Full-Time Teaching Position Beginning August 2023
Peoria Academy (PA), is an independent, coeducational, progressive PK-8 school founded in 2000 in Peoria Illinois. PA is in the process of being authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are implementing both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in PK-5 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 6-8. The Spanish teacher will have the opportunity to be involved in furthering our approach to language learning during an exciting and dynamic time in Peoria Academy’s history.
At Peoria Academy, learning an additional language increases students’ cultural competence in becoming more
internationally-minded as global citizens. Starting in Pre-Kindergarten, students receive instruction in an interactive
approach to Spanish. Upon transitioning into middle school in Grade 6, students continue their language learning in
Spanish with emphasis on increased interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive communication proficiency via
expanded exposure to varied vocabulary and grammatical structures in multiple contexts. Language learners develop
the tools needed to become effective communicators. International understanding, cultural awareness, and historical
knowledge are enhanced through cultural readings and by studying the daily life (products, practices, perspectives) of
Spanish-speaking people around the world.
The Spanish teacher works in close collaboration with other faculty and is responsible for delivering a strong program of
instruction that is aligned with both the PYP and MYP. In addition to teaching duties, faculty are expected to participate
in the life of an independent school, exhibit a growth mindset, actively seek to collaborate, integrate technology into
instruction, understand child development, and serve as positive ambassadors for Peoria Academy and its students.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
Under the general supervision of the Principal, the Spanish teacher provides students in grades Pk-8 with appropriate
learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social
growth. The Spanish teacher works in close collaboration with other faculty and is responsible for delivering a strong
program of instruction that is aligned with both PYP and MYP. In addition to teaching duties, faculty are expected to
participate in the life of an independent school, exhibit a growth mindset, actively collaborate, integrate technology into
instruction, and serve as positive ambassadors for PA and its students.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university; graduate degree is desirable
Must be legally able to work in the United States
Completion of the state-required fingerprinting and criminal background check is required
Demonstrated competency in Spanish
IB experience is desirable
2+ years of experience as a classroom teacher; strong candidates with less experience may be considered.
Knowledge of child development
Maturity, presence, and sense of humor
A strong personal drive for excellence and dedication to life-long learning
TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and a list of three
professional references with contact information to Marissa Draney, PYP Coordinator, Peoria Academy email@example.com