*Immediate Hire* - Middle School Spanish Teacher

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Full Time



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500 19th Street
New York
United States


**Immediate Hire**

The Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS), a small, independent, progressive charter school in South Slope/Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn is looking for a Spanish Teacher.


BUGS educators are passionate and creative teachers, collaborative colleagues, and engaged community members who believe in our mission to provide a hands-on, interdisciplinary education to young adolescents of all abilities and backgrounds, with a focus on real-world problem solving and the exploration of environmental sustainability. 


At BUGS, we value and respect teachers as educators, professionals, and individuals. As a growing faculty and community, we offer many opportunities for innovation, professional growth, and teacher leadership. We feature a strong, supportive community of learners, an active parent-teacher organization, and a positive student and staff culture.


BUGS Team Members are:

  • Passionate about their content areas
  • Dedicated to regularly assessing students and using the results to modify instruction
  • Models of sustainability
  • Able to empower adolescents to find their voice and take charge of their learning
  • Collaborative with colleagues, students and families
  • Innovative self-starters who contribute to the good of a diverse community
  • Committed to coaching adolescents in interpersonal skills and making good choices
  • Passionate about getting students outdoors
  • Reflective and open-minded


Our teachers are responsible for teaching subject-area courses in the context of an interdisciplinary, sustainability-focused curriculum. Teachers are supported in using project-based methodology and designing on-going fieldwork to enrich the units of study.


Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge and passion of the Spanish language along with Hispanic history and culture
  • Knowledge of NY Spanish assessments and curriculum
  • New York State Teaching certification, highly preferred
  • Two years of teaching experience, highly preferred
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
  • Desire to work in a heterogeneous classroom with a range of ability levels and students of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Commitment to collaboration, sustainability, continuous professional growth, and student achievement
  • Preference given to candidates who have experience working with young adolescents


Teacher Commitments:

  • Be an active participant to grow the school in a spirit that balances innovation with best practice.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to design and implement common-core aligned curriculum and assessments and sustainability projects.
  • Use diverse student data to design differentiated instruction to ensure that all students meet rigorous goals including English Language Learners and students with special needs.
  • Integrate the explicit teaching of sustainability, reading comprehension, and original writing into all units of study across all content areas.
  • Implement school-wide behavior systems that consider adolescent development including bi-monthly celebrations, logical consequences, restorative justice, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Integrate technology into classroom activities, including the maintenance of course-related resources, online grade books and collaboration tools.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, students and families to design, implement and monitor support plans (behavior and academic interventions for individual students) through an online tracking system.
  • Commit to lead activities that enrich, enhance and facilitate the academic and social goals of BUGS, including gardening and monthly field study outside of the building.
  • Commit to serve as an advisor to 10-15 students. Advisors will serve as the advocate for students and support them with meeting their individual goals including the high school application process. 
  • Commit to providing individual and small group research-based interventions.


In addition to an interview, teacher candidates will present a teaching portfolio, which includes classroom assessments and rubrics, evidence of philosophy of education, evidence of curriculum planning such as course outline and lesson plans, and any teaching artifacts throughout their teaching career. Teaching artifacts may include student work, images of student work, learning environment and presentations, and evidence of teacher collaboration and/or leadership. Interview activities may include role plays, demo lessons, data analysis, and on-demand writing.


BUGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff. BUGS strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Knowledge and passion of the Spanish language along with Hispanic history and culture
  • Knowledge of NY Spanish assessments and curriculum

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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