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Grade 5 Teacher

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website The Evergreen School

The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for a Grade 5 Teacher.

Our Mission
We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.

About the Organization
Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for 60 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being, a multicultural perspective, and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others, and understand and respect differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.

At Evergreen, our goal is to curate a culture where every person feels fully welcomed and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community. We actively seek and support students, families, faculty, staff and trustees who bring a diversity of identity into our community. Our mission makes it essential that we skillfully deliver an inclusive, culturally responsive educational program that teaches respect for others, empowers students of all backgrounds equitably, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be leaders in an interdependent global community. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment that embraces and values the diversity within our community.

The school seeks candidates who demonstrate a commitment to anti-bias and anti-racism work and to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community that is responsive toward all differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles and marital, parental or economic status.

Studies have shown that people of historically marginalized backgrounds are less likely to apply for a position unless they believe they meet every listed requirement. Evergreen is most interested in finding the best candidate for this opportunity and encourages people to apply.

The Opportunity
The Grade 5 Teacher is responsible for teaching a variety of core classes, including language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science using a wide range of instructional tools and resources. The successful candidate will have a collaborative approach to teaching an engaging and challenging program to highly capable students with individual learning styles and needs.

Experience: Qualifications and Desirable Skills

Bachelor’s degree in education required, master’s degree is a plus;
A teaching certificate is preferred;
Two years experience in a full-time classroom lead teaching role;
Familiarity with and/or a background in independent schools;
Experience and passion for teaching excellence with a firm grasp of teaching responsibilities and reflective about personal teaching practices;
Experience and professional  commitment to a collaborative approach to working with a team of colleagues, sharing with and learning from one another;
Able to communicate clearly, effectively and comfortably with the independent school community including students, parents and colleagues both inside and outside the classroom. English is the primary language of the school;
Respectfully maintain a high degree of confidentiality and integrity while exhibiting a professional manner and building constructive working relationships;
Possess a high degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds;
Establish a healthy rapport with students while supporting students’ growth and identity development;
Report to work at the scheduled time and seldom be absent from work;
Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner; conscientious about assignments and deadlines;
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.
Selected candidate must successfully complete a nationwide background check.
Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and implement curriculum and activities for students at varying levels of progress at the Grade 5 level. This includes working individually and within teacher teams to create scope and sequence plans, unit plans and lesson plans, identifying and selecting instructional resources and methods to meet students’ needs, and preparing the classroom for activities.
Regularly assess students’ progress by observing and evaluating performance and development, assigning and grading classwork, homework, tests and assignments and providing appropriate feedback to students, their parents/guardians, and colleagues. Write narrative student evaluation reports two times each year, January and June.
Consistently communicate and document clear objectives for all learning activities to maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development in compliance with laws, school policies, and independent school regulations and accreditation standards.
Establish and enforce school rules for students with a positive style and strong classroom management skills.
Attend school, department, team and parent meetings.
Participate in certain extracurricular events, such as social and sporting activities, admission events, clubs, camps and student group activities. This will involve some overnight trips and weekend Open House events.
Maintain knowledge of and competency in relevant classroom technology, as well as have a passion for recent developments in teaching resources and methods with the flexibility to incorporate changes into instructional plans and activities.
Be strictly vigilant about confidentiality and student health and safety.
Support, promote and implement The Evergreen School policies and procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements

Able to lift up to 35 pounds.
Can stand and sit for long periods of time.
Able to move comfortably in classrooms and school hallways.
Able to climb stairs, walk on uneven surfaces, and escort groups of students to and from classes and transportation both inside and outside of school buildings.
Can work outside in good and inclement weather.
Equipment Used

Computer (PC), Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite
LMS, such as Canvas
Classroom smart projector
Other instructional technology tools as directed
Position Details:
This is an exempt, 1.0 FTE full-time, benefits eligible position for the 2024-2025 school year beginning August 21, 2024. The salary range for an Evergreen teacher position is $64,461.00 to $131,062.00 per year, depending on experience.


School-paid medical and dental insurance and employee paid supplemental vision
School-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability insurance plus an Employee Assistance Program
403(b) Retirement Plan with a School match of up to 7% and immediate vesting
Flexible Savings Account and/or Health Savings Account
Commuter Assistance
Tuition Remission
Infant/toddler care is available on campus (availability limitations apply)
Paid holidays and other paid leave
Visit our website for more detailed benefits information.

Complete Evergreen Online Employment Application. Please include Grade 5 Teacher on the application. Be prepared to provide or upload the following information:

A cover letter, outlining interest in and qualifications for this position
A current resume
Three references (Evergreen will inform candidates before contacting references, generally after round 2 interviews.)
Position will remain open until filled.

Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be asked to submit a 500-word (max) answer to the following question:
At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process?

Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school’s policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee’s protected status.

A Private/Independent School Serving Preschool Through Grade

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