Middle School Spanish Teacher 2020-21

Job Description

Spanish Teacher 

Do you have a passion for teaching Spanish? Would you love to share that passion with students by guiding them on their personalized learning adventures? Do you want to help re-imagine education in collaboration with other similarly passionate teachers? If so, we would like to hear from you.  This is a part or full-time role where you would need to be on-site at Khan Lab School (KLS). KLS is within walking distance of the Mountain View, CA Caltrain station. 

As an integral member of the academic team, you will be teaching MS Spanish I, II, and III in small-group classes and working with the team to refine how we can best empower young people to take control over their own learning. 



About Khan Lab School

Khan Lab School (KLS) is a non-profit, mastery-based school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to extend Khan Academy’s student-centered philosophy into a physical school environment. Furthering his vision for Khan Academy, Khan wrote and published The One World Schoolhouse, in which he argues for mastery-based, blended, and mixed-age learning coupled with a departure from traditional letter grades. Today the KLS community is bringing that vision to life on its own campus and also sharing knowledge within education more broadly.

In each academic area at KLS, progress is decoupled from age; the time it takes a student to finish a course will vary but the depth of mastery is constant. We believe that students cannot “master” a course by performing well on one assessment. Instead, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of all skills and content before they can obtain foundational credit, thereby reducing the number of “gaps” in their education.   

Every student is assigned to a mixed-age cohort, which they can expect to be part of for two to three years. There are currently six cohorts for students ages 5 to 18+. Students also partner with faculty to explore their passions and deepen their learning. The quality of learning remains high but as a lab school, instructional methods are constantly being reimagined and tested. Learning is supported through weekly 1-1 advising, real-world application, and a culture that fosters student agency. Faculty and students do not simply adhere to the status quo in education. As a lab school, KLS is a model for innovation in education. 



Khan Lab School Fellows provide daily individualized instruction and build impactful mentoring relationships with students. They help students complete their academic work and navigate places where they are stuck in their understanding.  Fellows also help determine and grow each student’s academic and social emotional learning goals. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Work with students 4-5 days per week at the Khan Lab School campus.
  • Build authentic relationships with kids.
  • Work with students until students are unstuck.
  • Ensure that students find academic balance among their courses.
  • Appropriately and effectively coach students, driving them to be their best.
  • Work with students on academic skills.
  • Serve as subject matter expert in at least one core area.
  • Ensure that no one is held back
  • Promote the thoughtful use of technology.
  • Obtain and interpret key learning metrics and fold this into student’s personalized learning plans.
  • Appropriately and effectively coach students, driving them to be their best.
  • Administer AAPPL tests.
  • Work with colleagues to design and iterate on the math program at math team meetings (Math Internship specific).

Roles and Responsibilities

Candidates should have an interest in teaching highly motivated students in a school that values not only intellectual pursuits but also building strong relationships and community. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of strategies, is comfortable with their subject matter expertise, and does not need to invest significant amounts of time to “prep” before teaching.

  • Patience and caring about student’s learning
  • Passionate about working with middle school students 
  • Must arrive on time and keep a regular schedule
  • Recognize the value of a mentoring relationship
  • Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
  • Tenacity, flexibility, passion, positive attitude, motivated, and enthusiastic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Patience and caring about student’s learning
  • Passionate about working with elementary and middle school aged students ages
  • Interested in progressive and online education
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset


  • Competitive salary
  • Free lunch and snacks  
  • Great colleagues

Start Date: August 2020

Location: Mountain View, CA

Number of Positions to be Filled: 1




To qualify, please provide a resume and a short letter of interest. Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a vision alignment questionnaire and will be invited for an on-site visit. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated familiarity with the Sal Khan’s school model outlined in his book The One World Schoolhouse.  

Khan Lab School is an EOE and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, place of national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or physical handicap in its employment practice.


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