Reports to:Director of the Early Learning Center and Extended Day or Director of the Elementary Center
When Needed: 2019 – 2020 Academic Year
“I’ve never felt so empowered.” -STS employee
Are you a talented, highly motivated educator that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?
Do you want to shape tomorrow’s leaders by having the opportunity to play a role in determining the school’s climate and collaborate with colleagues to decide what and how you will teach?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
We are seeking a full-time Early Learning Center Teacher to help us advance our vision of being a recognized leader in early childhood through 8th Grade education. We’re looking for an individual who adapts quickly to changing circumstances, works effectively independently as well as part of a team, and who is passionate about supporting student learning.
Who We Are
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer
Robust Benefits Package
Professional Development Opportunities
Extraordinary Work Environment
St. Thomas School, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 360 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Under minimal supervision, provides an exemplary instructional experience in the classroom for students, and supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles. Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards.
Plans and implements a cognitively challenging program with an emphasis on early literacy, utilizing best early childhood practices, theories of constructivist education, and the early childhood programs from Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach
Develops and maintains supportive, cooperative relationships with families
Engages in continued professional development in early childhood best practices
Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member and within the context of a continuous program, age 30 months through 8th grade
Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
A Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in early childhood education expertise or related areas from a four-year college or university required
Washington State Department of Early Learning Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT) Registration
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Washington State Teacher Certification preferred
3+ years of combined teaching experience in an early childhood setting required
Experience in developing and writing curriculum
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Expertise in early childhood education, including best early childhood practices, theories of constructivist education, and the early childhood programs from Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach
Familiarity with current learning theories and basic principles of human growth and development and ability to consider them in the design and implementation of learning experiences
Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
Ability to manage the non-instructional human dynamics in the educational setting
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Ability to work outside in all weather
Some travel required (field trips)
If this sounds like you, please visit our careers website and complete our online application, and upload your résumé, and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop ins please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.