Open Window School is welcoming applications for a First Grade Lead Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a rare opportunity for a talented, innovative, energetic, experienced teacher to implement a program that is, at once, challenging, stimulating and nurturing.
Open Window is a K-8 school and the only independent school on Seattle’s Eastside dedicated to meeting the needs of intellectually gifted students. Our faculty members enjoy a climate of superb collaboration and professional dialogue in fulfillment of our school’s Core Values:
Teaching - We have passionate, caring teachers who "get" gifted children.
Authenticity - We challenge, support, and trust students to do real work that matters and has an impact beyond the classroom.
Love of Learning - We engage our students' curiosity, cultivate their passions, and encourage intellectual risk-taking within a supportive peer group.
Social and Emotional Learning - We support the unique needs of gifted students through an intentional program of social and emotional learning.
Community - Open Window is a diverse and welcoming community, united in supporting our children and families.
Candidates for this position must hold a valid teaching credential.
Strong candidates have successfully demonstrated:
Three+ years teaching in the primary grades, preferably Kindergarten and/or First Grade
Teaching math that is student-centered and conceptual
Strong literacy background
Understanding of the social-emotional needs of gifted 1st graders
Differentiating instruction, preferably in an independent school setting
Desirable candidates will also have experience:
Utilizing technology, including 1:1 iPads as a tool for knowledge construction
Familiarity with 21st Century Learning design
To support the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school, candidates must have experience working with a culturally diverse community.
1st Grade classrooms have 20 students, a Lead Teacher, and an Associate Teacher. There are two classes per grade level: kindergarten through fourth grade. Lead Teachers work collaboratively and with the assistance of the Associate Teachers. Classrooms accommodate a wide range of skills through differentiated instruction. Students typically work one to three levels beyond grade level. Our goal is to challenge children at the academic level they need while nurturing their growth socially and emotionally in a supportive, developmentally appropriate environment.
Our teachers enjoy a competitive salary based on the Bellevue Public School District. 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.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for this position, a resume, and three professional references. No phone calls, please.
Subject Line: FirstGrade2018 – “your last name”
Applicants who do not use the specific subject line will not be able to be considered for the position.
About Open Window School
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.