Open Positions: Kindergarten Classroom Instructional Assistant
Direct Reports: N/A
Reports to: Director of the Early Learning Center
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
When Needed: 2023-24 School Year
Pay rate: $27.99/hour
Who We Are:
Founded in 1951 and located on the east side of Seattle in Medina, Washington, STS is a private, non-sectarian school for Preschool through Eighth Grade students. Our educational journey is defined by a cognitively engaging program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our highly regarded curriculum prepared students to excel at future endeavors while honoring the schools long-standing core values.
We commit to an inclusive and diverse community in which everyone can say, "I belong."We seek employees who are passionate, qualified and offer diverse perspectives. We are particularly interested in the role education and a diverse learning environment play in promoting equity and inclusivity.
A diverse, safe, and equitable school environment
Actions and advocacy that support our Core Virtues
Cultural competence, anti-bias, and social justice
Intellectually curious and engaged in global citizenship
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 Writing Workshop, Fountas and Pinnelles Guided Reading, Eureka2 Math, Handwriting Without Tears, and Responsive Classroom is preferred.
Becomes familiar with the continuum of the Early Learning Centers 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
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.
Provides staffing to Schools Extended Day Program
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
Enthusiastically engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the schools 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 schools documents
Since safety and security are everyones responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Health Savings Account
Dependent Care Spending Account
Winter Wellness Days (between Dec 25 and Jan 1)
If this sounds like you, we'd like to hear from you. Please click go to Apply Now on 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.
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.
Required Education, Training & Experience:
Bachelors degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or a related field from a 4-year college or university required
Washington State Teacher Certification preferred
Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families Managed Education & Registry Information Tool (MERIT) Registration
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 3-7 years old
Knowledge of current learning theories and trends in instruction, child development, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the design and implementation of childrens 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
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.