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Early Childhood Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/23/2021
School Name St. Thomas School
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 02/19/2021

Title: Early Childhood Teacher

Supervises: N/A

Reports to: Director of the Early Learning Center

FLSA Status: Exempt

When Needed: 2021-2022 Academic Year

I’ve never felt so empowered.”
-STS employee

Are you a dynamic, highly motivated educator that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?

Do you want to shape tomorrow’s leaders by having the opportunity to play a role in determining the school’s climate and collaborate with colleagues to decide what and how you will teach?

If so, we have the perfect role for you!

We are seeking an Early Childhood Teacher committed to our mission of developing responsible citizens of a global society. You will support students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles and will abide by our Framework for Professional Standards.

Who We Are

  • Non-Sectarian
  • Independent
  • Preschool – Eighth Grade

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary
  • Robust benefits package
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Extraordinary work environment

St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves about 370 students and boasts a 70,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus. St. Thomas School invites, welcomes, and celebrates diverse cultures, individuals, experiences, and perspectives within our school community and the world beyond our doors.

Job Summary:

Under minimal supervision, provides an exemplary instructional experience in the classroom for preschool students, and supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles. Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements a cognitively challenging program with an emphasis on early literacy, utilizing best early childhood practices, theories of constructivist education, and the early childhood programs from Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach
  • Develops and maintains supportive, cooperative relationships with families
  • Engages in continued professional development in early childhood best practices
  • Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member and within the context of a continuous program, age 30 months through 8th grade

General Responsibilities:

  • Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
  • Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Education & Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in early childhood education expertise or related areas from a four-year college or university required
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT) Registration
  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Washington State Teacher Certification preferred
  • 3+ years of combined teaching experience in an early childhood setting required
  • Experience in developing and writing curriculum

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Expertise in early childhood education, including best early childhood practices, theories of constructivist education, and the early childhood programs from Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach
  • Familiarity with current learning theories and basic principles of human growth and development and ability to consider them in the design and implementation of learning experiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
  • Ability to manage the non-instructional human dynamics in the educational setting
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
  • Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
  • Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
  • Ability to work outside in all weather
  • Some travel required (field trips)

If this sounds like you, please visit our careers website and complete our online employment application. Then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this position.


Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.

Position open until filled.

No phone calls or drop-ins please.

This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements

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