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Multilingual Learner Teacher - 0.8 ESL Teacher/0.2 Armenian Teacher-Watertown High School (SY 24-25)

Watertown, Massachusetts
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position: Multilingual Learner Teacher - 0.8 ESL Teacher/0.2 Armenian Teacher-Watertown High School (SY 24-25)

Position Type: Full time

Location: Watertown High School

Reports to: Principal, ML Director

Affiliation: Watertown Educators Association Unit A

Salary range: As determined by Salary Schedule, Unit A


Watertown Public Schools seeks outstanding applicants for the position of Multilingual Learner (ML) Teacher. It is a full-time position at Watertown High School. The position consists of 0.8 High School ESL teacher and 0.2 of Armenian teacher.

Working under the general supervision of the ML Director, the K-12 World Language Coordinator, as well as building administration, the successful candidate will plan and teach self-contained English Language Development (ELD) classes to English Learners (ELs) as well as Armenian classes, potentially co-teaching with content teachers as well. They will work collaboratively with members of the department and the school to support student learning and growth. It is anticipated that the person will co-teach science and possibly math and/or social studies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The preferred candidate will be prepared to teach ESL and either majored in ESL or have completed a significant amount of ESL coursework in order to ensure their English language development (ELD) services are effective in meeting the needs of the ELs. They should be engaging and provide rigorous instruction for language development and access to content.
  • A passionate language teacher, the candidate should have strong academic knowledge and facility with a World Languages curriculum for Armenian. The candidate should fulfill the WHS mission of teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives.
  • The candidate will be able to properly identify English Learners in a timely manner and be able to administer the WIDA ACCESS, the WIDA screener and/or the WIDA MODEL.
  • As Watertown is committed to the practice of teaching world languages for proficiency, the candidate should have a strong background in the ACTFL proficiency guidelines and current Massachusetts Standards for teaching a world language.
  • The candidate should possess good communication and interpersonal skills in order to have an ongoing collaboration with core academic teachers and provide MLs with sheltered instruction and other effective strategies in their classrooms as well as other people's classrooms. They should work effectively and creatively with colleagues.
  • The candidate would communicate with parents as required, and as appropriate. S/he should have experience working with and/or teaching high school students; an understanding of the needs of students at this age; a collaborative work ethic; and a commitment to inclusive pedagogy. Proficient use of email, spreadsheets, Google Docs, etc. for department communication and file sharing is required.
  • Active participation in monthly ELD department meetings and related professional development, as well as, are preferred.
  • The successful candidate will invest in the life of the school by participating in professional development such as faculty and department meetings, as required. Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment, and integrity as well as effective interaction with a diverse population of students and faculty, is essential.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required; a Master's degree is preferred.
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education license as a 5-12 ESL teacher.
  • Appropriate MA certification for World Language and an undergraduate degree in Armenian or a related field are preferred.
  • All prospective employees must be able to clear the required background checks.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

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