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Lower School Lead Teacher

Website Open Window School

For gifted kids who love to learn


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 Lower School Lead Teacher positions.


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.


Position Overview

Open Window School seeks applicants for the full-time Lead Teacher hiring pool for the 2024-2025 school year. We seek positive, dynamic, and experienced educators to implement a program that is, at once, challenging, stimulating, and nurturing for our learners. Our faculty members enjoy a climate of superb collaboration and professional dialogue in fulfillment of our school’s Core Values.  Successful candidates will have a proven track record of effective teaching with experience in maintaining a strong foundational program in early education and a commitment to culturally responsive, anti-bias, and anti-racist teaching practices. Experience with project-based learning, Responsive Classroom, gifted learners, and/or interdisciplinary collaboration also enhances an application.


We have two classes per grade level, K-8. In Lower School (K-4) there are 18-20 students per class with a full time Lead Teacher and Associate Teacher in each classroom. Lead Teachers work closely and collaboratively with their Associate Teacher, directing their daily work. Other responsibilities include participation in weekly grade level and faculty meetings and attendance at some evening, weekend, and overnight activities.


Major Areas of Responsibility/Specific Duties:

  • Teach literacy, mathematics, social studies, and social and emotional learning
  • Collaborate with specialist teachers on projects that integrate into the larger curriculum
  • Maintain a safe and engaging learning environment
  • Consistently and clearly communicate with colleagues, administrators, and parents regarding student work and classroom projects or issues
  • Write progress reports that include both narrative and graded rubrics
  • Attend faculty meetings
  • As part of the lower school community, perform duties such as lunch and recess supervision


Qualities & Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree or higher in Elementary Education, Early childhood education, or related field
  •  Teaching certificate
  •  Successful experience in designing and leading at least three years of elementary classes
    • Experience in early childhood is a plus for some positions
  • A commitment to collaborating with colleagues
  • A commitment to the social-emotional development of children during elementary years
  • Supportive of the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school
  • Support our mission statement to nurture and inspire students of high intellectual potential
  • Experience with students identified as gifted is a plus
  • Training in Responsive Classroom is a plus


Position Details:

Manager: Director of the Lower School

Compensation: $61,910.00 – $118,070.00 (based on education and experience)

Position Classification: Exempt, Full Time; this position is benefit eligible

Hours: School Days and Inservice Days, 8am – 4pm, Tuesdays until 5pm. This role requires some commitments outside these hours.


Benefits include:

  • Sick leave
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (paid 100% for employee only coverage)
  • Employer paid Health Reimbursement Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Account, Pre-tax & Roth Options (eligible for employer contribution and employer match after one year of service).
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Professional development and training opportunities

To Apply:

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:


  • 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.

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