The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to approximately 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members.
The Northwest School is committed to providing all members of our community with the tools to navigate the challenges of their lives with health (both mental and physical), wellness and balance. To that end we offer a 6th though 12th grade wellness curriculum through our advisory program, integrate with faculty professional development, and weave elements like mindfulness and self-care throughout our middle school PE curriculum and other classes. The anchor for this program at the high school level is our 9th grade Health and Fitness class where students are immersed in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be healthy and fit. We are seeking an applicant committed to this mission and ready to be immersed in this challenging work. Applicants must have the knowledge and skills to both teach the content and guide students to apply it in their lives. We are looking for a model and leader, for both students and faculty, as we continue to grow this program and make it integral to the life of our school.
The Northwest School seeks a full time PE, Health, and Wellness Teacher who will instruct Middle School and 9th grade students beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Essential Functions Include:
Teach 2 sections of a progressive, proactive 9th grade health and fitness program. Health content includes: Mindfulness, Stress Management, Eating and Nutrition, Sex Positive Sex Education, Norms Based Drug and Alcohol Education, Mental Health/Illness (with strong focus on stigma), Habits/Willpower/Change and other topics aimed at building a toolkit for healthy practices. Fitness content includes: Anatomy, biology and chemistry of energy, aerobic, muscular, neuromuscular, etc. systems and how strength, fitness, coordination, power, is developed. Other areas of focus include: Injury prevention, motivation, recovery, myofascial, and balance.
Teach 2 sections of a Middle School PE, Health, and Wellness Classes. Students choose their classes and spend approximately one third of the year in each class.
Many middle school classes have a team sport focus – Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and Track and Field. Teachers of these classes work as both teacher and coach, delivering PE, health and wellness content within the context of a team sport. Duties include coaching games and parent communication.
Other classes are also built around a focus – Indoor bouldering, martial arts, yoga, circus arts, urban hiking etc. and also deliver PE, health and wellness content within the context of a class. Teachers of these classes are responsible for developing focus and arranging logistics needed for class.
Serve as an advisor to a group of students by guiding their social and academic progress.
Coordinate curricula with other PE, Health, and Wellness teachers and grade level teachers.
Participate in a summit each year.
Participate fully in the life of the school which includes collaborating effectively and collegially with a teaching team, grade-level, and department; engage regularly in formal, ongoing professional development beyond school based in-service; support colleagues and the school by substituting for absent teachers; participate in meetings, committees, and community gatherings; and know, understand, and uphold the mission, philosophy and values of the school. All teachers contribute to the school mission and community with activities such as supporting student SEL, interest groups (clubs), social events, and grade level trips.