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PYP LEAD TEACHER BILINGUAL - SPANISH/ENGLISH - USA

START DATE: 29 JULY 2024

CLOSING DATE: UNTIL FILLED


Magellan International School is a unique school in Austin and the nation. We are one of just four independent schools in the US to offer International Baccalaureate programming from Preschool - High School in a Spanish immersion setting, in addition to a flexible language program for students in grade 6 and above.


We are in an exciting growth period which includes the move to a brand-new 14-acre campus this past fall and the opening of a high school in fall 2024. We are an open-minded and inclusive community and we invite you to learn more about us at www.magellanschool.org.


More about Magellan:


  • We were founded in 2009 by a bilingual NASA aerospace engineer

  • Today we are home to 580 students in Preschool - 8th Grade (High School opening fall 2024)

  • 70% of our faculty join us from outside the US

  • 60% of our families identify as diverse.

  • We value innovation and design thinking

  • We strive to live the IB Learner Attributes in all that we do



Description of Position:


The Bilingual Lead Teacher will work in our Primary School (Kindergarten - 5th Grade). Teachers are responsible for creating a progressive learning environment where students can demonstrate thoughtful and ethical behavior and ensure that the values and principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile are at the heart of learning and relationships in the school. The Bilingual Lead Teacher will support the personal and academic development of students in the classroom and contribute to extracurricular, community, and service activities.  

 


Essential Functions:


  • Plan and teach lessons following the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP curriculum) that differentiate for individual student needs and support students.

  • Regularly meet and collaborate with the Teaching Assistant to plan activities and Units of Inquiry.

  • Use a wide range of technologies and creative teaching styles.

  • Regularly contribute to curriculum planning and development, including interdisciplinary units of work and the development of transdisciplinary skills.

  • Plan with colleagues to deliver effective team teaching when possible.

  • Attend regular curriculum planning and student progress meetings.

  • Communicate students' progress toward achieving academic character development goals.



Essential Functions As They Relate To:


Students:


  • Promote high standards and expectations for all students for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.

  • Improve student performance and results.

  • Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession.

  • Ensure that the instructional programs engage the learner in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. 

  • Address the range of skills and developmental needs found in the classroom

  • Encourage students to define individual goals.

  • Maintain a safe and creative environment for their students.

  • Plan educational field trips for the Unit of Inquiry.

  • Create a full Spanish immersion environment.


Faculty:


  • Support teachers and co-workers.

  • Attend all staff/ faculty meetings.

  • Meet with the Primary Years Programme Coordinator to review curriculum plans and activities and evaluate the program's effectiveness. 

  • Administration

  • Maintain records on each child's progress and development.

  • Provide day-to-day support to Teaching Assistants, substitutes, and parent volunteers, which includes sharing daily program plans and discussing goals for children.

  • Keep up-to-date records of attendance, curriculum, assessment tasks in Toddle database.

  • Monitor students at break times, lunch times, and other times as required.



Parents:


  • Communicate professionally and effectively to parents about student progress. 

  • Work with Room Parents in planning and participating activities.

  • Conduct individual parent conferences at the end of each term.

  • Establish a positive relationship with each student's family.

  • Make presentations to parents as needed.

  • Attend parent meetings when required.

  • Communicate and collaborate with parents of high needs students. 



External Community:


  • Curate local community offerings and communicate opportunities to the school community.

  • Promote the Magellan International School mission.

  • Create and maintain connections with relevant community resources.



Other Duties:

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice and at the discretion of the Head of School.


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Psychology, or related field required; or Bachelor’s Degree in unrelated field with Elementary Educator Certification.

  • Experience working with elementary age students in a classroom setting.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.

  • Experience in integrating information technology with teaching.

  • Demonstrated excellent leadership and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and program evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment. 

  • Ability to create a stimulating classroom environment.

  • Ability to utilize the local context and environment to enhance learning.

  • Ability to work with parents. 



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or training in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP).

  • Experience working with project based learning.



Personal Attributes and Skills:


  • Dynamic, empathetic communicator.

  • Child focused - warm, caring, and supportive.

  • Passion for teaching and learning.

  • Flexibility and willingness to work with teams.

  • Desire to be part of a growing school by committing to its vision and mission.



Work Environment:


This job operates in a professional office as well as a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This position requires lifting, bending, standing, and stooping.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work. “Core” work hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Availability during occasional night and weekend events.


Travel:

Some out-of-area travel may be expected, but is not common.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications:


A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position, to include fingerprinting at the expense of the applicant, if no record exists for the applicant in the Texas Department of Public Services database. CPR/First Aid and Texas Food Handler Certification will also be required for any employees working with students, fees which will be paid by Magellan or reimbursed upon completion of the required training.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance:


If hired, employee will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the school.

 

AAP/EEO Statement:


Magellan International School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetics, or status as a Veteran. In addition to federal law requirements, the Magellan International School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Package:


Salary for each position is based on an individual’s teaching experience. All employees of Magellan receive the following competitive benefits including three health plans to choose from with the employee’s health insurance paid 100% by the school, paid dental and vision plans, paid life insurance, paid short-term disability insurance, paid School Holidays, paid time off, up to a 50% tuition discount for employee’s children, professional development opportunities, and an inclusive work environment. Additional insurance is also available. International employees also receive the following additional benefits including round-trip airline tickets for a hired teacher and their dependents to come to the USA and to return home, a $5,000 (US) moving allowance, and one week of hotel accommodations upon arrival.


Application e-mail address: Please apply on the school’s website.


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