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Middle School Spanish Teacher- Venice SKY Academy

Position Summary:

The SKY Academy Spanish Teacher will provide an educational atmosphere in which students will move toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical and psychological growth and maturation in accordance with the YMCA and SKY Academy’s philosophy, goals and objectives.       

Essential Functions:

  • Establish short and long-range goals based on student needs and District and state curriculum requirements.
  • Plan and prepare lessons and strategies which support the School Improvement Plan and SKY Academy mission.
  • Plan and prepare lessons which are meaningful and engaging.
  • Plan and prepare instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Identify, select and modify instructional materials to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles and special needs.
  • Assist in assessing changing curricular needs and plans for improvement.
  • Maintain a positive, organized and safe learning environment.
  • Manage time, materials and equipment effectively.
  • Instruct and supervise the work of volunteers and aides when assigned.
  • Establish and maintain effective and efficient record keeping procedures.
  • Use effective student behavior management techniques.
  • Assist in enforcement of school rules, administrative regulations and SKY Academy policies.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of IEP’s, EP’s & 504 Plans for exceptional education students, as appropriate.
  • Develop effective assessment strategies to assist the continuous development of students.
  • Interpret data for diagnosis, instructional planning and program evaluation.
  • Establish appropriate testing environment and test security.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject matter content.
  • Apply principles of learning and effective teaching in instructional delivery.
  • Use a multimedia approach utilizing a variety of materials and equipment to meet the needs of students.
  • Use appropriate strategies and techniques to enhance critical thinking skills in students.
  • Apply appropriate instructional modification for students with special needs.
  • Provide quality work for students that is challenging and relevant to the goals and objectives of the class.
  • Recognize overt indicators of student distress or abuse and take appropriate action based on school procedures and law
  • Provide instruction on safety procedures and proper handling of materials and equipment.
  • Use appropriate materials, technology and resources to help meet learning needs of all students.
  • Provide a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with other professionals, students, parents and the community.
  • Collaborate with other professionals and parents after recognizing student distress or abuse.
  • Collaborate with peers to enhance the instructional environment.
  • Assist others in acquiring skills and knowledge in specific areas of responsibility.
  • Engage in a continuing quest for personal growth through in-service, classes and study.
  • Conduct a personal assessment periodically to determine professional development needs with reference to specific instructional assignment.
  • Model professional and ethical conduct when dealing with students, peers, parents and the community.
  • Perform and fulfill all professional responsibilities.
  • Prepare all required reports and maintain all appropriate records.
  • Support school improvement initiatives by active participation in school activities, services and programs.
  • Ensure that student growth and achievement is continuous and appropriate for age group, subject area and/or program classification
  • Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution.  
  • Certification by the State of Florida in the appropriate area.  
  • Valid Florida Driver License.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of child growth and development and especially of characteristics of children in the age group assigned.
  • Knowledge of prescribed curriculum.
  • Knowledge of current educational research.
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of use of current technology.
  • Knowledge of learning styles and skill in using varied teaching methods to address student learning styles.
  • Skill in oral and written communication with students, parents and others.
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness.
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze test results and prescribe actions for improvement.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate student supervision so that students have a safe and orderly environment in which to learn.
  • Ability to work effectively with peers, administrators and others. 
  • Passion for improving educational opportunities for students and for building a strong, mission-driven organization 
  • Commitment to the YMCA SKY Academy’s mission, vision and growth

Certification and Training Requirements

  • CPR and First Aid Certifications required
  • Annual Completion of YMCA Blood Borne Pathogens Training
  • Annual Completion of YMCA Child Sexual Abuse Prevention class
  • Successfully complete State of Florida Criminal History Background Check requirements as well as meet the Association and Sarasota County School Board’s policies on background screening
  • Additional training classes as recommended by Supervisor

Typical Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform full range of motion, including manual and finger dexterity and hand and eye coordination.
  • Requires corrected vision, speech, and hearing to normal range, or special accommodations made of sufficient nature for completion of assigned tasks.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.

YMCA Competencies (Team Leader):

Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 


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