Southern Teachers Agency

Dear Dr. Woolsey,

Just as your semester is well underway, at Southern Teachers we are underway recruiting teachers for the 2017-18 academic year!

We already have 60 Spanish openings. And this is just the tip of the iceberg! We anticipate that our schools will list over 3,000 total positions with us by the end of the year.

That means this is the perfect time to forward this message to your students who you believe will be good Spanish teachers. Please encourage them to complete our online application to become a candidate as soon as possible! Many of our schools are actively interviewing and hiring candidates now.

Southern Teachers is the premier placement agency for private schools in the South. Since 1902, we have helped thousands of teachers find jobs from Maryland to Miami to Midland, TX. Don’t forget, our service is free to candidates! They do NOT need a teaching license or education major to be considered.

As always, if you have questions about Southern Teachers, please feel free to call or email me anytime. You can read more about us here.

Best wishes,

Abby Hall | Director of College Recruitment
434-295-9122 |

Literacy Center of West Michigan – AmeriCorps Positions


I am reaching out to tell you a little about the Family Literacy AmeriCorps Program at the Literacy Center of West Michigan where I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator. This program is a great fit for students who are interested in pursuing a career in adult education, TESOL, linguistics, Spanish, English, multicultural studies or a public service oriented degree. It also serves as a great way to gain experience in TESOL, adult and language education, management, and being a part of a nonprofit.

There are four different types of positions within this AmeriCorps Program: English Language Instructor (6 positions), Family Literacy Tutor (2 positions), Volunteer Recruiter (1 position) and Bilingual Learner Support Advocate (1 position). These are full time service positions, 1700 hours over the course of 52 weeks with a modest living stipend.

We offer free English classes to the parents/caregivers of children in the Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public School systems and tutoring at Head Start sites.

Please pass on this information to students and faculty that might be interested and they can feel free to contact me at

Thank you for your time!

Visit here for more information on AmeriCorps and the Literacy Center.

Claira Freeman
Americorps Volunteer Coordinator– Family Literacy Program

Literacy Center of West Michigan
1120 Monroe NW, ste. 240
Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Phone: 616-459-5151 

“Bringing about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy.”

Spanish Immersion Teacher


I got your contact information from the college’s webpage, but I am not sure if you are the person I need to talk with. If you would please advise, that would be great!

We are looking at next year and the teachers that we will need to hire for our Spanish immersion program (elementary). We are wondering if you have any students graduating in December that might be interested in a teaching position that we could touch base with, or students graduating in May that may be interested in interviewing for a position for the 2017-18 school year. We are looking for a person who speaks fluent Spanish, loves kids and loves Jesus.

We appreciate your time and realize that you are busy, so we thank you in advance for any suggestions you offer!

Julie Karnemaat

Fremont Christian School
Spanish Immersion Liaison

AmeriCorps English Language Instructor

AmeriCorps English Language Instructor
Full-time for 6 months (Begins January 3, 2017)
Pay: total living stipend of $6,265 (distributed biweekly)
Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-effective instructors to help parents in area schools learn English and develop strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, experienced, and autonomous. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program.

Position Overview:

ELL Instruction:

  • Teach adult English Language classes (2-4 classes per week/2 hours per class) to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools
  • Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities from that address learner goals and needs
  • Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions
  • Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records
  • Submit required reports by specified deadlines



  • Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children
  • Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings
  • Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community
  • Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement
  • Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language, or Linguistics highly preferred
  • Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish
  • Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language
  • Experience teaching ESL
  • Interest in family and children’s literacy issues
  • Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies
  • Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate with coworkers in close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email, calendaring, and data management
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation
  • Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities


AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits:

  • Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check
  • Must be U.S. citizens, national, or legal permanent residents of the United States
  • Full-time (30-35 hours per week) with little time off during required service period
  • Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required
  • An Education Award of $2,887.50 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements
  • Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify
  • For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit


For more information about the Family Literacy Program, please visit:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to: Deidre Deering (

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and supports National Career Readiness Certification.

Spanish Immersion Teacher at Innocademy, Zeeland

Good Morning,

My name is Sara Vereeke – I am in Human Resources at Innocademy, a charter school in Zeeland.  I’m writing because we have an opening for a 4th Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher.  I thought I would reach out to see if you know of anyone looking for a Spanish Immersion position for the upcoming school year.

We offer a unique environment in a teacher-led school that values collaboration, trust, fun on the job and giving our best to our kids and families.  We want to grow kiddos that are leaders and thinkers who make an impact at home and abroad.  You can learn more about our school at or I would be happy to talk with you to explain more about the opportunity we have available.

If you know of anyone looking for a position, we would love the opportunity to talk with them.

Thanks so much for your time!

