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
Engage regularly in opportunities for professional growth and model a growth mindset
Participate actively in the life of The Valley School
Creative Arts Teacher Position
The Creative Arts Teacher Position is a newly created position at The Valley School, intended to consolidate the teaching of Music, Visual Arts, and Drama in one position to offer students experiences that develop their creative, artistic, and performing skills. The Creative Arts Teacher will teach Valley students at all grades at least once a week, offering a sequence of arts classes over the course of the year. The Creative Arts Teacher will:
Develop a curriculum for students in grades Pre-k through 5th grade that incorporates visual arts, performing arts, and music and that presents a coherent scope and sequence
Incorporate age-appropriate standards into the art curriculum in all three areas of learning – visual art, performing art, and music
Provide meaningful lessons and activities for students that promote creativity and self-expression
Create, rehearse, and perform one musical play with each grade per year
Use visual arts components for making sets and costumes for actors
Use music components of the program for learning and performing songs in plays
Collaborate with teachers, whenever possible, in coordinating the Creative Arts program with classroom curriculum and theme
Provide regular feedback about students during meetings, conferences, and twice a year in written progress reports
Communicate about Creative Arts class happenings and curriculum through monthly newsletters
Maintain all art and music equipment that serves the curricular needs of a diverse school population of students
Manage an annual budget for the Creative Arts program
Organize and produce an all-school Art Show and mount and maintain displays of student artwork on campus throughout the year
Establish and nurture relationships with professional organizations related to the arts
Organize visits to campus from artists, actors, musicians, and other art professionals
Contribute to the weekly community All School Sing
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning
Qualifications & Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis on arts education and early childhood/elementary education
Minimum of three years combined teaching experience in an early childhood/elementary setting
Art, Music, or Drama endorsement and Teaching Certificate preferred
Clear fingerprint background check
Additional Salary Information: The Valley School offers a salary that is competitive with comparable schools in the Seattle area and is commensurate with experience and credentials. This position includes a full benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and Paid Time Off (PTO), plus opportunities for professional development.
The Valley School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.
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.