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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.

It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families, and staff. 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.​​ The Little School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Thank you for your interest in The Little School. We regularly hire for lead teachers, associate teachers, Extended Day and Summer Camp staff between March and August. If you are interested in any of those positions, please send a resume, letter of interest and three professional references to employment@thelittleschool.org. Materials are reviewed as they are received, and we will reach out to qualified applicants as open positions are posted.

In addition, if you are interested in being part of our sub-pool, please send your resume and a letter of interest to employment@thelittleschool.org. 

Associate Teacher

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.

Job Description

The Little School serves approximately 180 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 position beginning August 2021, 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 Little School aims to build a diverse teaching staff that reflects the mix of local and international students and families in our school community. Candidates of color (BIPOC) and candidates with international experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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.

 

Elementary Teacher

The Little School has a full-time elementary school teacher position open, beginning in August of 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for educators committed to progressive education in a school with a long history of progressive education ideals and practices that serve the whole child. The Little School serves approximately 180 children ages 3-11 on a 12.5-acre wooded campus in Bellevue filled with inspiring child-centered learning spaces inside and outside. We are seeking candidates who are able to carry out powerful, culturally responsive instruction that is driven by curiosity and inquiry and that balances academic and social emotional learning. We hire teachers committed to collaborative teaching within a vibrant adult learning community.

Requirements

Elementary school experience (preferably 5 + years working with K-5th grade), bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) and teaching certificate

Job Description

  • Plan and implement integrated curriculum, rich learning tasks and activities and authentic learning objectives in the areas of academic, emotional, social and physical growth.  
  • Use outdoor learning spaces as extension of the classroom; planning instruction and experiences outdoors every day.
  • Structure and lead the classroom to provide engaging instruction, nurture positive relationships and community and establish a safe, warm, responsive environment for learning.
  • Work collaboratively and productively with teachers, teaching assistants and administrators.
  • Use observation skills and curricular frameworks to assess children's learning and behavior, maintain anecdotal records about their progress, write narrative reports and identify short-term and long-term learning goals.
  • Work directly with parents, providing verbal and written updates; conduct home visits and conferences with families.
  • Document, write and speak professionally about the program and children's work: write weekly newsletters; present at parent education events, actively participate in professional associations; and engage with prospective students and families.
  • Convey understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, equity, inclusion and social justice; integrate these ideals in curriculum, teaching and communication with children, families and colleagues.

Physical Requirement and Working Conditions:

  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat; stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Work outdoors on a regular basis, no matter the weather.
  • Work and attend various events that take place on evenings and weekends.

Compensation

Compensation includes competitive faculty salary, health, vision, dental and retirement benefits.

 

To Apply

Submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible: Resume, letter of interest and three references.