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Maternity Leave – 8th Grade Spanish Teacher and 8th grade Advisor

October 6, 2022

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become more than great students, but great people. 

 Overview of Position

This position is for an 8th Grade Spanish Teacher and 8th Grade Advisor, beginning in January 2023. This teacher will report to the Middle School Division Head and will work in close collaboration with the 8th grade team and the Spanish department. This is a full-time teaching position that will require someone to teach in-person and/or online classes. 


  • Teach 8th grade Spanish to approximately 58 students in multiple smaller groups (currently in person).
  • Attend collaboration and planning meetings with the Spanish department and take on leadership roles on occasion.
  • Conduct ongoing effective communication with a diverse group of parents and participate in parent-teacher conferences. 
  • Lead 8th grade advisory – oversee the overall well-being of a group of students, lead daily morning meetings, and communicate with families as needed.
  • Write narrative reports at the end of the year.
  • Serve on the 8th grade team, work collaboratively with team members, and take on leadership roles on occasion.
  • Participate in the 8th grade overnight student study trip to Yosemite (4 nights). 
  • Supervise advisees during afternoon study hall.
  • Teaching a weekly elective.
  • Collaborate with learning specialists to work with students with learning needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Appreciation for and desire to work with middle school students
  • Commitment to early adolescent education and social/emotional development
  • Knowledge of teaching Spanish language and cultures where Spanish is one of the languages used
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English, both written and verbal, with prospective and current parents and colleagues
  • Ability to deliver a dynamic curriculum that can differentiate for a range of learners through lessons, projects, games, and various activities
  • Knowledge of the essential role social-emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in the application of SEL within the educational setting 
  • Knowledge of identity-safe and anti-bias educational practices and the ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, take on leadership roles as needed, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students

In addition to the required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:

  • Bachelor of arts or science degree and/or professional coursework or certification, indicating training applicable to the responsibilities of the position
  • Knowledge of Comprehensible Input strategies and TPRS 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
  • Understanding of differentiated learning techniques
  • A nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective

School-Wide Duties

Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of middle school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, recess duties, etc.


The salary is competitive. Benefits included.

How to Apply

Email a resume, a one-page cover letter, and a list of three references with contact information to:

Nathan Tanaka, Middle School Division Head
Email: (include “ Maternity Leave – 8th Grade Spanish Teacher” in the subject line)

Prospect Sierra School is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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