Open Window School is welcoming applications for a Middle School Science Teacher (7th-8th grades) for the 2019-2020 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.
Open Window is currently aligning its middle school science program with Next Generation Science Standards. Classes are typically limited to 16-18 students and have both a Lead Teacher (this position) and a dedicated Associate Teacher to aid in differentiation of the curriculum. Topics and themes include:
7th Grade – Chemistry (Atomic Theory, Chemical Reactions, and Bonding), Astronomy (Star Cycle and Element Formation), Neuroscience
8th Grade –Biology, (Biochemistry, Organisms and Cells, Photosynthesis, selected body systems (e.g., Nervous and Cardiovascular Systems), Genetics, Populations and Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforest of Costa Rica (field research and observations)
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate previous experience:
Inspiring bright students with a creative and innovative curriculum
Understanding of and appreciation for the developmental needs of adolescents
Experience in the use of technology for instruction
Creativity, differentiation, and acceleration with a defined yet flexible curriculum
Combining traditional math instruction with interdisciplinary STEM activities
Strong candidates will have:
Valid teaching certificate from Washington or another state
Experience working with gifted students
Experience with an Advisory program
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.
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current or prior job. If necessary, candidates can draw upon their experience in community organizations if professional experience is limited.
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Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply on line, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320. No phone calls, please.
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.
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 340 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.