Open Position: Middle School Humanities Teacher (Part-Time - 20 Hours/Week with Benefits)
Reports to:Director of the Middle School
When Needed: 2019-2020 Academic Year
“I’ve never felt so empowered.” -STS employee
Are you a dynamic, highly motivated educator that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?
Do you want to shape tomorrow’s leaders by having the opportunity to play a role in determining the school’s climate and collaborate with colleagues to decide what and how you will teach?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
We are seeking a talented, compassionate and engaging Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities Teacher committed to our mission of developing responsible citizens of a global society. Under minimal supervision, you will provide an optimal humanities classroom learning environment for seventh and eighth Grade students, with an emphasis on social studies and English. You will support students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles and will abide by our Framework for Professional Standards. This position has the potential to turn into a full-time position in the second year.
Who We Are
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer
Robust benefits package
Professional development opportunities
Extraordinary work environment
St. Thomas School, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 345 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Develops and implements curriculum and unit plans
Teams with other Middle School teachers to create a cohesive experience for students with elements of school life including social/emotional learning, cross curricular experiences, service learning projects, study skills, and developing student leadership.
Demonstrates thorough knowledge of teaching practices in English/Language Arts and Social Studies domains and a commitment to teaching within a caring, highly academic environment
Works with families and communicates in a clear and supportive manner
Stays abreast of current educational research and best practices
Promotes the field of Humanities education within school community by creating school events, participating in interdisciplinary projects, developing field trips, and building connections with local communities
Develops positive, collegial relations with co-workers with a regard for the dignity and social/emotional wellbeing of others and supports community decision-making processes
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Establishes and communicates to parents and students clear expectations for classroom and extra-curricular operational processes and procedures (i.e., grading/reporting procedures, attendance policies, homework and class work expectations, student behavior, etc.)
Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Participates in Middle School Division and planning meetings
Helps with recess, lunch, and advisory duties as is needed
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
A Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in middle school education or related areas from a four-year college or university required
Master’s Degree in middle school education or related areas preferred
2+ years of combined teaching experience required
Experience teaching English or Social Studies at Middle School level
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situation
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Some travel required (field trips)
If this sounds like you, please visit our careers website and follow the instructions to complete our online employment application, then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position.
It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.