Sara Vereeke
Human Resources Expert

AmeriCorps at the Literacy Center of West Michigan

My name is Ariel DuVal. I am a 2013 Hope College graduate with a BA in Spanish and Psychology. After graduating, I served as an AmeriCorps Member for two years followed by a brief stint with the YMCA Veggie Van. Now, I work with the Literacy Center of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI as the AmeriCorps Coordinator for the Family Literacy Program. I don’t know about you, but when I was a graduating senior, I was struggling to find my life’s direction. AmeriCorps provided me an opportunity for to test the waters. During my service, I found direction and entered a graduate school program in Public Health.

Maybe you’re interested in adult education or teaching English, but you aren’t ready to commit to a graduate program. Maybe you’re simply interested in giving back to the community that has provided you with so many opportunities. If these ideas are coming to the surface as graduation nears, AmeriCorps could be a great option for you.

What is AmeriCorps?

The easy answer is that it is similar to the PeaceCorps, but it is domestic and requires less of a time commitment.

AmeriCorps is a national service program. It is a year commitment to serve your community and to complete 1700 hours of service (roughly 35-40 hours per week). Joining AmeriCorps is a way to put your idealism into action. As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place: help children learn, protect the environment, or bring needed services to a low-income community. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

What is the Literacy Center of West Michigan?

Founded in 1986, the Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to bringing about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy. This mission statement, developed as part of our strategic planning efforts, is our bold commitment to making West Michigan a region that is known for having one of the highest levels of literacy in the nation.

To this end, the Literacy Center works alongside adults, both native speakers and English language learners, who struggle with literacy skills and read below a 9th grade level. The Literacy Center served 963 adults in the 2014-2015 program year, utilizing almost 300 volunteers.

What would I do at the Literacy Center?

The Literacy Center’s AmeriCorps team serves within the Family Literacy Program. This program serves parents whose children attend Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools. The Family Literacy Program is an evidence-based program made up of four components: 1) Parent education by way of English Language Classes 2) Parent time 3) Parent and Child Together Time, and 4) Child’s education provided by local school district.

The AmeriCorps team is comprised of 10 individuals: 6 English Language Instructors, 1 Bilingual Learner Support Advocate, 1 Volunteer recruiter and 2 Head Start Tutors.

What do I get out of serving at the Literacy Center?

  • Bi-weekly living stipend
  • Healthcare
  • Child care stipend, if eligible
  • Education award of $5,700 to pay off qualifying federal student loans or future education
  • Professional development and training
  • Networking through collaborative AmeriCorps events
  • Opportunity to take college courses as a part of your service year


I’m interested, how do I learn more?

Literacy Center of West Michigan representatives and AmeriCorps members will be at Hope College on Tuesday March 29 from 6-7pm in Maas Conference Hall. We will have a brief presentation and will have ample time for Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there!

We will also have information about all West Michigan AmeriCorps Programs if you are interested in serving in another capacity.

Teach for America

Teach for America es un excelente programa para graduados interesados en enseñar, pero que no han recibido un diploma en educación. Nos llegó este email esta semana.

I hope your week is going well! My name is Abby Dean, and I’m a recruiter with Teach For America (TFA).  I’m writing because we are still hiring seniors and graduate students of all majors. Allison Muskat and Ashley Person have already been accepted to our 2016 teaching corps; I’d love to see TFA employ more talented students from Hope! I was wondering if there is an opportunity for us to include a reminder about our final application deadline (Friday, March 4th) in a department newsletter, email, or social media announcement.

Is anything like that available? Students tend to need multiple reminders, and I thought it made sense to reach out to you given your role. Please advise if there is someone else on your staff to whom it would be more appropriate to send this announcement request J

Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

All my best,

P.S. I’ll send the announcement in your preferred format when I hear back from you.

Abby Dean
Recruitment Associate
c 646.300.0898

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Peace Corps

Good afternoon,

I hope you are doing well. My name is Meghan Costello, and I am a virtual recruiter for Peace Corps’ Midwest Recruitment Office. I’m writing with a great opportunity for Spanish speakers that I hope you’ll pass on to your students. Tomorrow evening Peace Corps is holding a virtual Spanish-English bilingual information session. Please forward this invitation to your students:

Use your Spanish skills to empower future leaders while gaining valuable international development experience – be a Peace Corpsvolunteer. Peace Corps is currently accepting applications forVolunteers throughout Central and South America working in agriculture, education, health, youth development, business, and environment. Visit our openings to learn more about the job responsibilities and requirements. If it’s a match for your skills, apply by January 1st to depart this summer!

Thank you for sharing this opportunity. Feel free to connect directly with your campus’s Peace Corps recruiter if you’d like to get more involved with Peace Corps on your campus.


Meghan Costello

Virtual Recruiter- Peace Corps Midwest Regional Office

55 West Monroe, Ste. 450 | Chicago, IL 60603 | (312) 353-1156

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