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Associate Teachers

Position Type Associate Teacher
Start 08/17/2020
School Name Little School, The
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 05/18/2020

The Little School is looking for dynamic teachers to work in associate roles in partnership with our elementary teaching teams. The Associate Teacher program is bringing The Little School back to its roots as a place to nurture progressive educators in the early years of their careers. Associates receive training and support both from their teaching teams and from school leadership using an apprenticeship model. Learning goals are individualized with Associate Teachers achieving their professional goals in one to three years.

Our Mission

The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Job Description

The Little School serves approximately 160 children, ages 3-11, on a 12.5-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. We seek candidates who understand and appreciate the power of childhood and children as unique individuals learning in a social context. This is a full-time 10-month position, scheduled around the school day with before-school and after-school responsibilities. Associate Teachers collaborate in multiple classrooms at a level and are involved in planning, professional development activities, and all aspects of campus life. The position begins August 17, 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the social, emotional, and academic growth of students using principles of developmentally appropriate practice
  • Engage in ongoing collaboration and communication with lead teachers to develop effective work plans, schedules, and regular responsibilities
  • Support the design of classroom routines and behavioral expectations so as to work effectively as a teaching team
  • Work with students individually, in small groups and as a whole class
  • Independently supervise lunch and outside time, maintaining appropriate limits and boundaries, and engaging with students in ways that promote outside time as an extension of the classroom
  • Maintain inviting, intentional and organized classroom spaces
  • Learn and grow professional skills, maintaining an authentic interest in being part of a passionate progressive educational community

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with elementary school age children
  • Prior experience working collaboratively with another adult in a school or similar setting
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field preferred
  • Fluency with classroom-based and distance-learning technology


Compensation will be based on candidate’s experience and background and is competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, a letter of interest and the names of three references to employment@thelittleschool.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Non-discrimination Statement
It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families, and staff. The Little School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. Furthermore, The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or family composition in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.

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