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7th & 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/17/2020
School Name Westside School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 01/28/2020

Middle School (7th & 8th grade) Language Arts Teacher
(10 months 1.0 FTE)

Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside faculty are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. Our academic structure places a high value on integrated curriculum and project-based learning, with intentional administrative support. At Westside School, we value different backgrounds and ideas. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 330 students in preschool through eighth grade. Westside’s Middle School serves 140 students in 5th-8th grade, and is organized into two grade-level teams comprised of 5 teachers who collaborate to both implement and design meaningful curriculum.

The Middle School (7th & 8th grade) Language Arts Teacher participates in the life of the school, attending in-service days and school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision, and values of Westside School.

Reports to: Middle School Head

Key responsibilities of this role will include:
  • Perpetuate a highly engaged student and faculty culture, characterized by high expectations and a strong sense of community.
  • Teaching two sections each of seventh and eighth grade Language Arts
  • Differentiating instruction to serve both high achievers and those needing extra support.
  • Serving as an advisor to a small group of seventh and eighth grade students.
  • Participating in outdoor excursions in both the fall and spring trimesters.
  • Attending faculty and community meetings and participating fully in the life of the school.

Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:

  • Language Arts teaching experience in the middle school grades.
  • A degree in education, literature, writing, or related field.
  • Masters Degree preferred.
  • Fluency in a variety of instructional techniques and approaches.
  • Experience in developing curriculum and differentiating instruction to serve both high achievers and those needing extra support.
  • Understanding of high school Language Arts curricula, and what it means to prepare middle schoolers to be successful in high school.
  • Compassion for the social and emotional needs of adolescents.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with colleagues including the desire to plan integrative curriculum experiences across disciplines.
  • Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff.
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents.
  • An expressed effort to collaborate with colleagues, accept feedback, and conduct oneself in a professional manner.
  • A positive attitude and sense of humor.

Start Date: August 17, 2020

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Westside School offers a generous benefits package to full-time employees.

Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter, with three professional references, to employment@westsideschool.org

Westside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Westside School's Diversity Statement: Westside School is committed to promoting inclusiveness, diversity and cultural competence in its education, employment practices, school community and governance. It views inclusiveness as a fundamental value, diversity as a key element and cultural competence as a vital skill necessary to prepare students to participate in and contribute to a global society. Westside uses the term, diversity, broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of individuals, families and communities.

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