Open Window School nurtures and inspires students of high intellectual potential.
Open Window School (K-8, coed, 358 student day school) is seeking highly qualified candidates for its Temporary Lower School ITL Associate Teacher position.
Open Window is dedicated to serving gifted students. With a strong commitment to social-emotional learning, these exceptional young people are nurtured and inspired in both their academic and personal growth. Parents/guardians and students alike are quick to point out the strength in the faculty and the close relationships Open Window teachers forge with their students. Open Window students have true enthusiasm for deep and accelerated learning, with an emphasis on project-based initiatives with real world application. Innovation and risk taking are encouraged within a supportive environment. Open Window School graduates are empathetic, academically well-prepared, innovative problem solvers, purposeful global citizens with a commitment to equity and inclusion. This is a place where it is cool to be smart and the expectation is that our students will graduate and make a difference in high school and beyond.
Located on a beautiful campus in Bellevue, Washington, 10 miles from the center of downtown Seattle, Open Window benefits from its unique location; it is surrounded by woods right in the middle of one of the fastest growing metro populations in the country. The school enjoys a robust and growing pipeline of students which will continue to drive demand for the type of rich educational experience guided by Open Window’s mission and values.
Open Window School has an excellent opportunity for an individual to support grades K-4 curriculum and instruction as Lower School Innovation & Technology Associate Teacher in our fully outfitted Innovation & Technology Lab, a state-of the art innovation facility and fabrication lab for twenty first century learning.
This position is a temporary position and is anticipated to run from January to June, 2024.
The Lower School Innovation & Technology Associate Teacher will assist in teaching technology, computer science, engineering design, and maker skills, as well as collaborate with faculty to design and coordinate interdisciplinary activities to promote innovative learning. The ideal candidate will have a passion for making, design thinking, project-based learning, and STEM education as well as experience or interest in working in a student-centered, collaborative, and inquiry-based educational environment.
Major Areas of Responsibility/Specific Duties:
Build students’ confidence and self-esteem as you come to know them as learners and individuals
Practice and model respect for individual differences, learning styles and rates of learning
Encourage the development of shared community values, such as honesty, kindness and respect
Maintain a cordial, flexible, and professional relationship with colleagues and parents
Assist with the teaching of grades K-4 technology courses with a focus on computer programming, physical computing, engineering design, and making
Work collaboratively with teachers to develop integrated projects that incorporate principles of innovation and design into curriculum; co-lead and co-teach with teachers in the lab and classroom
Working with students in small groups and in one-on-one settings providing authentic, differentiated learning experiences that build essential academic skills for each student
Assist with the organization, maintenance, and inventory of hardware, software, and other materials in the Innovation & Technology Lab
Support classes, students, and teachers that use the Innovation & Technology Lab, ensuring safety of all makers in the space
Taking initiative with the tasks that keep a classroom running smoothly
Providing timely feedback to lead teacher concerning students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic progress
Reviewing, commenting, and grading student work accurately, professionally and in a timely manner
Supervising the playground, implementing recess rules and discipline
Attend required in service days, meetings, seminars and training sessions
Attend and participate in school events, sometimes in the evening
Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
Assume the Lead Innovation & Technology Teacher role when necessary
Qualities & Qualifications:
Associate’s or bachelor’s degree and/or relevant experience
Experience working with elementary school students, preferably in a classroom setting
An interest in project-based learning, design thinking, and STEM education
Facility at mastering and teaching technology and techniques
Creative, resourceful, adaptive, and flexible
An interest in the social-emotional development of children
Supportive of the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school
Dedication to our mission, in which we inspire and nurture students of high intellectual potential and to promoting our core values: Bobcats are Kind, Inclusive, Respectful and Responsible.
Ability to work independently, collegially, and collaboratively. Positive team member.
Demonstrate a warm, engaging demeanor towards families, colleagues, and public.
Experience with intellectually gifted children a plus
Teaching certificate or coursework relevant to child development or education a plus
Before School Program:
Associate Teachers supervise one day per week during the school year. They may also be asked to cover for an absent coworker. The before school program begins at 7:15 AM. The before/after school program is an important part of the students’ day and provides an opportunity to work with a broader age range of students.
Start Date: January 2024, this position is a temporary position and is anticipated to run from January to June, 2024.
Position Classification: Temporary, Exempt, Full Time, benefit eligible
Hours: 8am – 4pm, 5pm on Tuesdays (not including Before Care). Occasional weekend and evening work required.
Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (paid 100% for employee only coverage)
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below on our Career Opportunities website. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
How would you define diversity?
Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current or prior job. If necessary, candidates can draw upon their experience in community organizations if professional experience is limited.
Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply online, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law.
Open Window School, an independent K-8 school serving intellectually gifted students, is is located in Bellevue/Issaquah, Washington and is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Founded in 1983 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is, to use the school’s motto, a place “Where Students Love to Learn.” Current enrollment is 340 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.