A curious and creative teacher excited to bridge intellect, heart, and imagination?
A compassionate and collaborative educator and role model for students?
An enthusiastic community member eager to collaborate and build relationships?
A teacher that loves project-based learning?
Yes? Then read on! Ideal candidates possess a background in elementary education, previous experience working with diverse learners, and have a minimum of three years of experience as a teacher.
We seek someone who enjoys partnering with faculty, is passionate, and committed to meeting the needs of students in an elementary setting. The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a deep knowledge of differentiation and learning strategies to help students meet their individual potential. We also see candidates with a background in Universal Design for Learning and project-based learning.
Who we are: An independent pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade school, The Meridian School is located in a grand, century-old building nestled in verdant 6.5-acre Meridian Park in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The school cultivates a balance of mind and heart to nurture caring and confident learners prepared to thrive in and contribute to their local and global communities. Education at Meridian is much more than lessons in the classroom or problem solving on Smart Boards. It’s about life. Meridian is a place where the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning. By integrating curriculum, citizenship, and community, the school provides the foundation for well-rounded students.
At the core of Meridian’s philosophy is the relationship between teachers and students. Small classes ensure that students thrive; children feel known, and safe both intellectually and emotionally. The intimate learning environment affords rich opportunities for cooperative and interactive experiences – we believe that student participation and personal choice lead to a powerful investment in and passion for learning. The curriculum promotes integration across subjects, connected to thinking, and real-world application. The school’s inclusive community supports all learners and encourages active listing to different viewpoints and opinions. Learning how to solve problems and make good choices are a priority, as is respect for oneself, others, and the environment.
Meridian prompts diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum, connecting awareness to actions, and celebrating the contribution of the individual community. We believe that the challenges in our world require culturally-competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active global citizens; that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to an education that balances the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of children; and, that a school community and learning environment that is inclusive and diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.
Job Summary: Under minimal supervision, the Learning Specialist Faculty provides an exceptional classroom experience for students, using place-based learning and across-team collaboration to plan and deliver excellent lessons to students. This is a full-time position starting in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Collaborates with grade level teams to plan differentiated curriculum, leads small group intervention and extension, and collects and analyzes assessment data, and manages Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
Demonstrates best instructional practices to deliver a high-quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum to students
Develops, maintains, and revises curriculum maps in all content areas that are aligned to the School’s standards
Designs and delivers differentiated instruction using appropriate strategies, including Universal Design for Learning, to flexible groups of students
Assess the academic and social-emotional needs of students in collaboration with colleagues and Assistant Head of School
Actively creates and maintains a well-managed, positive classroom environment that supports student engagement and motivation
Actively participates in faculty work aligned with the strategic plan
Has a commitment to ongoing cultural competence professional development and has the motivation to put these skills into practice
Understands and supports the school’s mission through professional conduct and actions which demonstrate the core values and philosophy of the organization
Initiates growth and change in own intellectual and professional development, seeking out feedback and other opportunities to learn
Attends community meetings, curriculum meetings, and in-service days
Writes student evaluations according to the school year calendar and as assigned by the Assistant Head of School
Supports our “open door” policy with parents, colleagues, and students
Participates in Curriculum Night, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Open House, and other stewardship opportunities as assigned by the Head of School
Writes newsletters updates as needed and openly communicates with families in formal and informal ways
Supports duty and teacher planning coverage as needed, including, but not limited to, morning meetings, lunch, recess, and dismissal
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all the School’s constituencies
Actively participates in the full life of the school
Vigorously engages in professional development; demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning by enhancing their skills, and embracing innovative technologies and creative thinking
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities.
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university required
Teaching certification and Master’s in Education or related subject/field preferred
Minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience
Experience working with elementary school-aged children
Experience working in an independent school environment preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of best teaching practices for neurodiverse students
Proficient technology skills and the knowledge and ability to integrate technology into the curriculum
Must have a valid WA driver’s license and be willing to drive Meridian vehicles for work-related tasks
Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills
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 10 environment, using Office (version 2013 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to attend overnight experiential learning trips
Ability to stand, go up and down stairs frequently, crouch
Ability to sit on floor or small chairs for extended periods of time
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, interact with students, and move around the classroom
Ability to work outside in any type of weather
Ability to travel locally (for field trips)
How to Apply: If this sounds like you, please click here, complete our online employment application, and upload your resume and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and in The Meridian School.
Don't meet every single requirement? At Meridian we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.
Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All individuals who are offered a position will be required to provide a valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to starting employment. Exemptions for documented medical conditions or seriously held religious beliefs may be requested.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is competitive with independent schools in the Seattle area and based on our faculty salary scale. The annualized salary is between $66,430 - $106,400, depending on years of teaching experience and education.
The Meridian School offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package intended to support and promote the health and well-being, work/life balance, and financial security of our full-time (32+ hours/week) faculty, staff, and their families:
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Contribution
Paid Time-Off for holidays, sick leave, personal leave, jury/witness duty leave, and bereavement leave
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
The Meridian School is an equal opportunity employer. This means we do not discriminate in employment decisions or policies in violation of law on the basis of any legally protected status, including race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age (over 40), marital status, physical or mental disability, use of a trained service animal, gender identity, sexual orientation, political ideology, HIV status, and veteran status. Our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, reduction in force, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment. This policy applies to admissions and administration of all of its programs, as well as to all areas of employment.
Founded in 1976, The Meridian School is an independent, co-ed elementary school (K-5), located in the historic Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The Meridian School is a place where the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning. By integrating curriculum, citizenship, and community, we provide the foundation for well-rounded students.
Committed to developing global citizens in an equitable and inclusive culture, Meridian promotes diversity of thought and identity and actively seeks dedicated and engaged culturally competent faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
The Meridian School promotes a balance of mind and heart, of contemplation and action, of individuality and a commitment to the community.
The Meridian School is an equal opportunity employer seeking a culturally diverse workplace and does not discriminate against age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race/color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, veteran or marital status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.