acre campus, McDonogh is a day and boarding institution that employs 330 faculty and staff; serves 1,370 students in grades PK-12; has a substantial operating budget and endowment; and just completed a $75 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland. Long been recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being highly innovative and "on the move."
McDonogh School strives to employ a faculty, administration, and staff exhibiting sound ethical standards and character traits such as moral courage and self-reliance, intellectual confidence ...and curiosity with a love of learning, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in a wide scope of educational, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
Members of the McDonogh community strive to have the highest of moral principles, and to exhibit cooperativeness, loyalty, open-mindedness, and sensitivity, as well as attention to physical, mental, and emotional health, growth, and well-being of self and others.