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Applying for Position:
ENGLISH TEACHER

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

CalWest's client school in the greater Los Angeles area, seeks an experienced educator to join our English Department. The English Department is looking for a dynamic, innovative teacher to join our collaborative team. The successful candidate will have experience with collaborative curriculum design--ideally with a critical knowledge of Understanding by Design--as well as teaching experience at both the middle and upper school levels. Teaching responsibilities will include five sections with at least two preparations. 

In the English Department, students and teachers work together to deepen skills and understandings in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We read a variety of challenging texts to promote critical thinking and stimulate reflection, including prose—both fiction and nonfiction—poetry, and drama. In partnership with reading texts closely and writing across a range of genres, students cultivate increasingly dynamic rhetorical skills, particularly as discussion participants. Courses support and challenge students to better understand their own learning processes and to acquire increasingly sophisticated strategies as learners. Teachers should be able to teach grades 7-12.  

Summary of Major Responsibilities

  • Teach five sections of English, predominantly in the upper school
  • Design and coordinate curriculum with other members of the department and liaise with other departments
  • Monitor and evaluate students’ progress, prepare for parent conferences, craft narrative feedback for students, etc.
  • Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research, and topics of importance in language arts education by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis
  • Participate in regular, purposeful pedagogy meetings and in professional development sessions
  • Participate actively in the life of the school, through attendance at events, committee membership, and leadership of extracurricular activities
  • Perform other duties within the scope, spirit, and purpose of the job, as requested by the divisional directors  


Essential Qualifications/Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in English Literature or a closely related field, advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of three years’ full-time experience teaching English, six or more years preferred
  • Readiness to teach five classes
  • A demonstrable passion for literature and writing
  • Evidence of significant recent professional development
  • Excellent technology skills and experience integrating technology into the curriculum
  • Experience in a school with a similar philosophy, teaching methods, and curricula to those of the independent school communities preferred
  • Willingness to contribute to school life outside of the classroom
  • A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people


All interested candidates should send a letter of interest and three letters of recommendation.

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Candidates may be submitted to multiple positions during their time with CalWest. Also, candidates may not be chosen to move forward in the search they initially expressed interest in pursuing.

Our client schools make the final decisions.

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