Bilingual Teacher

Sun Prairie Area School District   Sun Prairie, WI   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 27, 2024
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The Sun Prairie Area School District is looking for a dynamic, student-centered, and equity-focused Bilingual First Grade Teacher for  Northside Elementary School. The Sun Prairie Area School District will work with qualified candidates who need visa sponsorship to obtain a J1 visa  through a nationally recognized sponsorship program. 

The Sun Prairie Experience:

 Sun Prairie is a vibrant, thriving, and increasingly diverse community located in northeastern Dane County, just east of the City of Madison. Sun Prairie is known in the region for its high quality of life, its excellent parks and recreation programs, historic downtown, its exceptional public school system, and progressive approach to the development and redevelopment of the community. The City of Sun Prairie has experienced strong population growth over the last 10 years, undergoing a transformation from a relatively small community to an estimated 35,000 today.

 The Sun Prairie School District is made up of over 8,500 amazing and diverse students. More than a third are students of color. Ten percent of our students speak a language other than English. Approximately thirty percent of our students are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches. Our students are deeply involved in our community, and are truly the pride of our community. 

 The Sun Prairie Area School District has earned a reputation for being an innovative and progressive school district. This reputation has been earned due to the quality of staff who serve and love our students every day. Our staff lead highly relevant, engaging, and innovative programming. 

 A close reading of the school district’s mission statement will show a very important four-word phrase to this school district: “To inspire and prepare.” Together, our community helped define our future. Now, we can utilize these facilities with innovative programming and exceptional staff to inspire and prepare our students in and out of the classroom.

In continuing our goal of meeting the needs of every child, every day our school district began  offering a Dual Language Program beginning in the fall of the 2023-24 at two elementary schools, Northside and Westside, with two additional elementary feeder schools, Royal Oaks and Creekside for Spanish-English bilingual programming.  Northside Elementary School, a feeder school for Sun Prairie East High School, hosts students from Northside and Creekside Elementary Schools. Westside Elementary School, a feeder school for Sun Prairie West High School, hosts students from Westside and Royal Oaks Elementary Schools. Our Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programming is a 50/50 model (50% core instruction in English, 50% core instruction in Spanish) that started in Kindergarten and is moving into first grade in the 2024-25 school year.  

 Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a core subject area with additional coursework leading to a Bilingual certification

  • Valid Wisconsin teaching certificates #395,  #023 (ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural License), and (Kindergarten) or willingness to work towards becoming certified.
  • Demonstrated Spanish and English fluency (Oral and written fluency will be assessed by the Sun Prairie Area School District)
  • The Sun Prairie Area School District will work with qualified candidates who need visa sponsorship to obtain a J1 visa  through a nationally recognized sponsorship program. In this case, the applicant must be a licensed teacher.
  • Experience working with a diverse student population preferred (racially, culturally, socioeconomically varied).
  • Demonstrated alignment to District Vision and Core Values

 Desired Qualifications

 The Sun Prairie Area School District actively encourages women and candidates of color to apply. 

 Do you want to be part of a district working hand in hand with growing the Sun Prairie Bilingual Program to provide a Dual Language Immersion learning experience for students?

 In an effort to provide staffing mirroring student demographics, candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

STARTING SALARY: $47,843 + (based on experience)