This position offers a salary range between $57,000 and $77,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits available to the hired candidate include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
Medical, dental, and vision insurance;
Employee Assistance Program;
Accidental death & dismemberment insurance;
Long-term disability insurance;
Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year;
Twelve (12) paid Holidays in 2023;
Fifty percent (50%) Tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. Charges apply for faculty in-service days or similar days;
A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution.
4 Year Degree
Annie Wright is seeking a Grade 4 Classroom Teacher in the Lower School to begin on August 18, 2023. This is a full-time position and reports to the Lower School Division Director.
Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher in the Lower School at Annie Wright is an enthusiastic educator, passionate about supporting young students in their journey through school. Leading with joy, the Grade 4 Classroom Teacher understands that learning the foundational academic skills are equally as important as developing social and emotional skills. Through inquiry and discovery about themselves and the world around them, the Grade 4 Classroom Teacher leads the students through the Primary Years Programme. Guiding students on this pathway of learning includes the development of significant conceptual understandings, relevant knowledge and skills, and the attributes of a life-long learner and global citizen. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher cultivates curiosity and exploration surrounding the themes of Who we are, How we express ourselves, Where we are in place and time, How the world works, How we organize ourselves and Sharing the planet. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher, in short, helps instill a sense of belonging in every student.
The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher is skilled in differentiation and appreciates a developmental approach to learning. Through professional and personal experience, this person has developed a deep understanding of meeting the range of needs of six and seven year-olds and finds joy and love in it. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher honors the agency of each learner and incorporates their questions and interests into classroom activities and inquiries building an awareness in each student of the learning process and their individual strengths. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher employs strategies to help students build resilience and growth mindsets that enable them to meet challenges with tenacity and endurance. Working with students, this person creates a nurturing and stimulating learning environment where inquiry-led and play-based learning flourishes.
The work of a Grade 4 Classroom Teacher is unique and is most successful when done as part of a team. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher actively engages with the Grade 4 teaching team, Specialist teachers, the Primary Years Programme Coordinator and students in a continual process of creating, refining, implementing and reflecting on the transdisciplinary units of inquiry that captivate, illuminate, and stretch both students and teachers. This collective work culminates in the completion of in-depth unit planners which document and hold teaching teams accountable for teaching and learning best practices. Through regular collaboration with the teaching team, the Student Support Team and the family, the Grade 4 Classroom Teacher understands that the student is best served when they are kept at the very center. Drawing on their strengths and supporting the students’ whole self, the Grade 4 Classroom Teacher creates a positive learning environment so that all students can thrive.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher:
teaches Lower School in alignment with the mission and philosophy of Annie Wright Schools and with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework;
designs and teaches PYP units and educational experiences in collaboration with other grade-level teachers, subject specialist teachers, the PYP coordinator, and learning specialists;
collaborates with other faculty, the Director of Lower School, specialists, and the Lower School Counselor to develop programming and monitor student progress;
builds and maintains a professional relationship with parents, providing them with feedback through weekly grade level blog posts, conferences, written Progress Reports and other correspondence as needed;
participates in collaborative planning and faculty meetings and fulfills other duties as assigned.
The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Grade 4 Classroom Teacher:
holds a BA or masters in education;
has a minimum of three years experience as a Lower School (Grades K-5) lead classroom teacher;
is familiar with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme;
demonstrates familiarity with best practices in learning, differentiation, and teaching; flexibility; proficiency in using technology as a learning support tool; an understanding of and enthusiasm to work with and care for Lower School students; and the desire to collaborate as part of a team;
is a strong communicator and empathetic listener;
practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet eligible to work in the United States.
Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
Must be able to move comfortably around a classroom and outdoor playground space, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
Must be able to communicate and exchange information with young children, other teachers and families.
Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at email@example.com. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.