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French Instructor

  • 28 Apr 2024 7:35 PM
    Message # 13349366

    Position: French Instructor

    Reports to:  Mónica Garcia-Gamero, Modern Language Chair

    Date Written: April 2024

    Status: Exempt (Salaried)

    Pay Scale: $60,000-$80,000

    Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, 

    805-684-4127 ext. 271


    Cate School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse community.  We seek applications from candidates who are eager to live among and teach young people from all over the world. A small co-educational boarding school on the Central Coast of California, Cate School offers a career opportunity for educators whose priorities and purposes mirror the four pillars of our mission statement--commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service.  

    Cate School is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination in the treatment of employees or applicants for employment without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender or gender identity.

    Job Description for French Teacher

    Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified French language teaching candidates. The position includes the teaching of five classes: French 1, French 2, French 3/3H, Adv French Language, and Post Advanced French.  Each week, classes meet three times for 65 minutes, teachers host office hours for one hour, and there are one-hour department and faculty meetings. As a boarding school, we have required programming on about a dozen Saturdays throughout the school year.

    In addition to instructing French, this role may include full residential engagement including residential duty on a dorm team and two co-curricular responsibilities. If housing is not an appropriate fit at this time, a “day faculty” role may also be an option. Day faculty members are also involved in Cate’s residential and co-curricular programs, though to a lesser extent than housed faculty members.

    Cate students, teachers, and parents have high expectations for teaching and learning. Consequently, we expect our teachers to...

    • Collaborate

      • work with course team teachers to deliver consistent, high-quality instruction 

      • participate in department, school, and parent meetings 

      • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs

    • Practice excellent teaching:

      • plan, prepare, and design activities that engage students in inquiry and facilitate active learning experiences

      • be knowledgeable of and incorporate national standards and best practices

      • identify and select differentiated instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs

      • guide and monitor student learning and growth through formative assessment and appropriate feedback

      • assign and grade class work, homework, tests, and assignments in a timely, fair, and consistent manner

      • maintain accurate and complete records of student's progress and development

      • participate in department and school meetings, parent meetings

      • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs

      • keep updated with developments in the subject area and with teaching resources and methods, make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities, and be willing to grow professionally and attend conferences

    • Continue to Learn

      • maintain a commitment to continuous professional growth through reflective practice, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs

      • stay up-to-date with curriculum standards, developments in education, teaching resources and methods, and incorporate new learning into teaching practices 

      • help advance the school’s objectives concerning the curricular integration of computational thinking

    • Demonstrate commitment to DEI work

      • foster a sense of belonging for each student in French 

      • practice inclusive teaching techniques for lesson planning, classroom instruction, assessment, and curriculum design.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Teach 5 classes, attend meetings, and hold office hours

    • Attend all school community events during the academic day 

    • If housing is provided,

      • advise 4-6 students

      • participate in dorm duty (or equivalent) 1-2 nights a week

    In terms of education and experience, applicants for this position will have:

    • minimally a BS or BA in French language

    • teaching experience in high school or college French language courses preferred

    • demonstrated facility with or ability to learn LMS (Schoology, Veracross, etc.)

    • demonstrated commitment to / love for working with teenagers as a role model, mentor, advisor

    • demonstrated commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth

    Key Competencies

    ·   self-motivation

    ·   high energy level

    ·   verbal and written communication skills

    ·   attention to detail

    ·   high work standards

    ·   problem-solving

    ·   decision making

    ·   organizing and planning

    ·   learning orientation

    ·   critical thinking

    ·   stress tolerance

    ·   flexibility and adaptability

    ·   initiative

    Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Mónica Garcia-Gamero and Annalee Salcedo

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