The Valley School is a co-educational day elementary school, serving students in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade. Founded in 1985, The Valley School offers a high-quality academic foundation in a small school setting, rich with opportunities for creativity, exploration, and play. We celebrate childhood. Our learning program is a mixture of playful work and purposeful play and is designed to be developmentally appropriate at each grade. Social emotional learning and skill development form an important pillar of our program, in addition to academics, specialist classes, and dynamic playground spaces designed to offer myriad opportunities for students to learn and grow.
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.
Collaboration, Creativity, Equity and Inclusion, Kindness, Respect for Individuality, Childhood
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 journey can be muddy – much like our playground – we aim to give every child the tools necessary to flourish.
Essential Functions of Valley Teachers
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
Engage regularly in opportunities for professional growth and model a growth mindset
Participate actively in the life of The Valley School
The Physical Education/Health Teacher will:
Develop a comprehensive, engaging, standards-based physical education and health curriculum that presents a coherent scope and sequence
Teach seven classes a week, one each in Pre-k through the 5th Grade
Lead PE exercises, cooperative games, and other opportunities on the playground during recesses
Collaborate with teachers, whenever possible, in coordinating the PE/Health program with classroom curricula
Incorporate age-appropriate health standards into the PE curriculum and to keep the focus on personal goals, growth, teamwork, learning new skills, and play over competition and winning
Teach meaningful lessons and activities for students in all grades that promote physical exercise through play and skill building, cooperation, healthy choices, and good sportsmanship
Provide regular feedback about students during meetings, conferences, and twice a year in written progress reports
Communicate about PE/Health class activities and curriculum through monthly newsletters
Share a positive attitude and healthy life choices with students, families, and colleagues
Maintain all PE equipment that serves the curricular needs of a diverse school population of students and faculty
Budget, order, catalog, and maintain all supplies in collaboration with the school administration
Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with other PE/Health teachers and professional organizations
Plan, organize, and implement motivational PE/Health events such as a walk-a-thon, physical challenges, and school-wide activities
Plan and incorporate visits from athletes, sports, or health professionals
Manage contracts and relationships with neighborhood athletic facilities
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 physical education, health, and early childhood/elementary education
Minimum of three years combined teaching experience in an early childhood/elementary setting
Physical Education 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.