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English Teacher and Student Advisor

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/17/2020
School Name Explorer West Middle School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 02/14/2020

Job Announcement: English Teacher and Student Advisor

Explorer West redefines the middle school experience – offering rigorous academics and a diverse range of enrichment programs in a small, vibrant learning environment. Explorer West was founded in 1996 and today enrolls 105-110 students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Located in West Seattle, the school’s award-winning sustainability and outdoor education programs inspire adolescents to learn how they can positively impact their environment and community. Explorer West graduates become adventurous and confident leaders who flourish, both academically and socially, wherever they go.

We seek an experienced and passionate educator to join our faculty as an English Teacher and Student Advisor. This is a unique opportunity to join a small, creative team of educators who are committed to helping middle school students recognize and develop their own capacity. Our new English teacher will support students in finding meaning and enjoyment from literature, and in developing their ability to express themselves confidently, creatively, and effectively through the written and spoken word.

Principal Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach English to all 7th and 8th graders (four sections total);
  • Build upon our existing English curriculum to deliver a culturally relevant, engaging program that harnesses student enthusiasm;
  • Serve as advisor to a mixed-grade group of approximately 14 students;
  • In collaboration with other faculty and the Head of School, update the English department’s Scope and Sequence regularly;
  • Collaborate with other faculty to ensure intentional and effective vertical alignment, and horizontal integration, of the curriculum;
  • Handle class discipline effectively and comfortably, while being responsive to the diversity of students’ needs;
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the families of students and advisees, keeping parents and guardians fully informed about a student’s academic and social strengths and challenges;
  • Maintain effective methods of assessment, and write effective narrative evaluations twice a year;
  • Work closely and communicate regularly with other faculty, advisors, and the Head of School, about all student issues and especially about those students who are having academic difficulties;
  • Attend and participate fully in Student/Family Conferences twice a year;
  • Attend and participate fully in the weekly faculty meeting;
  • Take an active and lively role in the life of the school and the Explorer West community, by attending school events and getting to know students and families;
  • Participate in the Outdoor Education program to the fullest extent possible;
  • Contribute to the well being of the school program and community by taking on other tasks as needed.

Desired Characteristics, Skills, and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong support for the Explorer West mission and program, and a demonstrated ability to embody the values that define our school culture: personal and community responsibility, integrity, creativity and inquiry, confidence, and respect.
  • A warm and engaging personality, an appreciation for (and delight in working with) 11- through 14-year-olds, cultural competence, and the ability and desire to connect with all members of a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to each student’s social, emotional, and academic growth;
  • Deep knowledge and excitement for the subject area, including opportunities to integrate with other disciplines;
  • Flexibility, and a willingness to learn and try new things;
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Master’s degree and/or WA State Teaching Certification are preferred;
  • Several years classroom teaching experience, including some experience with middle school students.


Salaried based on experience, plus full medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to info@explorer-west.org.

Our Mission

Explorer West Middle School embraces the energy and enthusiasm of our diverse young people on the journey to adulthood. As a small and inclusive environment, we view adolescence as a unique window of opportunity to build a community with strong academic skills, creative expression, and character development required for a sustainable future.

Learn more about Explorer West Middle School: www.explorer-west.org

Explorer West Middle School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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