Early Childhood Teacher - Kindergarten

Posted: 05/03/17 | SHARE:


St. Thomas School is an innovative independent school, and is one of the Microsoft Showcase schools. 

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

If so, we have the perfect role for you!

We are seeking a talented, compassionate, and dynamic Early Childhood Teacher to help us advance our vision of being a recognized leader in early childhood through 8th Grade education. You would work full-time in the Early Learning Center (ELC), which includes Preschool (ages 2.5 – 3), Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4-5), and Kindergarten, (ages 5-6). The current opening is for a Kindergarten teacher. We are looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team. We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching Early Childhood Education and who is passionate about teaching to pre-school aged children and enhancing student life. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you! Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. STS offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.

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, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. 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 over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.

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
  • Remains informed about events and developments at the school through the weekly newsletters of teachers and through the Office News and other bulletins
  • Registers with the Department of Early Learning Merit system and maintains Merit records in compliance the licensing of the Extended Day and Early Learning Center programs
  • Participates in beginning and end of year Professional Development day
  • Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
  • 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, elementary education expertise or related areas from a four-year college or university required
  • 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, kindergarten or first grade preferred
  • 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 Lucy Calkins' Writers and Readers Workshop, Fountas and Pinnelle's Guided Reading, Math in Focus, Handwriting without Tears, and/or Responsive Classroom is preferred
  • 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 click on Apply for this Position, follow the instructions to complete our online employment application, then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position. Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School.

Position open until filled. No phone calls 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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