7th & 8th Grade Latin Teacher and Advisor (Full Time)
Town School for Boys seeks a full-time 7th and 8th grade Latin Teacher and Advisor for the 2022-2023 academic year. Latin classes are taught in sections of approximately 24 students. The grade level advisories are sized at 12. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching experience, enjoy working with boys in middle school, and have a deep respect for the intellectual and social-emotional development of boys. A credential or master’s degree is preferred.
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
This exciting opportunity involves working closely with other members of our Language Department, Humanities Department, grade level team members, as well as the Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, and the Upper School Head. Candidates should be comfortable integrating different technology tools to enhance instruction. Collaboration with other departments, librarians, and educational technologists is expected. Instructional approaches and course content are differentiated to suit a range of learning styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The successful applicant will lead daily morning meetings, support students during study hall, supervise during snack, and facilitate student-led parent conferences in the fall and spring. In addition, the Latin teacher administers the National Latin Exam each spring to 7th and 8th graders. Strong communication skills are essential as faculty are expected to communicate regularly with other team members and parents about student progress. Homework and other pertinent class information are posted online. School-wide responsibilities include recess and lunch supervision, and grade level and faculty meetings. Other responsibilities include committee work, chaperoning outdoor education/field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching experience, a deep knowledge of the Latin language, pedagogy, a passion for working with middle school students, and a demonstrated commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning. Candidates should have experience with project-based learning, incorporate inquiry-based instruction and enjoy collaborating with team members. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Instruction should be engaging for all students in class as well as provide strong preparation for students to place well in secondary school Latin if they continue with the language. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. We hope to find a candidate with the skills and imagination to connect the Latin language to the boys’ lives, and a candidate who values shepherding boys through the emotional ups and downs of their middle school years.
When schools were forced to close their physical doors in the spring of 2020, Town quickly and successfully pivoted to online learning, supported by thorough planning and a nimble team of faculty, administration and Board members. In the fall of 2020, Town was the second school in the city of San Francisco to be granted permission to reopen, taking exceptional caution to protect the safety of faculty and students. Since October 2020, we have welcomed all grades in the building five days a week. The 2021-22 school year is held in person with Covid protocols following the SF Department of Health Guidelines. As of March 2022, masks are optional at Town. All adult employees of Town School for Boys are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Town School for Boys Mission
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
Town School Values:
Respect: We respect ourselves and others.
We treat others the way they want to be treated.
We practice good listening, compassion and empathy.
Curiosity: We are curious.
We ask questions, think critically and solve problems.
We seek opportunities to reach our highest potential.
Belonging: We all belong.
We embrace and celebrate each of our unique stories and experiences.
We seek to ensure that every member of our community feels an equal sense of inclusion.
Integrity: We act with integrity.
We have the courage to do the right thing even when nobody else is watching.
We always try our best and when we fail, we try again.
Joy: We are joyful.
We make space for play, fun and laughter.
We know joy can be found in hard work, risk-taking and perseverance.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with similar-sized NAIS schools.
To learn more about our faculty culture and community in general, please visit our Employment page.