Neely-O’Brien is the district’s largest elementary school serving more than 700 students and located in the Kent valley. Our school serves first grade through sixth grade students who are rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. Our kindergarten students are currently attending Kent Valley Early Learning Center. They arrive at Neely-O’Brien and are bussed to/from KVELC daily. Our families are highly mobile and come from varying economic and academic backgrounds. The staff at Neely-O’Brien is committed to providing a positive learning environment which capitalizes on the diverse nature of our population and cultivates high academic achievement through our rich curriculum and intentional interventions that meet students at their current levels. We strive to promote each child’s academic, emotional, social and physical development. We focus on the basic skills, including opportunities for enrichment and remediation. We take pride in our music and physical education programs.
ASSIGNMENT: This assignment includes responsibility for the effective implementation and instruction of Balanced Literacy using the Literacy Workshop Model, Writers Workshop and the Math Expressions (K-5) or College Prep Math (CPM - Grade 6) programs. Knowledge, proficiency and integration of instructional technology is critical to all instructional models and programs. All teaching staff are expected to be contributing members of the school and grade level team's Professional Learning Communities and participate in related professional development.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position is part of the KEA bargaining unit.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Valid Washington State certification with an elementary endorsement required and must be on file prior to beginning work.
All teachers of kindergarten students must complete WaKIDS 101 training and the inter-rater reliability assessment. Classes are offered by the PSESD June through August. Contact the building principal or the district Early Learning Director for information on registration and compensation.
Major or minor in elementary education
Experience working with elementary school students
Excellent technology skills and can use and incorporate computers/technology into curriculum
Must maintain positive learning environment and have ability to relate to all students, parents, and colleagues
Must be a team player with excellent management and communication skills
Must be willing to share professional skills with other staff members
Must have experience with or willingness to participate in integrated programs and/or team teaching
Knowledge and/or training in balanced literacy, whole language/integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, assessment tools and techniques, EALRs, constructivist mathematics, inquiry based science and social studies, cooperative learning, student learning styles, positive discipline and multicultural education
Ability to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the ability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community.
Experience working with a diverse student population and the specific school demographics
Desired teacher characteristics are: flexibility; ability to organize ideas, time and materials to accomplish goals; enthusiasm; ability to express ideas clearly and understand concepts being discussed; ability to learn new ideas and skills; ability and willingness to develop favorable relationships with students; knowledge of current approaches to teaching; and willingness to model behavior deemed appropriate by the school district and the community.
Primary Location: Neely-O'Brien Elementary School
Salary Range: State Salary Schedule DOE & Education / Per Year
Shift Type: Full-Time
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