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5th Grade Humanities, Math & Science Teacher

Direct Reports:  N/A
Reporting To: Director of the Elementary & Middle School
FLSA Status: Exempt
When Needed: 2014-15 School Year
FT/PT: Full-Time/Part-Time

St. Thomas School is seeking a talented, compassionate, and dynamic Fifth Grade Humanities, Math, and Science Teacher to help us advance our vision of being a recognized leader in early childhood through 8th Grade education.  We’re looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team.  We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching Humanities and who is passionate about teaching to middle school students and enhancing student life.  If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you! Salary is competitive with public and independent schools.  STS offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.  Position replaces a teacher on a one-year leave and is open for the 2014-15 School Year; flexibility regarding full or part time.

Who We Are

St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, provides an exemplary humanities and math and science instructional experience in the 5th grade classroom, and supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles.  Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Plans and teaches fifth grade Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies curriculums
  • Supervises/teaches Advisory
  • Plans and supervises Chapel
  • Supervises Recess
  • Maintains class websites
  • Communicates with parents
  • Coordinates with other teachers, specialist and administration as needed
  • Record grades and generates report cards and student narratives
  • Working with the Literacy – Learning Specialist, develops, communicates and implements Educational Accommodation Plans (EAPs) as needed to support students

Curriculum with Coherence

  • Develops and uses enduring understandings and core knowledge and skills, which provide a focus for teaching that is consistent with the needs, skills, and abilities of individual students and St. Thomas School’s Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles, and curriculum
  • Stays abreast of current educational research and best practices
  • Specific Responsibilities/Curriculum with Coherence (Cont’d.):
  • Develops and implements curriculum and unit plans consistent with identified learning objectives
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of teaching practices and a commitment to teaching within a caring, highly academic environment
  • Integrates subject matter area(s) with other disciplines
  • Assesses student progress using a variety of evaluation strategies
  • Provides timely feedback to students and parents concerning student progress
  • Analyzes assessment information to plan future instructional experiences
  • Promotes students’ awareness of their own efforts and accomplishments

Commitment to Character

  • Creates an environment of respect and rapport in the classroom and other school settings
  • Shows professionalism in service to students and in decision making
  • Living the core virtues of gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity
  • Recognizes conditions and/or situations that may lead to disciplinary problems and responds in order to prevent potential problems
  • Recognizes and utilizes available resources to understand and respond to student behaviors
  • Respects and responds to individual differences and demonstrates equitable treatment of students without regard to cultural, ethnic, economic, religious, social, physical, gender, age, cognitive and/or other differences
  • Provides for, and ensures that faculty provides for, the effective education of students (character education, community service, leadership, counseling, decision making)

Community of Learners/Climate for Learning

  • Establishes an effective, engaging culture and physical environment for learning
  • Provides quality field trips and age-appropriate experiential learning opportunities
  • Selects and uses a variety of instructional methods consistent with the skills and abilities of the students, the content and processes of the learning experiences and the desired learning outcomes
  • Reflects and adjusts teaching practices based on self- and peer observation and the accurate assessment of student work
  • Assists students in understanding the relationships and relevance of subjects taught to the students’ educational or life experiences
  • Selects and participates in professional activities apart from instructional responsibilities which contribute to the learning environment, including but not limited to participation on School committees.
  • Supports new teachers, student teachers, and interns as assigned
  • Develops positive, collegial relations with co-workers with a regard for the dignity and social/emotional wellbeing of others and supports community decision-making processes
  • Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
  • Establishes and communicates to parents and students clear expectations for classroom operational processes and procedures (i.e., grading/reporting procedures, attendance policies, homework and class work expectations, student behavior, etc.) 


  • Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
  • Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in elementary and/or middle school education expertise or related subject content areas from a four-year college or university required
  • Master’s Degree in elementary and/or middle school education or related areas preferred
  • 3+ years of combined teaching experience required
  • Experience in teaching courses at elementary and/or middle school level in subject matter areas
  • Experience in developing and writing curriculum, knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Expertise in subject matter areas
  • Familiarity with current learning theories and basic principles of human growth and development and ability to consider them in the design and implementation of learning experiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
  • Ability to manage the non-instructional human dynamics in the educational setting
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
  • Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
  • Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
  • Ability to work outside in all weather
  • Some travel required (field trips)

The position is open until filled. No phone calls please.

How to Apply

"During my years at STS I have grown more professionally than during any other time in my career.”  STS Faculty

“In 27 years of teaching, I’ve never had colleagues as passionate as my fellow St. Thomas School teachers.” STS Faculty

“Since the first day I walked into St. Thomas School, I felt welcome. The culture here is dynamic, fast-paced, and energizing!” STS Staff

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