Our Kindergarten class needs an amazing Associate Teacher to work with a Lead Teacher and 18 awesome students! Do you enjoy working with young children? Are you interested in learning about gifted children and teaching literacy, math and social & emotional skills? Are you excited about teaming with and learning from a masterful Lead Teacher and collaborating with our kindergarten team? Then Kindergarten at Open Window School is the placement for you!
This job requires energy, patience, empathy, flexibility, initiative, the ability to collaborate and a commitment to teamwork. Successful Associate Teachers must be able to navigate a Kindergarten classroom (smaller student chairs/tables, floor based activities, etc.), actively work outside in various kinds of weather, maintain regular attendance, be punctual, and dependable.
Many of our Associate Teachers stay with Open Window School for 2-3 years before pursuing a lead teaching opportunity, returning to school for a graduate program, or moving overseas to teach internationally. We understand that this position could be your stepping stone on your way to a successful teaching career. Open Window is excited to have exceptional candidates who enrich our school and endeavor in return to provide practical and unique experiences in gifted education that will enhance your long-term career goals.
Applicants must meet these requirements to be considered for the position:
Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree
Experience working with elementary school students, preferably 5 and 6-year-olds in a classroom setting
An interest in the social-emotional development of children
Experience with intellectually gifted children is a plus.
Though many of our Associate Teachers hold a teaching certificate, it is not required.
Start Date:Depending upon applicant availability (ideally between December 13 - January 2)
Help provide authentic, differentiated learning experiences that build essential academic skills for each student
Build students’ confidence and self-esteem as you come to know them as learners and individuals
Practice and model respect for individual differences, learning styles and rates of learning
Encourage the development of shared community values, such as honesty, kindness and respect
Maintain a cordial, flexible, and professional relationship with colleagues and parents
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Strong math and reading skills to help support children’s learning in the classroom
Sufficient technology skills to help with organization, publishing student work, developing curricular materials, conducting research, etc.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
Working with students in small groups and in one on one settings
Providing and preparing instruction for multiple levels of mathematics to small or large groups of students
Supervising the playground, implementing recess rules and discipline
Providing timely feedback to lead teacher concerning students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic progress
Reviewing, commenting, and grading student work accurately, professionally and in a timely manner
Assisting with administrative responsibilities such as photocopying, mounting displays, filing student work, etc.
Taking initiative with the tasks that keep a classroom running smoothly
Attending class daytime field trips
Attending required in service days, meetings, seminars and training sessions
Attending and participating in school events
Assuming the Lead Teacher role when necessary
Assisting with applicant visits on selected weekend days in February or March
Maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
Engaging in self-assessment and working toward professional goals
Extended Day Enrichment Program:
Associate Teachers participate in the Extended Day Enrichment Program (EDEP) by helping to cover EDEP and Study Hall shifts when a co-worker is absent. Associate Teachers may be asked to supervise for one day per week, for one quarter. The before school program begins at 7:15 AM. EDEP is an important part of the students’ day and provides an opportunity to work with a broader age range of students.
Compensation & Benefits:
This is an exempt, faculty position, not eligible for overtime. Work schedule, not including EDEP, is generally 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Tuesdays until 5:00 PM for faculty meetings.
First year pay is $30,000 paid over 10 months (September-June) and will be prorated for a mid-year hire. This position is eligible for full-time benefits, including school provided medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage. Eligible employees also have the chance to make pretax contributions to the 403(b) retirement savings plan and flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses. The school is not easily accessible by public transportation.
Please email your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, and three professional references. Please be sure your resume includes your email address.
Applicants who do not use the specific subject line will not be able to be considered for the position.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law. We urge minority applicants and applicants with non-traditional backgrounds to apply.
Open Window School, an independent K-8 school serving intellectually gifted students, is is located in Bellevue/Issaquah, Washington and is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Founded in 1983 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is, to use the school’s motto, a place “Where Students Love to Learn.” Current enrollment is 320 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.