Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) is seeking a part-time Spanish teacher to teach a 2021-2022 middle school proficiency level curriculum with the possibility of some early childhood instruction as well. Bilingual Spanish/French would be a plus. Opportunities exist for future full-time status.
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400 students from age 2 through eighth grade. The School has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual needs.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a world language teacher who is eager to work in partnership with a dedicated faculty and a supportive community. The School is especially proud of its significant commitment to the teaching of three world languages: Spanish, French and Mandarin from early childhood through Grade 8.
Teaching Spanish grammar, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, and conversation
Exposing students to culture and history
Creating engaging lesson plans and activities
Providing individual help when needed
Grading homework and exams
Writing assessment reports
Communicating openly with parents and colleagues
Preparing 8th graders for high school placement in Spanish 2 or Spanish 2Honors.
Professional and Personal Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree in world language education a plus.
A passion for world language education in a strong, 21st-century educational program.
Near native fluency in written and verbal Spanish. Bilingual Spanish/French would be a plus.
Familiarity with effective language teaching methodologies.
Experience as a classroom teacher, especially in an elementary or middle school setting, is desirable.
Competent technology skills: Google docs, email, online textbook tools, Zoom, etc.
Adept communication skills, both as a writer and as a public speaker.
Flexibility in working and collaborating with others.
A growth mindset and an openness to feedback as the means of achieving personal and professional growth.
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references (personal statement optional) in PDF format to the attention of Andy Sperling, Head of Upper School, at email@example.com.
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.
About Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 30 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.
Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.