We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.
The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for Primary Division Teaching Assistant. The school seeks candidates who demonstrate a commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive learning community and bring an awareness and responsiveness 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.
The Evergreen School is an independent school serving highly capable students in preschool through 8th grade. Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, Evergreen’s four-acre campus provides an ideal setting for experiential and project-based learning. In 2016, Evergreen completed a $14 million campus redesign, adding classrooms, flexible learning spaces and a state-of-the-art makerspace. In addition to a rigorous academic foundation, Evergreen is committed to fostering diversity, cultivating a global perspective and supporting social and emotional learning at every grade level. Evergreen has a current enrollment of 474 students, is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) work in partnership with, and at the direction of, the Homeroom Teachers. TAs help to implement the curriculum, provide supervision, and maintain the classroom. Each team of Homeroom Teacher(s) and TA works out their own system for accomplishing these ends in accordance with the official Teaching Assistant job description. Teaching assistants aid individual teachers during the instructional day Monday through Friday for the 2020-2021 school year. These are full time, benefits-eligible positions beginning as soon as possible.
Please note: In both hybrid and fully remote learning models, it is likely that Teaching Assistants will be working on campus with other adults and students present. Even in a fully remote model, TAs might be supervising some students at school while they do their remote learning.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations
- Being proactive in learning school mission and core beliefs, learning student names, their classroom teachers and their family connections.
- Staying current on school wide information through MyEvergreen postings and weekly communications.
- Attending regularly scheduled faculty, division, and weekly grade level meetings and taking minutes as requested.
- Engaging in ongoing self-assessment.
- Setting and working toward personal professional goals.
- Demonstrating a growth mindset in working with students and colleagues.
- Communicating regularly with the homeroom teacher(s) concerning student goals and progress and planning together so the TA understands how to best use their own skills.
- Implementing instructional strategies in ways that support the homeroom teacher(s) and are in concert with the school's philosophy.
- Accompanying groups, classes or individuals when traveling outside the classroom (field trips, class changes, office visits, etc.).
- Informing the appropriate teacher or administrator in a timely fashion in the event 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 administration.
- Preparing materials for projects and/or instructional sessions as determined by collaborating grade level teacher and/or teaching team.
- Maintaining supplies in the classroom and assist in the ordering process.
- Preparing written notes, making copies and assembling correspondence to send home with students or via the school’s intranet.
- Serving as a regular recess monitor, implementing recess rules and discipline, 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 and discipline.
- Adhering to guidelines, procedures, and policies in the Staff Handbook.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Possess and maintain Red Cross First-Aid certification.
- Familiar with elementary school curricula.
- Creative problem-solving skills and ability to understand and demonstrate good customer service skills as well as written and oral communication skills.
- Communication and Contact
- Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
- Communicate positively and effectively with students.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Work in a positive manner with children.
- Work effectively as a team member across organizational lines, including students, supervisors, colleagues, teachers, parents and the community.
- Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
- Attendance and Dependability
- Can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled times.
- Can complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments and deadlines.
- Office Skills
- Working knowledge of MS Office, Google drive and Gmail.
- Familiar with copiers, printers, digital cameras, and scanners.
Mental & Physical Demands
- Mental Effort
- Maintain creative and positive attitude within the classroom and school community
- Physical Requirements
- Must be able to lift 35 pounds.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title “Primary Division Teaching Assistant” in the subject line. Please include a current resume and a cover letter outlining interest in and qualifications for this position.
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.