Middle School Spanish Teacher [2018-2019 SY]

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



500 19th Street
New York
United States


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
  • 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.


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

How To Apply


Apply Directly through our Career Page: https://bugsbrooklyn.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=61