Spanish as a New Language

Blaine County School District No. 61 South Central / Twin Falls Elementary Primary Full Time Posted 1Y ago

About this job

TITLE: Spanish as a New Language Elementary Teacher
PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule
FLSA: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Building Principal
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Principal's designated schedule. School Principal will designate or approve all additional days beyond the currently scheduled days needed throughout the school year.

To create a comprehensive language development program and a school wide learning environment favorable to Dual Language Learners; to establish effective rapport with students, parents and colleagues; to inspire, engage, educate and empower students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to meet language & academic standards.

Possess a bachelor's degree or higher. Hold a valid Idaho Standard Instructional Teaching Certificate endorsed for All Subjects K-8, or World Language K-12 or World Language - Spanish K-12. Spanish Language proficiency required. Finalist will be expected to complete a Spanish proficiency exam.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
* Assists the school in creating, implementing, and maintaining Dual Language Development programs that provide academically rigorous and equitable learning opportunities for Spanish Language Learners.
* Work with building administration and classroom teachers and other school staff to provide support and strategies for meeting the needs of Dual Language Learners.
* Plans and co-teaches with assigned teaching partners in the locations and at the times designated.
* Provide professional learning opportunities for/with colleagues to build collective capacity around language acquisition and academic performance.
* Supports the development of Spanish Language and literacy to students with limited Spanish proficiency, utilizing courses of study adopted by the Board of Education and other appropriate learning activities.
* Individualizes and adapts educational processes and procedures to enhance student educational opportunities, including actively pursuing alternative solutions to improve student learning, i.e. providing individual, small group, or remedial instruction.
* Selects and requisitions instructional aids and equipment appropriate to the interest and maturity level of students, maintains required inventory records, and makes purchases as authorized.
* Encourages good citizenship and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment.
* Reviews, analyzes, evaluates, and reports student academic, social, and emotional growth. Keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports including Language Learning plans.
* Pursues a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing students, including lectures, demonstrations, discussions, group learning, interdisciplinary projects and laboratory experiences.
* Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the history, background, and assessment of students in designing instructional programs to meet individual educational needs.
* Administer, score and interpret assessments within the language development program.
* Counsels, confers, and communicates with parents, school, and District personnel regarding student progress, and the implementation of the educational program.
* Performs a variety of non-instructional duties, including participation in curriculum and instructional development, committees, supervision of students, participation in student activities, and consultation/collaboration with colleagues.
* Assists in coordinating intercultural activities/events.
* Demonstrates experience and implements methodologies appropriate for second language learners.
* Plans and coordinates the work of teaching assistant, parents, and volunteers in the classroom and on field trips.
* Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning through the proper control of heating, lighting, and ventilation, and the utilization of exhibits, displays, and arrangement of seats, desks and study areas.

Knowledge of current educational research and best practices in meeting the needs of Spanish Language Learners. Knowledge of child development at the elementary level. Knowledge of the academic and language acquisition and development as well as K-5 curriculum. Knowledge of learning styles and skills in using varied teaching methods to address student learning styles. Basic understanding and knowledge of current technology. Skills in oral and written communication with students, parents and others. Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness. Ability to assess levels of student achievement effectively, analyze test results and prescribe actions for improvement. Ability to maintain appropriate student supervision so that students have a safe and orderly environment in which to learn. Ability to collaborate effectively with peers, administrators and others. Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other persons within a small work unit; and tracking budget expenditures.

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 35% sitting, 30% walking, and 35% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment.

Education required

Bachelor's degree


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Blaine County School District No. 61 is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.