Secondary Social Studies Teacher

Job Description

Position

Full-time: Social Studies Secondary Teacher

Description

Teacher candidates must be active Christians who are excited about sharing their faith while working in a cross-cultural setting.  Because Amazon Valley Academy is a small school, the secondary classes are taught to combined grades on a rotational basis.  All classes are taught in English.  Secondary teachers are expected to have a broad base in their subject of expertise.  For example, a secondary social studies teacher should be able to teach all secondary social studies courses.  Secondary teachers may be asked to teach one or two classes outside of their area of expertise.  Secondary teachers are expected to be involved in the school’s student life programs.  Our tagline is: Teaching as a Ministry.

Duties will include:

  • Share the gospel and integrate Biblical principles and the Christian philosophy of education throughout the curriculum and activities.
  • Cooperate with administration in implementing policies and procedures governing the school.
  • Keep proper discipline in the classroom and on the school premises for a good learning environment.
  • Maintain a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom.
  • Create broad semester and quarterly plans and objectives, along with proper weekly lessons.
  • Utilize valid teaching techniques to achieve curriculum goals within the framework of the school’s philosophy.
  • Assess the learning of students on a regular basis and provide progress reports as required.
  • Recognize the need for good public relations.  Represent the school in a professional manner to the school’s constituency and the general public.
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff.
  • Follow the Matthew 18 principle in dealing with conflict with students, parents and staff.
  • Seek the counsel of the administrator, colleagues, and parents while maintaining a teachable attitude.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled activities, in-service, retreats, committee, faculty, and Parent Teacher meetings.
  • Know the procedures for dealing with issues of an emergency nature.
  • Inform the administration in a timely manner if unable to fulfill any duty assigned.  Prepare adequate information and materials for a substitute teacher.
  • Ability to differentiate USA curriculum to ELL students.  Example: many students will need vocabulary explained in order to understand the culturally American material.
  • Other duties as assigned by the administration or necessary to run a safe and Godly school.

Requirements

  • Possess a deep love for Christ and for students.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree or higher from a recognized University or College.
  • Hold or pursuing an appropriate professional credential, certification or degree for teaching.
  • Two years teaching experience is normally required for non-Brazilian citizens to qualify for a work visa in Brazil.
  • Note: Because all classroom teaching is done in English, AVA requires that its classroom teachers be native English speakers or proficient in the English language.

The following is required to obtain a work visa to teach in Brazil:

  • A BA/BS or higher, preferably an education-related field.
  • A current teaching license: US State license; or a state or national teaching license from another English-speaking country; or ACSI.
  • Two years of classroom teaching experience is preferred, but in certain cases not mandated.

Career Growth

For candidates who have administrative experience or an interest in learning how to become an administrator, AVA appoints a secondary lead teacher at the beginning of each school year. The position of lead teacher is in addition to teaching duties and is considered a career development position.