The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for a Middle School Social Studies Teacher to teach a combination of 6th, 7th and/or 8th-grade social studies and either a middle school advisory class or middle school arts elective classes.
The school seeks candidates who demonstrate a commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive learning community and bring an awareness and responsiveness toward all differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles and marital, parental or economic status.
The Organization The Evergreen School is an independent school serving highly capable students in preschool through 8th grade. Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, Evergreen’s four-acre campus provides an ideal setting for experiential and project-based learning. In 2016, Evergreen completed a $14 million campus redesign, adding classrooms, flexible learning spaces and a state-of-the-art makerspace. In addition to a rigorous academic foundation, Evergreen is committed to fostering diversity, cultivating a global perspective and supporting social and emotional learning at every grade level. Evergreen has a current enrollment of 474 students, is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
The social studies teacher is responsible for teaching 7th grade as well as either a section of 6th or 8th grade social studies and either an advisory class or two arts electives each semester. Content knowledge of and experience teaching American history will be beneficial. The successful candidate will have a collaborative approach to teaching, can teach an engaging and challenging program to highly capable students with individual learning styles and needs, and can utilize a wide range of instructional tools and resources, including project-based and experiential learning opportunities.
This is a salaried, full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2020-2021 school year.
Develop and implement a social studies and either a middle arts or advisory curriculum and activities for students at varying levels of progress from grades 6 through 8. This includes creating schemes of work and lesson plans, identifying and selecting instructional resources and methods to meet students’ needs, and preparing the classroom for activities.
Write narrative student evaluation reports two times in the year (January and June).
Regularly assess students’ progress by observing and evaluating performance and development, assigning and grading classwork, homework, tests and assignments and providing appropriate feedback to students, their parents and colleagues.
Consistently communicate and document clear objectives for all learning activities to maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development in compliance with laws, school policies and independent school regulations and accreditation standards.
Communicate regularly with the relevant people (advisors, learning support specialist, counselor, division head, and parents) about student progress.
Establish and enforce school rules for students with a positive style and strong classroom management skills.
Attend school, department, team and parent meetings.
Participate in certain extracurricular events, such as social and sporting activities, admission events, clubs, overnight camps and student group activities.
Maintain knowledge of and competency in relevant classroom technology and have a passion for recent developments in teaching resources and methods with the flexibility to incorporate changes into instructional plans and activities.
Be strictly vigilant about student health and safety.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Education and Desirable Qualities
2-3 years in a lead teacher role.
Background in independent schools, preferably working with highly capable children.
A bachelor’s degree in humanities from an accredited college or university with teaching credentials.
A master’s degree is preferred.
Teaching certificate is preferred.
Personal Qualifications of the Successful Candidate
Driven to teaching excellence with a firm grasp of teaching responsibilities and reflective about personal teaching practices.
Positively supports the school’s mission while managing the demands of curriculum and lesson planning, teaching, collaboration and parent communications.
Establishes a healthy rapport with students ages 11 to 14.
Possesses a high degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Empowered by a collaborative approach to working with a team of colleagues, sharing with and learning from one another.
Draws from a variety of curriculum sources and skilled in differentiating among students with clear methods to appropriately challenge gifted and talented students.
Able to communicate clearly, effectively and comfortably with the independent school community including students, parents and colleagues both inside and outside the classroom.
Technologically inclined; utilizes education applications in the classroom.
Respectfully maintains a high degree of confidentiality and integrity while exhibiting a professional manner and building constructive working relationships.
Can report to work at the scheduled time and seldom be absent from work.
Completes work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
Comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite and Gmail.
Able to lift up to 35 pounds and walk and stand for long periods of time.
Computer (PC), copier and fax.
Educational technology, such as SMART board.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.
Applicants should submit their resume, three references and a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Middle School Social Studies Teacher” in the subject line. Applicants should be prepared to provide examples of their creative curriculum work that demonstrates inductive and project-based learning endeavors. No telephone calls please. The position will be open until filled.
Nondiscrimination Policy The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.