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French Teacher

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aurora, Illinois
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The World Languages Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking a full-time French Teacher. World Languages at IMSA are taught in an immersion learning environment with a departmentally developed curriculum framework. We encourage individuals who enjoy making a difference in the lives of talented high school students to apply.

Successful candidates will have a master’s or doctorate degree in French, Second Language Acquisition (with an emphasis in French), or a related field and a record of demonstrated successful teaching. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in curriculum design and knowledge of ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Applicants must show native or near-native fluency in French. 

This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative. 


The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Teaching French courses
  • Guiding and tutoring students outside of class
  • Participating in the department’s curriculum and assessment development work
  • Close collaboration with colleagues when teaching the same course and when working on departmental priorities
  • Participating in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days
  • Participating in non-teaching activities that support the department’s and Academy’s programs
  • Participating in external professional organizations
  • Support equity and excellence by ensuring the execution of culturally competent curricula, pedagogy, and interactions with our students.
  • Other duties as assigned


The required skills and experience for this position include:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in French, Second Language Acquisition (with an emphasis in French), or a related field
  • Native or near-native fluency in French
  • Effective communication with students, staff, and parents
  • Active participation in a collaborative team environment
  • Engagement in reflective professional practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team environment with the ability to function diplomatically and communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, parents, and the public
  • An appreciation and understanding of working with diverse populations

Preferred skills include:

  • High school equivalent teaching experience
  • Experience in curriculum design

Salary and Benefits:

Salary and benefits are commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of employment. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, complete and current resume/CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three current professional references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled. We are seeking a diverse applicant pool.

To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity- minded, and constituent–centered. IMSA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, amnesty, arrest record, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


Working at IMSA

Academy Offers Unmatched Educational Experiences

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) fosters the discoverers. The thinkers. The innovators and experimenters. The problem-solvers of the future who can change the world through their life’s work. IMSA innovates the future of science, technology, engineering and math education. It creates a strong and diverse pipeline of talented students at its residential Academy in Aurora, Illinois for 10th through 12th grade students. IMSA’s mission is to ignite and nurture creative, scientific, ethical minds that advance the human condition.

IMSA’s tuition-free residential educational program enrolls a diverse student body of 650 from all areas of Illinois; admission is highly competitive.

National and International Leadership

IMSA is a recognized leader in mathematics and science education at the national and international levels and serves students, educators and policymakers beyond Illinois:

(1) IMSA founded and helps lead the work of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology which consists of 75+ member institutions, including IMSA and the similar residential programs in 14 other states; (2) IMSA provides extensive professional development in problem-based learning to teachers in the nation and abroad; (3) IMSA staff and students serve on important national panels and task forces and

are invited as presenters at prestigious national and international conferences; and (4) IMSA is a model upon which a number of other schools in the U.S. and abroad are based.

In addition, IMSA hosted the 2018 International Student Science Fair.


To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


We Believe That…

  • All people have equal intrinsic worth.
  • All people have choices and are responsible for their actions.
  • Belonging to a community requires commitment to the common good.
  • Diverse perspectives enrich understanding and inspire discovery and creativity.
  • Honesty, trust and respect are vital for any relationship to thrive.
  • Learning never ends.
  • Meaning is constructed by the learner.
  • No one’s path in life is predetermined.
  • The ability to discern and create connections is the essence of understanding.
  • We are all stewards of our planet.
  • We can significantly improve life on our planet.

2020 Vision

By 2022, IMSA is a Recognized Global Leader and Catalyst in Equity and Excellence in STEM Teaching and Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This is IMSA’s Impact Goal for the next 5-7 years. What is our strategy for achieving it?

What are IMSA’s Priority Outcomes and How Were They Developed?

IMSA’s priority outcomes were developed with faculty and staff through reflective dialogue on what institutional outcomes IMSA should pursue. Staff was engaged in retreats, community learning days and leadership meetings. IMSA invited external experts to support planning

activities, assisted in prioritizing and refining indicators, and help to set targets for these priority outcomes.

IMSA leadership attended and hosted many learning events and activities with alumni, faculty and staff since this process started in late 2014.

Outside of IMSA, staff participated in several events that informed our goal setting process, such as the Waubonsee Vision 2050 Futures Summit, Developing America’s Next Generation of Innovators for the STEM Education Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Strategic Planning Meeting of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children held at IMSA and leading a Chicago Public Schools Administrators’ Roundtable discussion on Leading a STEM School, also held at IMSA.

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