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Temporary-to-Permanent Assistant Teacher (Preschool), Full Time

Position Type Associate Teacher
Start 09/14/2020
School Name French American School of Puget Sound
City, State Mercer Island, WA 
Posted 09/08/2020

Position Title: Temporary Assistant Teacher (Preschool), Full Time

Temporary, with the possibility of becoming permanent

Reports to: Teacher

Position begins: immediately

Position ends: November 13, unless the position becomes permanent

Hours for this position are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience; benefits are included.

Workload will not exceed 35 hours/week including classroom preparation, student supervision, and occasional meetings.


Assistant Teachers play an important role by working in partnership with both the French program teacher and English program teacher. The Assistant Teacher needs to be bilingual in French and English. Assistant Teachers help to implement the curriculum, provide supervision, and maintain the classroom. They should be aware of, support, comply with, and implement all school and personnel policies and procedures as described in the Employee Handbook.


Previous experience in education is a plus.

A minimum of a 30 hours of basic STARS training or willingness to obtain within 6 months

Must have First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen training or willingness to obtain within 6 months.

WA State Food Handler Permit

Negative TB Test

Applicants must pass the Department of Children, Youth, and Families background check.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow DEL requirements
  • Follow instructions given by the teachers of the French and English programs.
  • Assist the teacher during emergency procedures, (i.e. earthquake, lockdown, fire drill)
  • Stay with the students at all times
  • Demonstrate responsible behavior towards attendance and work schedule
  • Be knowledgeable of and follow School policies and procedures as described in the Employee Handbook
  • Assist in preparing the learning environment, setting up activity centers and preparing needed material and supplies in advance as instructed by the teacher. Class preparation is done at a time when the Employee in not responsible for supervising the students.
  • Assist students in following programs, strategies, exercises, and materials identified/developed and introduced by the teacher
  • Provide feedback to the supervisory teacher on his/her observations of students
  • Help implement the teacher’s goals for the class community, as well as the teacher’s goals for the social and emotional development of the children
  • Promote an atmosphere of respect for students and adults
  • Promote and apply positive discipline strategies
  • Respect and promote the mission and philosophy of the school
  • Supervise students in all areas of the building and playground, implement recess rules and discipline, and report notable student behaviors
  • Practice appropriate and effective classroom management techniques
  • Supervise field trips
  • Assist with tasks such as copying, displays, etc.
  • Prepare student snacks
  • Attend required in-service days, meetings, and training sessions
  • Keep current on courses required by State Licensing (i.e., DCYF, First Aid, Communicable Diseases, etc.)

Participate in school events: curriculum night and performances

Physical Demands / Work Environment

  • Work is primarily performed in the school environment. The school is dynamic with a high level of activity. Work may also be performed at other sites for field trips.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Stand up to 95% of the day
  • Assume postures in low level positions that best allow physical and visual contact with children
  • Must be able to sustain a high level of energy
  • Bend to perform various tasks numerous times throughout the day
  • Stoop, sit on the floor
  • Must be able to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations
  • Perform all activities with children (i.e., jump, dance, walk, run, etc.) for extended periods of time
  • Must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities in order to monitor the environment and children's wellbeing

Depending upon activities and season, may be required to be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities.

To apply please send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, a resume, and three professional references to Clarisse Loiseau, Lower School Head at careers@fasps.org. Applications that do not include these requested items may not be considered for the position.

No phone calls please.

Our Mission: What We Do

We challenge students to excel academically and thrive in French, American, and international cultures.

Our Vision: Why We Do It

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

Our Core Values

The core values that guide our work and reflect what we strive to nurture in our students include: Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Agility, and Community.

The French American School of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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