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Upper Division Teaching Assistant 4-8

Website The Evergreen School

Independend PS-8 school


The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for an Upper Division Teaching Assistant, grades four through eight.

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 nearly 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.

Experience and Education

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 Evergreen School is currently seeking a teaching assistant to support teachers in grades 4-8. Teaching assistants work in partnership with, and at the direction of, the division head, the associate division head, and the middle section teaching team. TAs help to implement the curriculum, provide supervision inside and outside of the classroom, and maintain the classroom.


Duties and Responsibilities


Being proactive in incorporating  the school’s mission and core beliefs into daily activities.
Learning students’ names, their classroom teachers and their family connections.
Staying current on school-wide information through Evergreen postings and weekly communications.
Attending regularly scheduled faculty and division meetings and weekly section meetings and taking minutes as requested.
Reading about topics relevant to gifted education.
Engaging in ongoing self-assessment.
Setting and working toward personal professional goals.


Communicating regularly with the grade level teaching teams concerning student goals and progress and planning with the teaching team to understand how you can best use your skills to support students.
Implementing instructional strategies in ways that support the grade level teachers and in concert with the school’s philosophy.
Accompanying groups, classes or individuals when traveling outside the classroom (i.e., field trips, class changes, office visits, etc.).
Informing the appropriate teacher or administrator in a timely fashion of concerns about a student.
Working with students in small groups, individually or as a whole class.
Substituting as assigned by the division head.
Assisting with administrative tasks such as copying and mounting displays.
Providing assistance to teachers before the school year begins and after the school year ends according to the work schedule published by the division head.
Preparing materials for projects and/or instructional sessions as determined by their supervising teacher.
Maintaining classroom supplies and assisting with the ordering process.
Preparing written notes, making copies, and assembling correspondence to send home with students.


Serving as a regular recess monitor, implementing recess rules and expectations, leading group recess activities, and reporting notable student behaviors.
Attending and participating in required school events, training sessions, and meetings as designated by the administration.
Monitoring student arrival and departure procedures and traffic flow.
Maintaining appropriate standards for student behavior.
Adhering to guidelines, procedures, and policies in the Employee Manual.
Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and Desirable Skills

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience working with children is desired; experience working with students in grades 4-8 in academic or other related environments (coaching, camp instructor, etc.) is a plus.
Red Cross First Aid certification highly desirable; training   can be arranged
Demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, understand and demonstrate good customer service skills and written and oral communication skills.
Communicate effectively and professionally with colleagues and families, both verbally and in writing.  English is the primary language of the school.
Communicate positively and effectively with students while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.
Maintain confidentiality.
Work in a positive manner with children.
Work effectively as a team member across the organization, including with students, supervisors, colleagues, teachers, parents and the community.
Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.
Can be depended upon to report to work at the scheduled times.
Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments and deadlines.
Can lift up to 35 pounds; move around campus sometimes on uneven surfaces, can stand for long periods of time, walk and climb stairs; sit and work in front of computer screens for long periods of time; able to use hands for repetitive tasks such as typing.

Equipment Used

Computer (PC), Google Suite
LMS, such as Canvas
Position Details

This is an 8-month, salaried, 1.0 FTE full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2023-2024 school year, beginning            November 13, 2023 and ending June 17, 2024 with an option to renew for the following 10-month school year. The TA pay rate starts at $25 per hour.


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%
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:

TO APPLY: Applicants should submit the following:

Cover letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for this position
Current resume
Fully completed Evergreen Employment Application
Please note:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.
Selected candidates must successfully complete a nationwide background check.
All materials should be sent to Please include “TA – Upper Division” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Applicant Timeline:

Position will remain open until filled.


Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be required to answer the following question.  Please limit your response to 500 words or less.  “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.




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