Esperanza Academy, an independent middle school for girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts, seeks a creative, highly motivated lead Spanish teacher who can engage and inspire students who have a wide range of strengths and areas of growth. The teacher should have a clear understanding of the content area’s scope and sequence and have a personal love for real-world, hands-on, problem-based instruction to invoke critical thinking skills of the students creating a relevant yet rigorous standard in the classroom.
At Esperanza Academy, teachers form the backbone of our community. The relationships that teachers build with students, parents, fellow faculty members, and administrators are the central factor in our students’ success. Esperanza Academy commits to invest in its teachers’ professional, emotional, and spiritual well-being, just as it expects teachers to invest in the academic, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our students.
ABOUT ESPERANZA ACADEMY: At Esperanza Academy, we are fortunate to serve our students, their families, and the community of Lawrence. We are a tuition-free independent middle school with a 12-year commitment to our students because we believe that everyone deserves the right to high-quality, independent school education. Our school is a revolutionary antidote to racism; as an academic community, we emphasize racial and cultural identity affirmation, love of community, and restorative justice. By creating a culture of achievement in which academic success and self-discovery are paramount, we protect and nurture the innate confidence that each of our girls possesses. We accomplish this by being a restorative justice school that believes that relationships must come first. We believe that it is critical to center our families’ lived experiences and cultural backgrounds and create a program that honors each of our students and the depth of beauty in their cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades Spanish to primarily native speakers with an innovative and rigorous curriculum
Effectively lead a classroom of students with diverse social-emotional needs using a Restorative Justice approach.
Provide student-centered instruction, mainly through collaborative language-acquisition pedagogy, and principles of Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Create, communicate, and hold students accountable in an environment of “high challenge, high support, high joy” with learning goals aligned with success in advanced high school and college Spanish courses
Develop a four-year, challenging, and culturally rich curriculum in collaboration with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Use principles of Grading for Equity and standards-based grading to provide students and their families with effective feedback about their learning
Creatively use technology in the classroom.
Help build a “culture of Spanish” and bilingualism throughout school life
Pursue professional development and incorporate new research-based strategies in Spanish education and language acquisition pedagogy into the classroom
Collaborate and plan with teachers and administrators to support student learning and wellbeing
Serve as an advisor for a grade of students.
Participate in our extended-day program as a mentor
Communicate in a timely and professional manner with all community stakeholders
Maintain an active presence and participate fully in campus life
COMPENSATION: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, and a comprehensive professional development program. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks are provided by our executive chef.
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter specifically detailing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to Mr. Jadi Taveras, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Discrimination Policy: Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A bachelor’s degree in Spanish, foreign language education, or relevant field
3+ years Spanish teaching experience, preferably with middle-school students
Significant experience in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and/or abroad
Openness to the role of spirituality in education
Positive references from current and former supervisors
Strong personal commitment to our school values
About Esperanza Academy
ABOUT ESPERANZA ACADEMY: Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school in the Episcopal tradition where 60 underserved girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts are welcomed into an empowering learning community. Founded in 2006, Esperanza offers its students a transformative education that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with cocurricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural-enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education. This holistic educational approach has accrued a remarkable track record: Our graduates attend 23 different secondary schools—more than two thirds of each graduating class has earned full scholarships to independent and boarding schools— and boast a 100 percent high-school graduation rate. Eighty percent of eligible Esperanza graduates are also enrolled in college.
SCHOOL’S VISION: We are committed to instilling in our students the core values of wisdom, integrity, leadership, and service. We are committed to helping our students, their families, and the city of Lawrence end the cycle of poverty.
SCHOOL’S MISSION: ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal ...tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
• A holistic educational curriculum that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with cocurricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural-enrichment, social skills, spirituality, and outdoor education.
• A 9-hour extended school day and 11-month extended school year
• A less than 8:1 student to teacher ratio in a nurturing, supportive community
• A graduate support program that encourages, supports, and bolsters graduates through high school and college
OUR STUDENTS: Esperanza Academy serves 60 middle school girls, who are 95 percent Latina and 91 percent have learned English as a second language. 100 percent of incoming students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. While Esperanza is a school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, 90 percent of our students come from other religious traditions.