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Teacher - Elementary - English as a Second Language (ESL)

Downingtown Area School District
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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Jun 20, 2024

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Position: Teacher - Elementary - English as a Second Language (ESL) (Job ID 5114)

Location: Elementary Schools

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Effective Date: Start of the 2024-2025 School Year

Are you passionate about helping ALL students learn in a collaborative environment? If so, we may have the career for you! Downingtown Area School District is excited to announce an opening for English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for the 2024-2025 school year.

At DASD, we are committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence in education. As a diverse district, we continually seek ways to strengthen our educational environment. We believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of staff who bring various backgrounds and perspectives. Our ability to create and maintain a climate of respect is critical to attaining the best teaching and learning environment.

At Downingtown Area School District we value our employees. We seek to hire new staff who:
  • Communicate openly to build relationships and trust
  • Partner with team members to see the TEAM succeed
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and seek ongoing opportunities for growth
  • Embrace and support a safe and inclusive environment
  • Eagerly and enthusiastically support student learning
  • Strive to be kind and reflective
  • Focus on the solution and put people first
  • Lead by example!

If you want to be part of our "Downingtown Proud" team - please apply! Help us with our mission to educate all students to meet the rigorous challenges of a global society.

  • Candidate must be a graduate of an accredited college or university and hold a proper Pennsylvania certification for the position
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Valid PA certification specific to content area: English as a Second Language Program Specialist
  • Demonstrates knowledge in the area of assignment.
  • Possesses a positive attitude toward the teaching profession, service to the district, and importance and purpose of the education program
  • Proficiency in use of technology for individual or group demonstration, research, or communication
  • Must be able to flex and vary hours to accommodate needs of students, parents, and other teachers
  • Possesses effective interpersonal skills with the ability to interface diplomatically with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and outside organizations
  • Exhibits excellent classroom management skills
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills to provide accurate information to others and to obtain, give, and follow directions
  • Demonstrates ability to provide good judgment, planning, and human relations skills, as well as be required to work under periods of stress due to the level of the position responsibility
  • Must successfully complete and maintain compliance with all federal and state background and criminal record check requirements
  • Click here for more information about required clearances
  • Candidate must adhere to all local, state, federal, and school code requirements for employment

Duties & Responsibilities: (Abbreviated - Please review the attached for more details on this specific opportunity)
  • Identifies PHLOTE (Primary or Home Language Other Than English) students' academic and social needs based on test results, grades, staff, and parent/guardian recommendations, acculturation, and history
  • Administers appropriate screening instrument to PHLOTE students to determine listening, speaking, reading, writing, and composite levels of student
  • Conferences with supervisor, principal, staff, and parents/guardians regarding PHLOTE and English Learners (ELs)
  • Teaches the skills necessary for the acquisition of English at each individual student's pace, taking into consideration ability, achievement, history, and motivational factors
  • Assists mainstream classroom teachers in adapting plans, assignments, and assessments
  • Confers with counselor regarding course selection for identified students to ensure proper accreditation to graduate
  • Collects, maintains, and submits required data for required reports to coordinator, principal, and supervisor when requested
  • Attends conferences and meetings regarding ELs with appropriate district personnel supplying expertise, data, and information when necessary
  • Supports ongoing communication among families, school, and staff
  • Shares knowledge of language acquisition and cultures for staff members through professional development and learning

Salary 2024-2025 School Year:

Full salary matrix is available in the appendix of the following collective bargaining agreement, which can be accessed by clicking here. Placement upon salary scale is dependent upon education and years of teaching service.


7.5 hours per day based upon district-approved calendar

Up to 191 days per year, plus up to 3 days of orientation for professional employees during first year of employment

Summary of Benefits:

Select Health Benefits a la carte - Only pay for what you need
  • Medical Coverage through IBX - PPO plans only
  • No Primary Care Physician necessary
  • No referrals required
  • IBC has extensive local and national networks
  • Prescription Coverage through CVS/Caremark
  • Dental Coverage - Delta Dental Active PPO
  • Allows use of in-network and out-of-network providers
  • Vision Coverage - Vision Benefits of America (VBA)

Eligibility - No Waiting Period

All employees may enroll in the district's health benefit plans effective with their date of hire into the benefit eligible position.

Eligible Dependents

A legally married spouse as defined by PA law and children up to age 26 may enroll in the District's health benefit plans.

New Hires or Newly Eligible

You have 31 days from the date that you are benefit eligible to make your elections. If you do not make elections during this time, you will only be enrolled into any benefit that is provided by the District at no cost to you.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Benefit eligible employees have the opportunity to elect to participate in a Flexible Spending Account. DASD offers both a Healthcare Spending Account and Dependent Care Spending Account. This benefit allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out of pocket eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.

Support for the Whole You
  • Fitness Program
  • Receive $150 back when you complete 120 workouts at an approved fitness facility within 365 days.
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Up to 6 free visits per calendar year with a registered dietitian.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate is a free, confidential program that offers EAP+ Work/Life benefits to help you address difficulties in your life by providing short term assistance with personal, family, and work issues. In addition, it simplifies the navigation of the health care system by helping you find the right doctors, resolving billing and insurance claim issues, explaining benefit coverages, helping your parents or in-laws with the complexities of Medicare, and much more!
  • Telemedicine
  • The telemedicine benefit through SwiftMD is offered to ALL DASD employees at no cost to you. The telemedicine benefit allows for consultations with US board-certified doctors over the phone or online, from your home, office, or on the road. These physicians can diagnose, recommend treatment, and submit prescriptions to your pharmacy of choice.

Retirement - Member of State Pension System (PSERS)

As a PSERS member, you'll join with over a half million fellow public school employees who are also members. You'll contribute to your own personal PSERS retirement account and have a safe and secure benefit payment(s) from one of the largest public retirement plans in the nation.

Student Loan Forgiveness

All DASD employees are eligible to apply for loan forgiveness through the federal government's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Find out more here:

Life Benefit

Pays 1 x your basic annual salary up to maximum of $50,000

Income Protection Benefit

Pays 60% of your basic monthly pay, up to $2,800 per month

Tuition Reimbursement

75% of tuition if grade if B or better is attained; limit 12 credits per year.

Induction Program

All new teachers, including Long Term Substitutes (LTS), will participate in the DASD Induction Program. The district offers a one- or two-year program depending on the number of years of prior professional experience within PA public schools.
  • After-school workshops
  • Collaborative coaching with instructional coach
  • Assigned mentor for additional support
  • Collaboration meetings with curriculum leader, grade level leader, or supervisor(s)
  • New hire faculty meetings with principal(s)

Professional Development

8 staff professional development days per year

Paid Time Off
  • 10 sick days annually
  • 2 personal days annually; may accumulate up to 5

Retiree Benefits
  • Personal Days Payout
  • Sick Days Payout


  • DASD-DAEA CBA 2020-2025 v3.5 (DAEA) FINAL SIGNED PLUS MOU'S 2020-06-19....pdf
  • Final 2023-2024 DASD District Calendar.pdf
  • Teacher_ESL F22.pdf

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