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Lower School Homeroom Teacher

Website Charles Wright Academy

Salary Range:
$60,000.00 To 80,000.00 Annually

Charles Wright Academy (CWA) is a co-educational, non-religious, independent school located in University Place, WA. Charles Wright Academy is located on a beautiful, green, and sprawling 107-acre campus that includes athletic fields and more than 60 acres of gorgeous Pacific Northwest forests that also serve as an extension of our proper academic campus. Our educational philosophy of experiential learning includes unique daily opportunities for wilderness exploration, hiking, birding, wildlife observations, gardening, nature habitat sketch subjects for art studies, local biological science exploration, conservation work, farming, and more.


The only completely co-educational, independent, and non-religious school serving students in preschool through grade 12 in the South Sound area, CWA provides a challenging and nurturing environment with college preparatory academics and robust programming that prepare students to thrive and successfully launch into college and beyond. A wide array of experiential education, artistic, athletic, travel, and service opportunities promote students’ social-emotional development and provide students avenues to discover and pursue their passions. A culture that values self-expression, appropriate autonomy, and exploration of their authentic selves, students are nurtured, encouraged, mentored, and supported by a highly-qualified and experienced faculty that share collective institutional values and provide engaging, active, and joyful experiences for students each and every day.


Charles Wright Mission Statement

To inspire active, joyful learning while nurturing and challenging our students to develop the character, creativity, and skills to successfully navigate the future with confidence.


Position Description

The classroom teacher will provide a developmentally appropriate program and environment for the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of lower school students.



  • In alignment with the school’s standards-based curriculum mapping, implements the Lower School curriculum appropriate to the grade and developmental level of the students.
  • Provides a variety of learning opportunities, methods, and materials, which support student differences within the classroom.
  • Imparts enthusiasm for learning to students that fosters moral character according to the mission and values of the school.
  • In coordination with the LS Director and Learning Specialist, acknowledges and plans for the diversity of abilities and learning styles within the classroom.
  • Practices thoughtful, respectful, and effective classroom management techniques which support active, joyful learning and promote responsibility and pathways to self-regulation.
  • Conducts ongoing assessments, both formative and summative, of students’ development and growth and maintains records of such.
    Partners with families to keep them abreast of students’ progress and any challenges or issues that arise.
  • Communicates in a professional and timely manner with families, colleagues, and administration as appropriate.
  • Supervises and supports positive student behavior for all Lower School students throughout the school day using Responsive Classroom program as a framework for working with students.
  • Collaborates with grade level teaching colleagues, administration, and specialists to develop a dynamic, engaging, and effective learning experience for students.
    Participates fully in the life of the school including supervisory duties, faculty meetings, community and school admission events.
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
  • Serve as a strong supporter for diversity and inclusion and be a constant champion for student belonging
  • Maintain confidential information as appropriate
    Other duties as assigned by the Head of School


Candidates will possess appropriate expertise and experience for an applicant able to perform the duties as outlined in this posting and deliver consistent and excellent outcomes.


Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Preferred candidates will hold or be seeking a Master’s degree in a related field and hold experience as a teacher for elementary aged children in a school setting.


Qualified candidates will possess a strong commitment to experiential education, serve as a champion of diversity and inclusion and cultural competency, possess the ability to inspire and challenge young people, the capacity to work cooperatively with peers, a keenness for working with elementary school-aged children, a strong work ethic, and a joyful sense of humor. Candidates should be able to work flexibly with various educational technologies and an ability to navigate Google Google Workspace and Mac hardware/systems is preferred.


Physical Requirements

Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
Must be able to move easily around a classroom, accessing materials and assisting students as needed.
Must be able to communicate and exchange information with students, other teachers, and families with appropriately sensitive and accurate communication skills.
Must be able to lift 25 lbs at all times
Ability to walk with students on outdoor terrain for forest time and field trips as appropriate.
Salary & Benefits

This position has a salary range between $60,000 and $80,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits available are subject to plan and candidate eligibility.



Insurance:  Medical, Vision, Dental; Basic Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability; Health Care FSA; and Dependent Care FSA may be available to employees, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan.

Retirement Plan: CWA offers an employer and employee contributed 403(b) plan, up to a 7.5% employer contribution subject to the terms of the plan documents and employee eligibility.

Paid Sick Leave: Employees receive 80 hours of paid sick/wellness leave per year.

Personal Leave: Employees will receive 3 days of personal leave per year.

Other Benefits: EAP (Employee Assistance Program), Tuition Assistance for employees seeking advanced degrees, Child Tuition Remission of 50% for those choosing to enroll at CWA, 50% discount of Extended Day child care services and Summer Camp programming for eligible enrolled students.


Application Process

To apply, submit a cover letter addressing why you feel you are the right fit for this role at Charles Wright Academy and how that aligns with both our Mission and Inclusion Statements (both included in this posting). Please provide an updated resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references (which must include your most recent supervisor) via Paylocity where this posting occurs.


Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. No phone calls or inquiries, please.


Inclusion Statement

Charles Wright Academy best exemplifies its mission and values when everyone knows they belong in our school community.

We embrace an intentional culture that champions everyone’s full participation as their authentic selves in all of the opportunities that comprise the Charles Wright experience. This includes supporting each community member’s understanding of their own identities and acceptance of the identities of others. By doing so, we empower everyone at Charles Wright to connect, learn, grow, and achieve.

The inclusive culture we strive for requires us to make both institutional and individual commitments. Institutionally, we will align policies, curriculum, and decision-making to this goal, and we commit to ongoing self-examination, learning, and action. We also encourage and support individuals to initiate and engage in candid, courageous conversations as this work is the responsibility of every member of our community. (adopted by the CWA Board of Trustees, March 2020)

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