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Spanish Teacher

Website The Meridian School

Specialist Faculty (0.75 FTE) (2024-2025 Academic Year)
Base Pay$52,815.00 – $84,600.00 / Year.

Who we are:

An independent pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade school, The Meridian School is located in a grand, century-old building nestled in verdant 6.5-acre Meridian Park in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The school cultivates a balance of mind and heart to nurture caring and confident learners prepared to thrive in and contribute to their local and global communities. Education at Meridian is much more than lessons in the classroom or problem solving on Smart Boards. It’s about life. Meridian is a place where the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning. By integrating curriculum, citizenship, and community, the school provides the foundation for well-rounded students.

At the core of Meridian’s philosophy is the relationship between teachers and students. Small classes ensure that students thrive; children feel known, and safe both intellectually and emotionally. The intimate learning environment affords rich opportunities for cooperative and interactive experiences – we believe that student participation and personal choice lead to a powerful investment in and passion for learning. The curriculum promotes integration across subjects, connected to thinking, and real-world application. The school’s inclusive community supports all learners and encourages active listening to different viewpoints and opinions. Learning how to solve problems and make good choices are a priority, as is respect for oneself, others, and the environment.

Meridian prompts diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum, connecting awareness to actions, and celebrating the contribution of the individual community. We believe that the challenges in our world require culturally-competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active global citizens; that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to an education that balances the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of children; and, that a school community and learning environment that is inclusive and diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.

Job Summary: 

Under minimal supervision, provides an exceptional classroom experience for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 5th delivering a high quality integrated curriculum that is aligned with the school’s values in order to foster and develop love of language learning and appreciation of cultures.

Specific Responsibilities:

Creates a classroom environment and curricular plan that fosters, promotes, and develops  love of language learning and appreciation of different cultures.
Exemplifies best instructional practices to deliver a high-quality language curriculum
Demonstrates best instructional practices to deliver a high-quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum to students
Develops, maintains, and revises curriculum maps in subject specific content areas that are aligned to the School’s standard
Designs and delivers differentiated instruction using appropriate strategies, including Universal Design for Learning
Assesses the academic and social-emotional needs of students in collaboration with colleagues and Assistant Head of School
Actively creates and maintains a well-managed, positive classroom environment that supports student engagement and motivation
Actively participates in faculty work aligned with the strategic plan
Has a commitment to ongoing cultural competence professional development that includes anti-bias and anti-racist education and has the motivation to put these skills into practice
Understands and supports the school’s mission through professional conduct and actions which demonstrate the core values and philosophy of the organization
Initiates growth and change in own intellectual and professional development, seeking out feedback and other opportunities to learn
Attends community meetings, curriculum meetings, and in-service days
Writes student evaluations according to the school year calendar and as assigned by the Assistant Head of School
Supports our “open door” policy with parents, colleagues, and students
Participates in Curriculum Night, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Open House, and other stewardship opportunities as assigned by the Head of School
Writes newsletters updates as needed and openly communicates with families in formal and informal ways
Supports duty and teacher planning coverage as needed, including, but not limited to, morning meetings, lunch, recess, and dismissal
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all the School’s constituencies
Actively participates in the full life of the school
Vigorously engages in professional development; demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning by enhancing their skills, and embracing innovative technologies and creative thinking
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities.
Performs other duties as assigned

Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university required
Teaching certification and/or Master’s in Education or related subject/field preferred
Minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience
Fluency in Spanish required
Experience working with elementary school-aged children

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Proficient technology skills and the knowledge and ability to integrate technology into the curriculum
Must have a valid WA driver’s license and be willing to drive Meridian vehicles for work-related tasks
Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills
Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
Ability to keep information in the strictest of confidence
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows 10 environment, using Office (version 2013 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to attend overnight experiential learning trips
Ability to stand, go up and down stairs frequently, crouch
Ability to sit on floor or small chairs for extended periods of time
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, interact with students, and move around the classroom
Ability to work outside in any type of weather
Ability to travel locally (for field trips)

If this sounds like you, please click on Apply for Job, complete our online employment application, and upload your resume and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and in The Meridian School.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Meridian we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

The Meridian School is an equal opportunity employer. This means we do not discriminate in employment decisions or policies in violation of law on the basis of any legally protected status, including race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age (over 40), marital status, physical or mental disability, use of a trained service animal, gender identity, sexual orientation, political ideology, HIV status, and veteran status. Our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, reduction in force, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment. This policy applies to admissions and administration of all of its programs, as well as to all areas of employment.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is competitive with independent schools in the Seattle area and based on our faculty salary scale and prorated based on 0.75 FTE. The annualized salary range is between $52,815 – $84,600, depending on years of teaching experience and education.

The Meridian School offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package intended to support and promote the health and well-being, work/life balance, and financial security of our full-time (32+ hours/week) faculty, staff, and their families:

Medical/Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Contribution
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Life/AD&D Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Section 125 Health and Daycare Spending Accounts
Voluntary Short-Term Disability, Supplemental Dental and/or Vision, Cancer/Specified Disease, Critical Illness, and Hospital Confinement Insurance
School breaks that follow the academic calendar
Paid Time-Off for holidays, sick leave, personal leave, jury/witness duty leave, and bereavement leave
Professional Development

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