Native Speaker Teachers Program
Our Native Speaker Teachers Program started in 1991 with three teachers from the U.S. and has since grown to fourteen North American, British, Irish, Canadian and Nigerian teachers. As a bilingual school, the main objective of the NST Program is to improve the English level of the students, and as such, teachers are expected to speak English to their students at all times. However, these teachers also come as cultural ambassadors who participate in the growth of the school.
During these twenty-six years, we have been delighted to have the North Americans, English, Nigerian and Irish teachers as part of the faculty, and getting better at receiving them in a culturally foreign environment.
We look for candidates who are passionate about teaching and outstanding in their field, be it Literature, Language, Social Studies, or Science. This year we have graduates from, Georgia University, University of Arizona, Florida State University, Queens College, University of Minnesota; University of Leicester, University College Dublin, University College London, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Boston College, Colorado State University, Lakehead University, and National University of Ireland, Galway.
Despite of the two-year contracts that the school offers, many of our teachers decide to stay at Nogales for more years, like David West, who has been with us for nine years. Some of them come back: Michael Kennedy, English teacher taught for four years, went back home, came back and stayed with us for two more years. Matthew Fishbane, English teacher and Head of the Department, was with us four years, taught in other countries and came back for three more years and Tammy Dobrzynski, English teacher came back after teaching in Europe for seven years, was Head of the English Department for several years and now teaches the AP English Language course.
The teachers who come to Nogales are attracted by the opportunity to teach in an academic environment of excellence where they are encouraged to be demanding, by the strong commitment to values and by the emphasis on the individual. They also like the beautiful campus and enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities. They appreciate the immersion in the Colombian environment where they learn about the love to the country while practicing their Spanish. Finally, they come to learn about another culture, to travel around South America, and to have a great time.
Basics of Nogales for teachers
- 955 students Pre-K (4 year old students) through 12 (18 year old students).
- Maximum number of students per class: 24.
- Teaching load-24 class periods per week out of 40 periods total per week.
- Time for planning, class preparation and marking included in daily schedule.
- Two-class periods off, once a week for personal time.
- Weekly planning with guidance from the head of the department.
- Individual, thorough assessment expected of each student every quarter in elementary and middle school, every semester in high school.
- Classrooms are shared with other teachers.
- Textbooks in English of compulsory use imported from the US.
- Homogeneous student body in terms of abilities, interests, place of origin, social, cultural and religious background.
- Catholic school run by lay persons (teachers are not required to be Catholic).
- Discipline based on development of autonomy.
- Contract runs from August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 and 2019.
- Planning sessions: August 1 – August 8.
- First day of classes: August 9.
- October 8 to 17 Break for students.
- October 13 to 17 Break for Teachers.
- Christmas Holidays: December 15 – January 14.
- January 15, Teachers come back to school.
- January 16, classes resume.
- March 24 to April 1 – Semana Santa.
- Last day of classes: June 15, 2017.
- Last day of Remedials and school June 29th, 2017.
- About 12 religious or national holidays, usually Mondays.
- One week off in either March or April for Semana Santa.
Schedule for Teachers
- Regular schedule: 7:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
- Mondays until 5:00 p.m. for faculty meetings.
- One day a week extra-help before school starts.
- All teachers have two class periods off one day a week for errands out of campus.