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    WestsideSchool
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    Lower School Instructional Assistant for Preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st-3rd Grade Classrooms
    (1.0 FTE)

    Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside faculty are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. Our academic structure places a high value on integrated curriculum and project-based learning, with intentional administrative support. At Westside School, we value different backgrounds and ideas. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

    Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 330 students in preschool through eighth grade. Westside’s Lower School serves 190 students in preschool-4th grade, and is organized into grade level teams comprised of 2 teachers and instructional assistants who collaborate to both implement and design meaningful curriculum.

    The role of Lower School Instructional Assistant is to provide support to students in a single classroom throughout the school day. The Instructional Assistant’s day may include leading small groups during literacy or math lessons, working one-on-one with students, and supervising students during recess. It involves supporting a lead teacher to build a community of learners in the classroom who respect and care for one another. Additionally, the Instructional Assistant oversee two sessions per week during our Extended Day Program, which provides morning or afternoon care support for families.

    The Lower School Instructional Assistant works collaboratively with his/her classroom teacher and participates in the life of the school, attending some in-service days and school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision and values of Westside School.

    Reports to: Lower School Head

    Responsibilities include:

    Assists in general supervision in the classroom and performs duties as assigned by the classroom teacher.
    Establishes familiarity with the overall program and related resources and materials so that s/he can actively assist in learning activities.
    Works with students in small groups, individually, or as a whole class.
    Helps to maintain an attractive classroom environment and materials.
    Sets annual goals for focus and growth with the Lower School Head.
    Shows initiative by asking for assignments that would expand performance and capability, under the direction of the lead teacher and/or Lower School Head.
    Performs such tasks and duties as assigned that would be generally within those functions to be expected at a school or as mutually agreeable between the Instructional Assistant and the teachers or Lower School Head.
    Supervises the playground/lunchroom as assigned, following established recess rules and discipline, and reporting notable student behaviors.
    Participates in two sessions per week of the Extended Day Program.
    If qualified, provides short-term substitution in the classroom for absent teacher in emergencies.
    Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:

    Love of working with children in an outstanding professional setting.
    Prior experience working with preschool or elementary school students.
    A willingness to learn about, reflect upon, and support a dynamic learning environment.
    Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program.
    Ability to maintain confidential information.
    Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff.
    Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents.
    An expressed effort to collaborate with colleagues, accept feedback and conduct oneself in a professional manner.
    A positive attitude and sense of humor.
    Associates or Bachelors Degree preferred.
    Start Date: August 19, 2019

    Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position for the 2019-2020 academic school year. Westside School offers a generous benefits package to full time employees.

    Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.

    To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter, with three professional references, to employment@westsideschool.org

    Westside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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