Giddens School offers preschool through 5th-grade students an education grounded in the belief that critical thinking and social responsibility form the basis of an academically excellent curriculum. Giddens School is one of the most ethnically, economically, and socially diverse independent schools in the Northwest. Students graduate as curious, socially responsive, creative young people who are well-prepared for a lifetime of learning. Giddens School is explicitly committed to building a diverse community and actively seeks candidates that are often underrepresented in schools. Please visit our website for more information.
Giddens School is looking for creative, positive, and dynamic aspiring educators to be one of our next Resident Teachers. This is a unique opportunity to be an active member of our collaborative teaching team, participating in all aspects of school life. This is a full-time position.
Giddens School welcomes a diverse set of resident teachers, including those who want to explore teaching as a career, those already committed to the teaching profession, and those interested in changing careers to apply for a year long program dedicated to teaching through the lens of social justice and equity.
Giddens Resident Teacher is a paid, full-time position consisting of a year-long classroom placement and extracurricular leadership experiences under the mentorship of dedicated faculty, the Associate Head of School, and the Extended Day Manager.
Our program provides an enriching experience for aspiring teachers with rich opportunities for professional growth and exploring best educational practices through a dedicated year of collaborative teaching and learning.
Embedded Professional Development
Dedicated and targeted learning and teaching through professional development with close collaboration with a team of mentor teachers to:
establish and maintain classroom culture
plan and prepare for teaching and learning
differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
monitor and assess student learning
partner and communicate with families
increasing responsibility in the classroom
culminating week (or more) of independent teaching in each placement
extracurricular leadership in enrichment, the extended day program, or summer academics
Resident teachers are immersed in the life of Giddens School and are valued members of the Giddens faculty and community.
Member of grade level team
Weekly team meetings with the Associate Head of School
Weekly meetings with fellow Resident Teachers
In-house professional development
Outside professional development opportunities
Career guidance and job search assistance
Daily support teaching in a designated teaching grade level
Substitute teaching when necessary for the grade level team with whom you work
Supporting school-wide special events, including those connected to the enrollment and advancement departments
Supporting classroom projects and learning experiences, including field trips, project-based learning, and outdoor education
Our Ideal Candidate Will:
Value our school mission and enrich their instruction with a commitment to diversity through respect for all children and cultures
Have deep knowledge of early childhood and elementary classroom best practices
Support the building of positive classroom and school communities
Be a creative and strong team member; one who enjoys collaboration and views the work of teaching as public practice
Be an advocate for social responsibility through a strong commitment to academics and social-emotional growth for all students
Applicants should email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A cover letter indicating why they would like to join the Giddens School community
2. A brief description of their educational philosophy and how it relates to our mission and position
3. A résumé
Statement on Equity and Inclusion
Giddens School is actively seeking to diversify its workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law. This position will remain open until filled.
Formal education and/or training in teaching and child development preferred
Classroom experience, although this is an ideal position for an educator looking to gain more hands-on experience
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Additional Salary Information: Giddens School’s salary for this position is $34K with additional benefits that are competitive with our peer schools in the NWAIS.
About Giddens School
Giddens School is a preschool through 5th grade school in the center of Seattle. Our current enrollment is 186 students. In 2020 we moved into a newly-constructed, energy-efficient building.
At Giddens School, we believe deeply in each and every student's capacity to learn. Giddens School students leave with the ability to use academic knowledge when facing challenges. They graduate able to share their own point of view while considering diverse perspectives. They become citizens who can think critically about justice and who can commit to improve the world in which we live.