Open Position: Kindergarten Classroom Instructional Assistant
Direct Reports: N/A
Reports to: Director of the Early Learning Center
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
When Needed: 2020-2021 School 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 a full-time Instructional Assistant committed to our mission of developing responsible citizens of a global society. Under minimal supervision, you will assist in a Kindergarten classroom. Working side by side with the Kindergarten Teacher the Instructional Assistant will support student learning. This position may also provide supervision during recess, lunch, and extended day. 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
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer
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 360 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Collaborates with the Kindergarten Teacher to plan and implement a cognitively challenging and developmentally appropriate program using best practices and theories of constructivist education.
Familiarity with Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Workshop, Fountas and Pinnelle’s Guided Reading, Math in Focus, Handwriting Without Tears, and/or Responsive Classroom is preferred.
Becomes familiar with the continuum of the Early Learning Center’s program and related resources and materials so that s/he can actively assist and/or teach in all learning activities.
Works with students in small groups, individually, or as a whole class, interested in taking the responsibility for leading the class at times
Supports remote instruction both on-campus and off-campus
Works with the Kindergarten Teacher in developing a management style that encourages a positive and respectful environment
Assists in general supervision in the classroom
Supervises the playground, following established recess rules and discipline, and reporting notable student behaviors
Supervises the lunchroom, following established rules and discipline, reporting notable student behaviors and monitoring the cleanliness of the area.
Performs general duties as assigned by the Kindergarten Teacher and Division Director(s)
Communicates regularly with the teachers and plans together in order to understand how to best use his/her skills and meet the needs of students
Assists with administrative tasks such as copying, mounting displays, preparing centers, arranging classroom materials, collating documents, etc.
Remains informed about events and developments at the school through the weekly newsletters of teachers and through the STS News and other bulletins.
Performs such tasks and duties as assigned that would be generally within those functions to be expected at a school or as mutually agreeable between the Instructional Assistant and the teachers or administration
Shows initiative by asking for assignments that would expand performance and capability, under the direction of the teachers and/or administration
If qualified, provides substitution in the classrooms for absent teachers in emergencies.
Participates in beginning and end of year Professional Development days
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
Attends and participates in the following: Chapel, parent and student assemblies, and other school functions as appropriate
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, Training & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or a related field from a 4-year college or university required
Washington State Teacher Certification preferred
1-2+ years of combined teaching experience in and early childhood/K-3 setting preferred
Previous experience working with children (classroom, summer camp, tutoring)
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Understands the developmental stages of children ages 3-6 7
Knowledge of current learning theories and trends in instruction, child development, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the design and implementation of children’s learning experiences
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Flexibility to work with a number of teachers and administrators in an ever changing environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
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, collaborate, and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work, collaborate, and communicate well with students and their parents
Some travel required (field trips)
If this sounds like you, we'd like to hear from you! Please visit our careers website. 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 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.
About St. Thomas School
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 over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.