UPPER SCHOOL FRENCH TEACHER 2021-2022

Castilleja is a dynamic, diverse, and intentional educational community for students in grades 6-12 that believes in the power of women learning and women leading. Founded in 1907, Castilleja fulfills its mission to educate young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world.

The World Languages Department seeks an innovative, inclusive French teacher who understands that, in the increasingly interconnected world of the 21st century, competence in more than one language is essential for communicating with others, acquiring appropriate cultural understanding, and developing a global citizen’s perspective on world issues. To that effect, language teachers at Castilleja create a classroom culture where oral proficiency is expected of all students, planned for, nurtured, and encouraged. Teachers make full use of authentic resources and all modes of communication and see language as a cultural vehicle to develop a deep and complex understanding of the cultures of the French-speaking world. 

World language fluency at Castilleja does not stop at our classroom walls.  We have a commitment to active engagement with the communities that speak the languages students learn. The program has deep, interdisciplinary ties to our endowed Global Education Program. All Castilleja students learn about and travel to countries within the diaspora of the languages we teach. Programming in prior years has included middle school homestays in Annecy, work with community organizers in migrant communities in Paris, and, most recently, an extraordinary and long-term commitment to a partnership with a Muslim community in Dakar, Senegal.

Castilleja is a collaborative learning and working environment where we actively support one another’s professional growth and seek interdisciplinary opportunities. Specifically, the US French teacher reports to the World Languages Department Head but works closely with other Language teachers and more particularly French teachers and with grade level colleagues. The teacher will also collaborate with grade level colleagues to craft interdisciplinary student experiences and advise students. At Castilleja we know that students thrive when learning happens within and beyond classroom walls and when students actively witness engagement in the greater community by the adults in their lives. Faculty are invited to and supported as they connect with our global programs, advise student community engagement clubs and affinity/identity spaces, and inspire new ways to bring world languages alive on campus.  

Important commitments and qualifications for the Upper School French Teacher include:

• Building and sustaining authentic relationships based on mutual trust

• Creating and complementing curriculum that is responsive to students’ needs and identities

• Supporting a classroom culture of collaboration and community

• Demonstrating a commitment to antiracist values and pedagogy

• Understanding adolescent realities with compassion

• Incorporating various modes of teaching and assessing

• Supporting community-wide programming beyond the World Languages classroom

• Displaying an unabashed love of learning

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years’ classroom teaching experience required; at the high school level preferred; native or near-native fluency preferred

  • Undergraduate degree; Master’s Degree in French or teaching certification preferred

  • Proficiency with technology in and out of the classroom

  • Ability to pass state and federal background check, fingerprinting, and provide a recent negative TB screening

 If interested, please provide the completed application  resume, and cover letter to hr@castilleja.org. Indicate FRENCH in the subject field. Compensation is commensurate with experience. No recruiters please.

Teachers make full use of authentic resources and all modes of communication to develop a deep and nuanced understanding of the cultures of the French-speaking world.