The Tomás de Berlanga School is always on the lookout for dedicated teachers who would find it rewarding to play an important role in educating young people to become champions of sustainability in one of the world’s most special places, The Galapagos Islands. Currently we are accepting applications for the position of a Language arts teacher for grades 8-12. The position would be responsible for teaching Language arts in grades 8 through 12th grade. The position is a 40-hour per week teaching position responsible for 30 class periods per week.
Length of Assignment: 2 years
To follow a flexible Language arts program and create a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with students; to motivate students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for elementary grade education in accordance with each student’s ability; to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members.
1) Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:
a. Teaches a language arts curriculum to native Spanish speakers.
b. Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.
c. Uses a variety of instruction strategies, such as inquiry, group discussion, lecture, discovery, etc.
d. Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
e. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
f. Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
g. Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students’ progress and interpret the school program.
h. Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
i. Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by professional growth activities.
j. Participates cooperatively with the appropriate coordinator.
k. Selects and requisitions books and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records.
l. Supervises students in and out-of-classroom activities during the school day.
m. Administers group standardized tests in accordance with a testing program.
n. Supervises the vertical alignment of the English curriculum.
o. Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities.
a. Native English speaker
b. Bachelor’s degree of related subject from accredited university.
c. A teaching certificate.
d. Experience is preferred but not necessary for hiring.
e. Bi-lingual English/Spanish is highly desirable, but not necessary.
About the Foundation and the School
The Scalesia Foundation was established in 1993 by community leaders in Galapagos who were concerned about the poor quality of education in the Islands and who believed that long-term protection of the archipelago will be possible only when local residents become champions for conservation and have the knowledge, skills, values and desire to pursue and lifestyles and livelihoods that are consistent with protecting the fragile Galapagos environment.
In 1994, foundation members established the TdB School to serve as an educational alternative for their children and a model for the rest of Galapagos. From the start, its educational philosophy was based on the pillars of critical thinking, experiential learning and bilingualism (English-Spanish), as well as the values of respect, responsibility, tolerance, and solidarity. The school opened with one classroom and 20 students and grew rapidly to reach its current student body of 190.
The TdB School is located in a rural setting, approximately 4 KM from the coastal town of Puerto Ayora on the Island of Santa Cruz (population 12,000). The wooded campus immerses students in nature as they learn. School infrastructure (classrooms and offices) is simple but functional. Internet connectivity is slow (as it is throughout Galapagos) and computer resources are limited. Classes range from 13 to 23 students with a target class size of 18. While the school is generally considered to be the best education option in the Islands, much needs to be done in order to achieve the levels of quality and impact to which it aspires. Five-year institutional goals include:
1. Assure that all staff understand and embrace the school’s educational approach and vision
2. Strengthen and align the pedagogical skills and practices of the teaching staff
3. Complete a transition to an English immersion program
4. Lay the groundwork (in terms of education quality, administrative practices, governance, and financial sustainability) necessary to seek international accreditation, and
5. Establish a sustainable financial model that will ensure that the school will be able to hire and retain excellent teachers and provide them with the resources necessary to provide a first-class education.
In addition to these goals for the School, the Scalesia Foundation is exploring the possibility of working with the Ministry of Education to launch an education outreach that would capitalize on the experience and of the TdB School and its staff.
The Scalesia Foundation and the TdB School are fortunate to be able to draw on the experience of outstanding educators from a variety of schools and universities outside of Galapagos, including: Southern Methodist University, University of Wisconsin -Whitewater, University of North Carolina, Stanford University, Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Colegio Menor de San Francisco de Quito, and the American School in Rio de Janeiro.
About life in Galapagos
The TdB School is an 8 minute taxi ride from the town of Puerto Ayora on the Island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos. Local mobilization is by foot, bike and taxi. Transportation between the four inhabited islands is possible by small ferries and light planes.
For the right individual, Galapagos is a wonderful place to live and work, with access to basic services (a bank, small supermarkets and restaurants and basic health services) and unequaled natural areas to visit. For some, however, the isolation of Galapagos (600 miles from mainland Ecuador) can represent an insurmountable barrier to personal satisfaction and professional success.
How to apply?
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Qualified candidates are invited to send a curricula vitae accompanied by a letter of interest by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates selected for further consideration should be prepared to send copies of diplomas, certificates and three letters of recommendation from former employers.