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Upper School Spanish Teacher and Advisor

Upper School Spanish Teacher and Advisor


Carolina Friends School (CFS) is seeking a full-time Upper School teacher and advisor to join our staff for the fall of 2024. The teacher will join an Upper School team committed to continually developing a rigorous, student-centered, and mission-driven curriculum. The position will be centered in the Modern Languages department, but opportunities exist to teach electives in other areas, as determined by the school’s needs and the teacher’s areas of expertise and interest. CFS offers teachers an opportunity to engage with students in and out of the classroom, and utilizes a narrative-based approach to student evaluation instead of letter or number grades.
Teachers at CFS enjoy a school community committed to a pedagogy rooted in Quaker thought and practice. We strive to collaborate toward the realization of every child’s highest potential in the classroom, community, and wider world.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching 5 class sections in the Upper School, likely at least 4 in Spanish 
  • Strong candidates will be able to teach Spanish from beginning Spanish I through Advanced Spanish (5th level), a literacy and discourse-based course
  • Leading an advisee group of approximately 10-12 students
  • Participating in weekly staff meetings
  • Participating in at least one school-wide committee and, for the first 2 years of employment, an extensive orientation and mentoring program
  • Participating in the Upper School’s End of Year program, which might include travel

Strong candidates will:    

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to teaching high school Spanish. An advanced degree in either Spanish or Education is preferred
  • Demonstrate  an Advanced Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the Spanish language
  • Have experience teaching Spanish and implementing universal teaching strategies to engage a variety of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate a familiarity and comfort with a variety of pedagogical practices
  • Demonstrate the cultural competence necessary to lead trips to  Spanish-speaking countries
  • Enjoy working with, mentoring, and supporting teenagers in a wide variety of ways.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work collaboratively on curriculum development and pedagogical approaches.
  • Demonstrate an affinity for and interest in the Quaker values as embodied in the CFS community.
  • Demonstrate commitment to understanding and exploring how power and inequality, influenced by factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, neurodivergence, and different physical abilities, impact our students, families, and colleagues 
  • Understand the primacy of relationships in teaching adolescents, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of partnering with parents in the lives of children
  • Possess diverse pedagogical tools and methods suited for a wide range of student learning needs
  • Have a desire to integrate technology into the curriculum, and have the ability to utilize a variety of electronic communication platforms including Learning Management Systems
  • Possess a commitment to continuous professional growth and an enthusiasm for a learning community
  • Be flexible in the face of the varied and changing needs of the upper school and the school as a whole 

Who We Are:

The Upper School at CFS strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and can help create a safe place for the exploration of themselves and the world. Students and teachers address one another without titles as an expression of the equality we see in one another.  We believe that a child’s secondary education experience should challenge them to develop the critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills that not only prepare students for life beyond graduation, but also for participation in the world as active agents right now. We require students to have a wide variety of curricular experiences, from traditional academic requirements to extensive work in the arts and community service. Upper School students are asked to see themselves as stewards of the whole community.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • List of 3 references, along with contact information

Please complete all these documents into one complete packet and submit to  Please indicate Upper School Spanish Teacher in the email subject line.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS job openings page.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.