K-12 Classical Languages Teacher in AZ and TX


While there are many reasons to study Latin and Greek (e.g. a knowledge of Latin increases proficiency in English because many English words are derived from Latin and the Latin grammar illuminates the English; Latin as the materfamilias of the Romance languages etc.), the main focus for the rigorous Classics is program is to enable students not only to become part of the Western tradition by reading key works but also by acquiring the foundational languages that have expressed and shaped this tradition. In the Classical language classes, the Classical culture and history have a supporting role, but the Latin and Greek languages are the primary goal and hopefully enjoyed as beautiful and worthy of study for its own sake.  


Through rigorous and detailed Latin lessons involving all four operations of language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) students learn vocabulary, morphology, and syntax which allows them to translate texts from Latin/Greek into English through Socratic discussion with the ultimate objective of reading and appreciation of great literature.  

  • Latin provides an essential foundation for our academies’ focus on the Western tradition through its incorporation of history and culture 

  • Rigorous and detailed Latin lessons embracing language mechanics and culture will develop students that can translate texts from the original Latin to English through Socratic discussion 

  • Applicants will ideally have a BA in Latin or Classical Languages (other majors may be considered depending on extent of Latin coursework/proficiency), as well as solid teaching/tutoring experience with positive reviews from supervisors/students. 



While some of our academies provide Introductory Latin at the K-5, Latin I and II are required courses at the middle school level at all upper school academies. In 9th-12th grade, students have the option to continue the Classical Languages track (where they study Latin III and IV followed by Greek I and II), or switch to a modern language (typically Spanish or French). 



Ultimately, the teacher’s responsibility is to cultivate the hearts and minds of students in the wonder-filled pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Some specific practices of a Great Hearts teacher include, but are not limited to: 

  • Study, plan, practice, and execute lessons in accordance with the philosophy of the discipline and the hierarchy of goals within a lesson and subject 

  • Thoughtfully plan and grade homework assignments that help students practice material from that day’s lesson or prepare for tomorrow’s lesson  

  • Thoughtfully plan and grade assessments that accurately evaluate the hierarchy of goals within a lesson, unit, and/or subject 

  • Evaluate each student’s holistic progress through yearly parent-teacher conferences, twice-yearly narrative evaluations, and quarterly report cards 

  • Maintain consistent communication and partnership with parents 

  • Host tutoring sessions for students  

  • Collaborate with grade-level and/or subject-area teams to unify goals, habits, and practices consistently throughout each classroom 

  • Conference regularly with Special Student Services teams, including but not limited to discerning and implementing ARDS, IEP and 504 plans 

  • Cultivate an ordered and joyful classroom culture consistent with the broader academy culture through habits, discipline, systems, and procedures 

  • Commit to the habit of life-long learning, including but not limited to the teacher’s own assigned subject(s), other disciplines in the liberal arts, the art of teaching, athletic games, and the fine arts 

  • Prepare for and participate in frequent faculty seminars on a classic text, piece of art, mathematical proposition, or other beautiful work 

  • Participate in network-wide and campus-specific professional development throughout the academic year 

  • Meet with headmasters, administrative team members, and/or assigned mentor or master teachers to receive coaching on successes and improvements 

  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned by the headmaster and/or administrative team 



Certification is not required to teach at any of the Great Hearts Academies. Great Hearts teachers hold a bachelor's degree or higher, demonstrate both a love for the breadth of the liberal arts, and a depth of knowledge in the subject area(s) they teach.   

All candidates must be able to demonstrate they are qualified to teach the subjects they are assigned.  



In conjunction with the Great Hearts recruiting team, headmasters review candidate applications to fill the vacancies at their respective academies. Candidates may hear from one or more headmaster(s) and/or Great Hearts staff member(s) shortly after submitting their application when their qualifications meet the hiring needs at that moment. Alternately, candidates may not hear anything for several months if there are no (anticipated) vacancies that meet their skill set. In either case, it is in a candidate’s best interest to submit application materials as soon as possible. 


If you are interested in teaching at Great Hearts, please click here. 


For questions about the online application process, submitting of documents, and specific openings, please email careers@greatheartsamerica.org.

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