Spanish Teacher

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-time

Company Description

Hiring for '13-'14 School Year

The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) is a new charter high school that will serve 600 youth, grades 9 to 12 from Chicago communities, and pave the way for the next generation doctors, nurses, informatics professionals and bio-technicians.


IHSCA’s mission is to prepare students for success in competitive colleges and universities while simultaneously providing job readiness certifications in entry-level positions with higher wages at the healthcare sector. We envision our school as an intergenerational community education center with full integration and participation of faculty, students, staff, parents and partners in decisions that shape the school’s existence.

Job Description


The Spanish Teacher provides effective instruction to reinforce reading, writing, oral and listening skills for high school students following a curriculum for Spanish as a second language.  The Spanish Teacher will reach academic goals to improve students’ Spanish language abilities and at the same time integrate real world experiences in the context of health sciences.  The Spanish Teacher implements progressive literacy practices through class curriculum to prepare students to read and write at a college level. The Spanish Teacher will carry his/her responsibilities minding the wellbeing, academic and socio-emotional development of the student to make it conducive to his acceptance into college.  The Spanish Teacher will implement instruction practices to promote abilities of independent thinkers that utilize IHSCA values, mission and vision to execute assignments with bilingual skills.



Planning and Instruction

  • Actively works with department head and fellow department members to develop appropriate curriculum and lesson plans for 9th to 12th grade students.
  • Uses all resources made available by department head and actively seeks out new sources of material to share with other department members
  • Continually uses Best Practices to create a safe and inviting classroom environment that fosters both academic and social/emotional learning for all students
  • Works collaboratively with instructors of core subjects to identify multiple learning strategies in order to successfully teach students with varying learning styles most effectively and in an engaging manner.
  • Completes      IHSCA weekly lesson plans in a timely manner and makes adjustments as      recommended by department head and/or administration
  • Creates own lesson plans for all grades and courses being taught by      teacher
  • Uses Mastery Manager Data Analysis software in order to accurately      track student progress on both large scale standardized tests and      course-specific tests and quizzes
  • Designs projects that are rubric-based, rigorous, culturally      relevant and challenging for students


  • Ensures that all students including students with disabilities      receive appropriate accommodations/modifications as stipulated in the No      Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Students with Disabilities Act
  • Completes weekly lesson plans based on course Scope and Sequence in a timely manner and makes adjustments as recommended by department head and/or administration
  • Creates lesson plans and required classroom materials for Substitute Folder, updating as needed
  • Collaborates in a timely fashion with Special Education Department to create opportunities for co-teaching and positive whole group interactions with the SPED teacher in the General Education classroom, including scaffold and differentiated instruction for all students
  • Guides pupils to develop skills for writing essays and compositions according to state   standards
  • Provides scheduled office hours on a regular basis in order to assist students in need of extra help
  • Submits attendance into IMPACT system and to Registrar as stipulated by Registrar
  • Inputs grades in IMPACT on a timely basis
  • Completes all SPED paperwork in a timely fashion
  • Complies with all regulatory paperwork requirements in a timely fashion


Building School Culture:

  •  Participates in Teacher Parent Conferences to discuss student academic progress
  • Contacts parents via e-mail, phone or during Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss academic and behavioral issues as needed
  • Includes a school-wide focus on the social/cultural domain of learning and student experience, with an emphasis on incorporating Health Sciences-related materials into the classroom on a regular basis.
  • Works with academic advisors and the Office of Industry Liaison to generate and support extracurricular opportunities for students.
  • Supports the science components of school’s curriculum.
  • Sponsors and/or supports students’ extracurricular activities such as clubs and group activities
  • Demonstrates knowledge of school’s vision, mission and values
  • Follows all school-wide standards regarding teacher behaviors
  • Adheres to all electronic and web-based rules and regulations


Professional Educator and Leadership:

  • Identifies and participates in conferences, workshops and Professional Development sessions to keep up to date with the best teaching practices
  • Works collaboratively with instructors of core subjects to identify multiple learning strategies in order to successfully teach students with varying learning styles most effectively and in an engaging manner.
  • Uses reflective practices to assess personal and professional growth in order to seek out opportunities to continually advance professional knowledge and skill
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications, Experience/Education

  • Bachelor’s in Spanish
  • 3 years teaching experience in English at the secondary level 
  • Illinois State Teaching Certificate for secondary education
  • ICTS Basic Skills and Content Area tests successfully passed.
  • Experience with extra-curricular programs such as coaching sports, After School Matters, mentoring, etc. preferred     
  • Ability to maintain a high sense of confidentiality
  • Able to work with a wide variety of people
  • Team player and willing to take on multiple tasks at once and independent worker, requires minimal      supervision
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Above average “customer” service attitude
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Maintain composure under pressure.
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong project management skills, attention to detail and effective management of multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines, react to unpredictable events quickly and efficiently, be resourceful, manage conflict and challenges
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet


The above is intended to describe the general conditions of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities and requirements.

Additional Information

Submit cover letter with resume and salary expectations, a completed application (located at:, and any other information listed above as “additional attachments” when you apply.

Instituto del Progreso Latino is an equal opportunity employer