Title: Robotics/STEM Teacher Supervises: N/A
Reports to: Head of School FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: $65,000-$85,000 FTE: Full-Time, Regular, Academic Year
When Needed: 2023-2024 Academic Year
The Jewish Day School is seeking a talented, engaging and compassionate STEM Teacher to help us advance our mission to provide an exceptional education that empowers children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community engagement. We are looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. If that sounds like you, we'd like to hear from you. The payrate is competitive with public and independent schools. The Jewish Day School offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
Who We Are:
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS) is a Jewish community Day School serving approximately 100 children, Early Childhood through 8th Grade. Our gorgeous seven-acre campus is located east of downtown Seattle, in the Crossroads area of Bellevue - just two miles south of Microsoft's main campus. Our inquiry-based learning program fosters critical thinking, problem solving, confidence, collaboration, leadership, innovation and more – all in a global learning environment.
The JDS mission is to provide an exceptional education that empowers children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community engagement. JDS faculty members are a collaborative team of reflective, innovative, and passionate educators focused on nurturing students’ individual identities, an inquiry mindset, respectful and collaborative relationships, and an appreciation of diversity, through a values-based approach and a strong social-emotional foundation. JDS was founded in 1980 by a small group of community leaders who longed to provide an exceptional values-based, 'whole child' education delivered in a Jewish environment and made available to every child regardless of Jewish lineage. JDS, the region’s first “community” day school, opened with 32 students as a Kindergarten through 2nd Grade school in the former Temple De Hirsch Sinai facility in Bellevue. Our shared values include Integrity; Passion; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Teamwork; Lifelong Learning; and Hard Fun (Work Hard, Play Hard, Have Fun).
Under minimal supervision, provides an exceptional classroom experience for Elementary and Middle School students.
· Designs curriculum to enhance the existing STEM scope and sequence
· Designs and implements innovative, interactive, engaging, and evolving robotics curriculum with strong focus on computational thinking, programming logic, and digital fluency.
· Writes narrative-based reports on students’ progress and achievements meeting NGSS and CSTA standards.
· Supports interdisciplinary projects focused on design thinking strategies
· Creates an inclusive and engaging classroom environment that employs effective and differentiated teaching strategies and assessments to support diverse levels of technical ability and skill sets
· Troubleshoots and supports the software, hardware, and systems, including classroom multimedia and student and teacher devices
· Assists with management of various cloud platforms, such as Schoology and Star360
· Assists with event setups and audio/visual equipment
· Develops and assesses curriculum in collaboration with faculty and education administrators to meet and surpass NGSS standards, JDS goals, and current trends in education
· Utilizes technology to support student success
· Assesses student learning and communicates student growth to families through formal and informal reports and conferences
· Provides regular communication to families through weekly newsletters and informal methods
· Acts as an advisor to a group of Middle School students
· Engages in professional development with faculty and staff and actively seeks professional learning and current trends in education
· Attends and contributes constructively to faculty and community meetings
· Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
· Actively participates in the full life of the school, including admission, development, and community events
· Vigorously engages in their own professional development; is a life-long learner who enhances their skills, using state-of-the-art technologies to maintain high standards of performance to efficiently and effectively produce work products
· 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:
· Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited four-year college or university required
· Master’s Degree preferred
· Current Teaching Certificate preferred
· Training in inquiry-based learning, Responsive Classroom, and implementing the NGSS standards preferred
· Experience working with and supporting students of various ages/grades
· Experience in educational environment, preferably in a comparable K-8 environment
· A track record of being an innovative, committed, positive, helpful, energetic, flexible, adaptive, creative, and effective educator
· Experience with Lego robotics products preferred
· Experience with current technologies used in educational institutions
· Experience in an independent school environment preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
· Eagerness to rethink and iterate on pedagogy and to develop new curricula in collaboration with colleagues
· Ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a team of highly motivated, enthusiastic teachers
· Ability to communicate and work effectively with all school constituencies
· Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Exceptional classroom management skills
· Proficient classroom technology skills
· Committed to on-going professional growth and development
· Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
· Ability to keep information in the strictest of confidence
· Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
· Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows environment, using Office; ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
· Ability to stand multiple hours of the day
· Ability to sit and keyboard
· Ability to talk on the phone
· Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
· Ability to travel locally
· Ability to work outside in any weather
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your résumé and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in JDS and this position to [email protected]
Positions open ongoing. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
Thank you for your interest in JDS and this position.
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.