The American School of Pachuca, a private, co-ed, institution offering instruction in grades K-9, is now actively seeking 2 qualified, dynamic and enthusiastic teachers to join our faculty for academis year 2008-2009, with a start date of August 11, 2008.
The school is located in the mountainous town of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, just over an hour from Mexico City and about 4 hours from the beaches of Veracruz. It is a clean, safe, mid-sized city with some 350,000 residents and all the amenities one needs to live a comfortable life. The city itself was a mining town founded nearly 500 years ago, and has a rich history. In fact, it is just 20 minutes from the hill top magical towns of Real del Monte and Huasca, where many teachers spend their weekend afternoons. A quick and easy trip into bustling Mexico City for the weekend is also a popular choice. The climate is temperate, never too hot nor terribly cold, and neither heat nor air conditioning is required. From Pachuca, one can travel by bus to the ancient Aztec pyramids in an hour, Cuernavaca or San Miguel de Allende in 5 hours, Guanajuato in 6 hours, and Guadalajara in 11 hours.
The school also has a rich history, founded nearly 90 years ago by the American Mining Company to provide blingual education to sons and daughters of mine employees. It became a private non profit some 60 years ago, when the mines stopped functioning. It now has some 900 students and is the only truly bilingual school in Hidalgo. With more than 40 foreign and 50 Mexican staff, a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1, nice facilities with lots of open area, and a convenient location, it is among the best schools in Pachuca. It is also one of 17 member schools of the Association of American Schools of Mexico. Class sizes are small, with no more than 24 students per class, and teachers teach approximately 22 contact hours per week. The work day runs from 7:45 to 3:15 and there are are rarely any weekend hours (perhaps only at gradutaion!).
We seek two teachers with at minimum one year of teaching experience abroad. We prefer teachers with a degree in education, though we will consider those with other educational backgrounds. All teachers must have a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited university and those who do not have a teaching certificate in their country or a B.Ed. will be asked to enroll in a local M.Ed., for which the school will provide significante financial support. This is part of our requirements towards attaining international accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which will hold its accreditation visit to the school in April 2009.
Salaries range from 10,000 to 15,000 pesos monthly, with free private housing and medical coverage provided. We also provide $600 in flight assitance, and a contract completion bonus of $1000 USD at the end of the academic year.
To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter, and the names of three references (or reference letters if possible) to Curt Crossley, International Hiring Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2008. Hiring will be done on a rolling basis, so early applicants will receive first consideration.