Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside faculty are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. Our academic structure places a high value on integrated curriculum and project-based learning, with intentional administrative support. At Westside School, we value different backgrounds and ideas. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.
Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 330 students in preschool through eighth grade. Westside’s Lower School serves 190 students in preschool-4th grade, and is organized into grade level teams comprised of 2 teachers and instructional assistants who collaborate to both implement and design meaningful curriculum.
The first grade lead teacher is responsible for his or her classroom in all areas. This involves developing and implementing a comprehensive age-appropriate curriculum for math, reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, science, and social studies. It also involves creating a community of learners in the classroom who respect and care for one another. The lead teacher works collaboratively with other classroom and specialist teachers. The lead teacher participates fully in the life of the school, attending meetings and staff retreats, curriculum nights, school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision, and values of Westside School.
Reports to: Lower School Head
Promotion and advancement of the cognitive, emotional, social and physical well being of the students in the classroom.
Daily management of students in the classroom including developing and implementing curriculum that challenges each student to realize their full potential.
Regularly assessing student learning and presenting this learning in formal reports and conferences.
Maintaining the classroom environment and materials attractively and managing the classroom budget.
Sharing ownership for the educational program with colleagues and the Lower School Head.
Setting annual goals for focus and growth with the Lower School Head, participating in a peer support team, and seeking out and participating in staff development opportunities.
Serving as a mentor for a classroom Instructional Assistant
Communicating with the parent community by writing weekly newsletters.
Covering recess duty at least two times per week.
Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:
A Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in teaching, child development or curriculum design.
Minimum of three years of elementary or early childhood classroom teaching experience
Experience in a variety of instructional techniques and approaches.
Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills; good presentation skills.
Skill and experience at differentiated instruction
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with colleagues including the desire to plan curriculum experiences across classrooms and disciplines
Familiarity and facility with current research informing teaching and learning
Start Date: August 2019
Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Westside School
Westside School serves 330 students in preschool-eighth grade. In the fall 2015, Westside School moved to a permanent campus in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, which supports our mission and values as a progressive, academically rigorous, relationship rich, preschool through eighth grade school with the core values of Academic Excellence, Joyful Learning, and Creating Confident Learners in a Caring Community.