Open Window School seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced full-time K-8 Physical Education Teacher for the 2017-2018 school-year. Preference will be given to candidates who have three or more years of relevant teaching experience, a valid State of Washington teaching certificate, and background working in independent schools.
This full-time position involves teaching kindergarten through eighth grade classes. Other responsibilities include participation in weekly department and faculty meetings, coaching, and attendance at some evening and overnight activities.
A successful candidate will be able to inspire bright students with a creative and innovative curriculum. An understanding of and appreciation for the developmental needs of students is essential. Class sizes are typically limited to 16-20 students
Physical education at Open Window School is a body-centered rather than activity-centered approach. We use activities, games, sports, tumbling, yoga, martial arts, and dance to learn about the human body, human health, and human movement potential. The activities are mere lenses we use to focus on ourselves to better understand the functions of the human form. In kindergarten through fourth grade, physical education emphasizes fitness, coordination, agility, communication, cooperation, creativity and fun.
Students in middle school focus on establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyle choices. Students better understand human bodies and human movement potential by reviewing skeletal anatomy, learning muscular anatomy and undertaking various diverse activities, sports and challenges. Emphasis is placed on maintaining cooperative, supportive attitudes and habits, even in competition, and developing autonomy in training and playing.
Current activities include:
- Concussion Training and Basic First Aid
- Cooperation in Competition
- Dance and Movement
- Equipment Manipulation as Extension of Self
- Fitness, Coordination, and Agility
- Leadership and Advocacy in Athletics
- Muscular Anatomy (and Skeletal Review)
- Obstacle Courses and Parkour Training
- Teamwork, Trust, and Communication
- Yoga and Martial Arts
In addition to their grade level physical education courses, middle school students have the opportunity to take additional movement courses as part of the arts elective program. This provides the teacher with an opportunity to develop more specific and unique curriculum focused on students of high interest.
Open Window School is the only Seattle-area Eastside independent school dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children. We provide a nurturing, stimulating environment where children are supported emotionally and socially as well as intellectually and academically. Total K-8 enrollment is currently 320 students.
Open Window School teachers enjoy a competitive salary based on the Bellevue Public School District. Eligible employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package, which includes school provided medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage. Eligible employees also have the opportunity 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.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
For more information about our school, visit www.openwindowschool.org.
Please email your resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position. Three to five professional references may be requested during the interview process.
Email – Jobs@OWS.org
Subject Line: PE
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 encourage minority applicants and applicants with non-traditional backgrounds to apply.