Term: School Year 2020-21 (August 2020 to June 2021)
Reports To: Director of Teaching and Learning
School Name: The Valley School of Seattle
City, State: Seattle, WA
Posted: February 2020
Model and respect the School’s Mission and Values
Demonstrate a belief that all children can learn and recognize the different developmental stages, cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and passions that influence a child’s educational experience
Use a variety of teaching strategies to meet the learning, social, and emotional needs of a wide range of diverse learners
Design a clear, well-organized, well-balanced and flexible curriculum that is responsive to the learning of each class and each child
Create and effectively manage a positive and respectful classroom environment that promotes student learning while fostering kindness, self-expression, creativity, and respect for differences
Set clear goals for student learning and use a variety of assessment tools to inform instruction and to provide frequent feedback to students about their progress
Communicate with parents and colleagues about student growth in a clear, professional, and timely way
Actively support colleagues and collaborate with other teachers and specialists to meet each student’s needs and to ensure the overall quality of education
Present the kindergarten program and philosophy to prospective families and engage in the assessment of applicant children
Engage regularly in opportunities for professional growth and model a growth mindset
Participate actively in the life of The Valley School, through engagement in meetings, committees, recess duty, and various special events
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning
In experience and skills, the ideal candidate will have:
1. A Bachelor’s Degree in education, preferably in early childhood and elementary education; Master’s and Washington State teaching certificate preferred 2. Three years of experience as a classroom teacher 3. Experience in developing and writing curricula 4. Experience in assessing student learning, using a variety of measurements and tools 5. Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of a wide range of learners 6. Experience in working with a diverse group of families 7. Strong communication skills, in both writing and speaking 8. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and families
Additional Salary Information: The Valley School offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and Paid Time Off, plus opportunities for professional development.
About The Valley School
The Valley School is a progressive, pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, independent school that carefully attends to the individual development of children through intellectual exploration, community, and play.
We believe childhood is to be celebrated rather than rushed. It is a special time of exploration, unsuppressed creativity, friendship, and wonder. By understanding and respecting childhood, children — brimming with curiosity and imagination—grow into whole-hearted learners, practiced in thoughtful inquiry and critical thinking.
Our Mission and Values
At The Valley School, we ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community. Our school values include: celebration of childhood, collaboration, creativity, equity and inclusion, kindness, and respect for individuality.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Statement
The Valley School honors diversity, practices inclusion, and invites courageous conversations. We strive to create a community where each individual is valued, respected, and included. Though the journ...ey can be muddy – much like our playground – we aim to give every child the tools necessary to flourish.