Teacher, ESOL, 2022-2023

St Louis Public Schools
St. Louis, MO, US
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Job Description

Position Title: English As Second Language Teacher

Payroll/Personnel Type: 10 Month

Reports to: Principal

Position Summary:

SLPS is seeking talented Educators to promote and facilitate language development and academic achievement of secondary English Language Learners (ELLs). Teachers are expected to plan and deliver instruction that accounts for each ELL student's individual language proficiency level and helps students reach their learning goals and academic expectations. The ideal candidate has a passion for working with children from diverse backgrounds in an urban setting.

Essential Functions:
  • Implements all relevant activities outlined in the district Lau Plan
  • Assists secondary ELL students in developing their academic language proficiency skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing
  • Develops appropriate lesson plans and conducts instruction guided by content and language objectives in alignment with district course bulletin
  • Provides timely feedback
  • Instructs students through modeling, guided and independent practice, while providing appropriate language supports to ensure comprehensible input
  • Develops and administers language development assessments
  • Maintains student attendance and achievement records
  • Evaluates student progress and takes responsibility for student achievement
  • Maintains discipline in the classroom, along with a safe, encouraging, student-centered learning environment
  • Works with content teachers and school leaders to support school-wide success for ELL students
  • Oversees the social, emotional, academic, and linguistic progress of ELLs and works with students, various members of the staff, and parents to provide needed supports
  • Advocates for the educational equity of ELLs
  • Implements directives from the ESOL Director in a timely manner
  • Participates in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops
  • Uses, stores, and inventories classroom equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Perform other task as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of district policies and mandates related to parent involvement, discipline and student achievement
  • Sound understanding of second language acquisition pedagogies, WIDA Standards, and cultural diversity
  • Familiarity with instructional technology, ELL parent involvement, and language access requirements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Flexible and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to maintain a neat, functional office that is inviting but professional
  • Work with a wide variety of individuals in a highly stressful environment
  • Treat people with respect and dignity
  • Maintain confidentiality in sensitive matters
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records
  • Work independently with very little supervision
  • Work collaboratively with other school and district staff
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows sound decision making and demonstrating intellectual capabilities

  • Working with culturally and linguistically diverse families in an urban educational setting
  • Collaborating with community agencies
  • Serving effectively in a collaborative team setting

  • Bachelor's Degree in Education (required)
  • Missouri Initial Teaching Certificate (required)
  • Missouri ESOL Teaching Certificate/Endorsement or eligibility to obtain ESOL Teaching Certificate/Endorsement (required)
  • Master's Degree (preferred)

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle
  • Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body
  • Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree

Working Conditions and Environment:
  • Work is routinely performed in a typical interior/office environment
  • Very limited or no exposure to physical risk


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

If you are not currently fully certified, we would still love for you to apply! However, we ask that you provide very specific information and documentation so that we fully understand your progress towards certification:
  • If you have applied for DESE certification but are awaiting the posting of your certificate: upload a copy/screenshot of your application submission in DESE to your application in the Attachments section
  • If you are currently enrolled in a certification program, ask your university/program supervisor to write a letter to us that includes 1. what program you are enrolled in 2. how many certification courses you have remaining 3. what certification courses you have remaining 4. what exams you still need to take and 5. whether or not your university supervisor recommends you for a provisional or temporary license.

  • Please note that if an offer is extended to you, the following items will be required as part of your on-boarding:
  • Background check
  • TB test
  • Official transcripts
  • Social security card

  • Benefits

    SLPS believes in taking care of its employees. We offer a fully-insured health care plan along with some amazing perks! Here are some of the highlights of our benefits plan and perks, but you'll want to check out www.slps.org/careersfor all of the details.

    • Fully-paid health insurance for self
    • $30,000 of tuition reimbursement (certificated staff)
    • $40,000 group term life insurance
    • Eligibility for federal loan forgiveness programs
    • Pension plan
    • Robust wellness programs

    Please note benefit and perk eligibility may vary by employee status, employment date, and job classification.

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