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Secondary Humanities Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/20/2020
School Name French American School of Puget Sound
City, State Mercer Island, WA 
Posted 02/13/2020

The Mission of the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) is to challenge students to excel academically and thrive in French, American, and international cultures.

Our Vision is to inspire the next generation of global citizens to learn, understand, and act wisely in a multicultural world.

Our Core Values, which guide our work and shape our students' educational experience, are excellence, integrity, cultural agility, and community.

Our teachers

  • Collaborate
  • Communicate
  • Foster relationships
  • Take initiatives
  • Innovate
  • And most of all, enjoy teaching

The position is a full time (100%) annual position.

The teacher reports to the Division Head or Head of School

The duties are:

  • Ensure student safety at all times
  • Teach every student
  • Prepare classes, participate in curriculum development and harmonization with colleagues
  • Supervise every student during teaching times
  • Supervise students during recesses and lunches assigned
  • Participate in meetings
  • Participate in events or educational trips
  • Participate in student life
  • Hold an advisory role

All duties above are included in the teacher contract. A schedule of meetings is provided to teachers.

More specifically, in addition to the general FASPS Teacher Job Description, the Secondary Humanities Teacher will:

  • Align teaching to English Language Arts, Literature and Social Studies (humanities) learning objectives such as NCTE, the Common Core and/or other reputable sources.
  • Harmonize these objectives with the French National Education competencies when collaborating with colleagues of other subject areas, showing a particular regard for language, literature and social studies components
  • Have an interest in teaching in a bilingual, multicultural environment
  • Put in place class management and project organization
  • Incorporate positive discipline strategies and/or restorative practices
  • Stay informed of current trends in language, literature and social studies, and share them with students, inspiring innovation
  • Impart a personal passion for the public speaking, reading, writing and creative work
  • Rely on knowledge of pedagogical practices to differentiate, engage in portfolio work, interdisciplinary learning and learn in mixed age groups
  • Use varied assessment models adapted to the subject of humanities, and according the FASPS Assessment Policy
  • Respect Middle School guidelines and deadlines for assessing and reporting
  • Communicate with families through a variety of forums
  • Organize field trips within Seattle area and beyond
  • Use knowledge of pedagogical practices, portfolio design, interdisciplinary learning and mixed age groups
  • Leverage technology in the classroom
  • Show engagement in collaboration and teamwork
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of space and storage
  • Place orders to keep stock in place according to project needs
  • Ability to do the duties assigned

Other Desired Skills and/or Interests

  • Bilingual or multilingual
  • Interest or experience with Yearbook creation
  • Interest or experience with WA State History Requirement
  • Interest or experience with journalism or school newspaper
  • Interest or experience with film and/or drama


Applicants should have at least three years of grade level teaching experience, a desire to be part of an internationally diverse community of teachers and learners, and a willingness to adapt to the unique program at FASPS. A Washington State teaching certificate is not required. Successful candidates will be passionate about working with students, have knowledge of current educational practices and strategies and be able to use flexible and innovative pedagogical techniques appropriate to a variety of learning styles.

Bilingual skills to include French are a plus. The ability to be employed in the United States and to pass a background check are required.

Required language: English

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Stacy Chandler, Middle School Head


3795 East Mercer Way

Mercer Island, Washington 98040

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