A position at French Broad River Academy is more than just a job; it’s a calling. Potential staff must have a passion for developing relationships with adolescents, an affinity for (and experience in) outdoor/wilderness settings, and a willingness to wear many different hats beyond that of a classroom teacher. We work hard and we ask a lot of our teachers, and we find that the rewards of this calling are infinite.
The French Broad River Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national and ethnic origin, gender or lifestyle in hiring. Employment is open to all qualified applicants. Furthermore, we believe that inclusion and diversity actively support the school’s mission of “building character and integrity,” and that a culture of inclusion, empowerment, equity, and justice is essential to all of the school’s endeavors. Central to this are the abilities of our teachers to identify, analyze, and act on issues of equity, justice, and inclusion. FBRA teachers must be committed to strengthening the organization’s role as an institution that shapes leaders who are prepared for a diverse world.
For the 2022-2023 school year, French Broad River Academy Girls Program is seeking a qualified Spanish Teacher and Outdoor Trip Leader.
Responsibilities and expectations will include:
First and foremost, ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all FBRA students when they are in the school’s care.
Serving as a life mentor and role model for our students.
Actively enforcing and upholding the FBRA school culture as outlined in our mission statement: “to build character and integrity in young people for a lifetime of learning and service”.
Performing all duties related to teaching the primary subject – planning lessons in alignment with our curriculum, teaching powerful & engaging classes, working individually as needed with students, maintaining grades/gradebook, collaborating as a part of a subject-area team, and engaging in regular communication about academic progress with parents & students.
Performing additional teaching duties on elective, PE, and enrichment topics.
Serving as a trip leader on weekly outdoor field lessons (may include canoeing, hiking, skiing, service work, and climbing) as well as periodic overnight trips.
Serving as an international trip leader to Costa Rica.
Exhibiting excellent teamwork and time management skills.
Maintaining a growth mindset in all areas of FBRA programming and instruction.
Attending meetings, special events, and occasional after-school commitments.
Proficiency and understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
Teaching and instruction experience, ideally experience teaching Spanish but we value teaching experience in the traditional school setting as well as outdoor education.
Bachelor's degree minimum, preferably in the subject area of the job opening.
Demonstrated experience and interest working with adolescent girls.
The following qualities will distinguish candidates:
Personal and/or professional experience in whitewater activities (kayak, canoe, raft, swiftwater rescue)
Outdoor instruction certifications for paddling, climbing, skiing, or wilderness medicine
Music instruction ability
Art instruction ability
Master’s degree or PhD
Current Teacher’s License
International trip leading experience
Demonstrated interest in working with adolescent girls, especially with their social and emotional development
About French Broad River Academy
The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) is an independent, split-gender middle school (grades 6-8) for boys and girls with two separate campuses. Our mission is “to build character and integrity for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership.” FBRA offers a challenging curriculum combined with an outdoor education program on the French Broad River, its surrounding watershed, and the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, as well as international cultural immersion and service trips to Costa Rica.