Employment Opportunities » Fifth Grade Teacher - Full Time, Exempt

Fifth Grade Teacher - Full Time, Exempt

Fifth Grade Teacher - Full Time, Exempt
The Valley School
The Valley School is a co-educational elementary school, serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade. Founded in 1985, The Valley School offers a high-quality academic foundation in a small school setting, rich with opportunities for creativity, exploration, and play. We celebrate childhood. Our learning program is a mixture of playful work and purposeful play and is designed to be developmentally appropriate at each grade. Social emotional learning and skill development form an important pillar of our program, in addition to academics, specialist classes, and dynamic playground spaces designed to offer myriad opportunities for students to learn and grow. At Valley, we are committed to helping students learn to advocate for environmental justice in elementary school and beyond.

The Valley School Mission
At The Valley School, we ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community.

Our Values include: celebration of childhood, collaboration, creativity, equity and inclusion, kindness, and respect for individuality.

Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Justice (DEBJ) Statement
The Valley School honors diversity, practices inclusion, and invites courageous conversations. We strive to create a community where each individual is valued, respected, and included. Though the journey can be muddy—much like our playground—we aim to give every child the tools necessary to flourish.

Essential Functions
Consistent with the Valley School’s Standards of Effective Teaching, the ideal candidate will:

• Model and respect the School’s Mission and Values
• Demonstrate a belief that all children can learn and recognize the different developmental stages, cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and passions that influence a child’s educational experience
• Use a variety of teaching strategies to meet the learning, social, and emotional needs of a wide range of diverse learners
• Design a clear, well-organized, well-balanced, and flexible curriculum that is responsive to the learning of each class and each child
• Create and effectively manage a positive and respectful classroom environment that promotes student learning while fostering kindness, self-expression, creativity, and respect for differences
• Set clear goals for student learning and use a variety of assessment tools to inform instruction and to provide frequent feedback to students about their progress
• Communicate with parents and colleagues about student growth in a clear, professional, and timely way
• Actively support colleagues and collaborate with other teachers and specialists to meet each student’s needs and to ensure the overall quality of education
• Engage regularly in opportunities for professional growth and model a growth mindset
• Participate actively in the life of The Valley School

In addition, the fifth grade teacher is responsible for helping students and families in the application process for middle school admission.
The Valley School offers salaries that are competitive with comparable schools in the Seattle area and are commensurate with experience and credentials. We also offer an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and Paid Time Off, plus frequent opportunities for professional development.
In experience and skills, the ideal candidate will have:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in education, preferably in early childhood and elementary education; Master’s and Washington State teaching certificate preferred
• Three years of experience as a classroom teacher
• Experience in developing and writing curriculum
• Experience in assessing student learning, using a variety of measurements and tools
• Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of a wide range of learners
• Experience in working with a diverse group of students and families
• Strong communication skills, in both writing and speaking
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and families

To apply, please email a cover letter, a current resume, and contact information for three references to Alice Baggett, Director of Teaching and Learning, at [email protected]

Subject Line: The Valley School Fifth Grade Teacher
Start Date
Salaries for lead teachers range from $49,000 to $86,000.
Contact Alice Baggett
Phone: (206) 328-4475
Fax: (206) 328-5877
318 30th Ave East, Seattle, WA 98112