University Liggett School
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, United States
Member Company
12 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
Min Experience
2-3 Years
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
Teacher (PreK-12)


About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. University Liggett School is known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions that form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs. 

University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Spanish teacher to begin in September 2024.

Department Philosophy:

The Modern Languages (ML) Department offers a language experience in French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Students excel in their language(s) of choice and are able to take more than more than one language simultaneously. Students explore culture, ask questions, and develop their communication skills, ultimately becoming proficient at a level appropriate to their grade. Students learn how to collaborate and work independently all while developing proficiency in all areas of language development: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. In each language, students can also participate in language clubs and there are school excursions in the Detroit area to visit culturally relevant places.


  • A bachelor's degree or higher in Spanish or Spanish Education or an equivalent field

  • Enthusiasm for Upper School students and an understanding of their developmental needs

  • A thoughtful and engaging approach to teaching, learning, and assessment

  • A growth mindset about teaching practices and an eagerness to work toward professional goals and development

  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, and student-centered environment

  • Ability to connect with students of diverse backgrounds to develop healthy, supportive, and responsive relationships

  • Strong writer, reader, and speaker

  • Eager willingness to support and to be present in the life of the school

  • Facility with technology in the classroom


The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Liggett Approach. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.


Essential Duties:

  • Teach four or five sections of Spanish primarily in the Upper School

  • Create a class environment that is devoted to advancing proficiency in Spanish through thoughtful immersive experiences.

  • Possess a wide range of teaching approaches to reach from the most advanced language learners to those with neurodiversity 

  • Create an equitable and inclusive class environment that promotes integrity, respect, and empathy

  • Design writing assignments and activities that stretch student thinking and imagination 

  • Scaffold assignments effectively and respond thoughtfully and promptly to student writing

  • Collaborate with colleagues and engage in department discussions about pedagogy and other concerns

  • Participate actively in advancing the Modern and Classical Languages department’s curriculum and The Liggett Approach

  • Serve as an Upper School advisor 

  • Communicate thoughtfully, professionally, and clearly with parents

  • Participate actively and positively in the life of the school

Qualified candidates should send the following to Shernaz Minwalla, Head of Upper School, at

  • A letter of interest

  • A resume or curriculum vitae

  • Responses to the following prompts with a video, writing, or an artifact:

    • Describe a recent professional development experience you participated in and its impact upon your practice.

    • What is the most significant pedagogical shift you have made in your practice from the beginning of your career to today?

    • What role does assessment play in your classroom?

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Job ID: 72972761

Please refer to the company's website or job descriptions to learn more about them.

View Full Profile

Jobs You May Like