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AP Seminar Teacher $46,000 – $56,000

St. Paul High School (Santa Fe Springs)






St. Paul High School is a co-educational Catholic college preparatory high school in Santa Fe Springs. We are currently accepting resumes for an AP Seminar teacher. Our classrooms are “student-centered,” that is, there is less emphasis on lectures and a greater focus on active student participation in their learning. Applicants should be familiar with and supportive of a Catholic high school’s educational and spiritual philosophy and mission.


Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English are required; California Teaching Credential is preferred.
Two years of teaching experience in a school setting is preferred.
Experience in teaching Advanced Placement Seminar required.

Committed to continuous improvement
Sensitive to other cultures
Sensitive to the needs of special learners (ELL, IEP, 504)

Knowledge of or experience with or open to learning:
Common Core State Standards
High-Impact Instructional Strategies
Understanding by Design
Higher Level Thinking Skills
Ability to use data to inform instruction and decision-making related to student achievement
Curriculum map and lesson plan construction – scope and sequence planning
Ability to turn best practices into high-quality, goal-driven results
Highly effective writing, oral, and interpersonal skills to communicate with a varied audience
Data management tools, organizational tools, and computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

Must be willing to be a responsive, flexible English department member.
The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills in building rapport with culturally diverse students to ensure each child reaches their full potential.
Attendance and punctuality must ensure the job’s duties and responsibilities are performed successfully.

St. Paul High School (SPHS) teachers are more than instructional staff members and classroom managers. They help transform children’s lives by creating opportunities for a brighter future. We are seeking a versatile math instructor who will commit to teaching with determination, integrity, and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:
A commitment to student-centered learning and measurable academic outcomes
A commitment to Common Core instructional methodologies
Reflective, self-aware, and adaptable to the communication and work styles of others
Critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative
Belief in the power of collaboration and working to build a collaborative culture with the SPHS network, community, staff, families, and students

A St. Paul High School teacher works to create and enhance a culture of achievement and respect where high expectations and results are the norms. All teachers must demonstrate significant and measurable academic gains with their students. All teachers’ actions must always be aligned with our mission, vision, core values, and education program. The essential functions of our teachers are as follows:

Demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy
Demonstrate knowledge of students
Set Instructional outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of resources

Explicitly introduce learning objectives to activate students’ prior knowledge related to the objectives and conclude the lesson by revisiting the learning objective and having students apply it in context.
Present content through a variety of instructional strategies to reach all learners.
Provide many varied opportunities for students to achieve mastery while promoting achievement by all students without exception.

Develop standards-aligned, measurable, ambitious big goals that will increase student opportunities for achievement; assess and track performance against these goals.
Measure student achievement of and progress toward the learning objectives and big goals with formative and summative assessment tools.
Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress toward meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and listening.
Use data to reflect on lessons’ effectiveness and student achievement progress to improve instruction and personal practice.

Create a focused environment of fairness and respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals.
Formulates higher-level thinking questions to foster and guide analytical thinking and independent learning.
Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and academic performance to create a substantial achievement and respect culture.
Establish, model, practice, and reinforce age-appropriate rules and logical consequences; create and consistently use individual behavioral management plans as needed.
Implement classroom procedures, systems, and routines that provide structure for students and maximize instructional time.

Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parents/guardians while remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values, and needs.
Initiate and maintain timely communication with all parents/guardians concerning student progress and provide a clear picture of the curriculum and high expectations.
Work collaboratively with parents/guardians, families, and other community members to involve them in activities and support their success.

Collaborate with colleagues (school-wide meetings, professional development days, etc.) to continuously improve personal practice, instruction, assessment, student achievement, and the school’s and the network’s overall goals and mission.
Access meaningful learning experiences (current theory, research, and developments in relevant academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and ideas from colleagues and supervisors) and exercise judgment in accepting findings as valid for application in classroom practice and teacher improvement.
Reflect critically upon teaching experience; identify areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan linked to grade level, school, and network goals; access meaningful learning experiences, and listen thoughtfully to other viewpoints and respond constructively to suggestions and criticisms.
Fulfill all outlined and related functions professionally, timely, and thoroughly.

Please send a resume, cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, and references to:

Dr. Christopher Aquino
St. Paul High School
9635 Greenleaf Ave.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-698-6246 ext. 712
Fax: 562-696-8396

Wage Range
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

St. Paul High School (Santa Fe Springs)

9635 Greenleaf Ave

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670