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The Bridge School – Open Teaching Positions for 2022-2023
The Bridge School Cooperative Elementary School – For children ages 5-11 (K-5)

Vacancies: elementary school teacher, part-time and/or full-time
Remuneration: Employee; Depends on experience and contractual schedule

ABOUT PONT SCHOOL
The Bridge School is an independent co-operative school serving children ages 5-11 (K-5). We provide an education rich in exploration, community, interdisciplinary learning, and learning OUTSIDE the classroom. Our mission is to provide a progressive elementary program that promotes authentic learning throughout a child’s development. We are a cooperative school because we believe in the strength of the community working together to create a strong school program and we believe that every child and adult here has a unique role to play. To learn more about us, visit our website: http://www.BridgeSchoolCoop.org.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT
We provide a friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment where we draw on the strengths of staff members, families, students, and the community to inspire teaching. Weekly staff meetings provide opportunities to listen, share ideas and have the voice you need as an educator and creativity is encouraged; our small size provides the flexibility to easily shift gears, discard what doesn’t work, and incorporate alternate approaches as needed. We believe that real learning happens with authentic experiences and that teachers are expected to extend the classroom into the community for field trips and outdoor excursions.

SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Basic academic program: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

JOB DESCRIPTION
We are looking for qualified classroom teachers for the 2022-2023 school year. Our teachers have varied schedules, from full-time to part-time, depending on your availability and our current needs. We work closely with all of our employees to utilize their interests, abilities and availability in our vacancies.

All teachers work with multi-age classes and we expect interdisciplinary, differentiated and project-based approaches. Teachers are expected to play a leading role in choosing and developing their own teaching activities and curriculum, in collaboration with principals. Teaching at The Bridge School is best suited to those who are comfortable with and excited about the possibilities of having creative freedom with curriculum and teaching techniques, and determining how to serve students. All class teachers work as a team and teaching is supported by specialists in music, drama, art and outdoor education.

Qualifications required
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
WA state certification or equivalent certification/experience
Strong understanding and passion for progressive education and holistic child development
Experience differentiated instruction in a classroom
Ability and willingness to create emergent programs and projects based on the classroom community
Strong collaborative skills and willingness to work in a team
Ability to support, manage and communicate with parents
Strong overall organizational and communication skills
Desire and comfort to learn outside of the classroom
Creative thinking and problem solving skills
Ability to have an overview of the educational process

It would also be nice if you had…
Experience in teaching multi-age classes
Work experience in a cooperative educational setting
Special skill(s) – e.g. visual/performing arts, outdoor education, gifted or specialized training, foreign language, technology, math/science, etc.

To be successful in this position, you must…
Have a sense of humor
Loving, respecting and understanding the developing child
Enjoy helping students develop their own voices and learning strategies
Be flexible, innovative and stimulating
Being able to listen to new ideas and share your own
Be enthusiastic about hands-on, experiential learning
Value and desire to be part of a developing learning community
Willingness to learn and adapt

Remuneration: according to position and experience; Salary and hourly positions available; Competitive

To apply, please submit the following…
Job application at the relay school (available on http://www.bridgeschoolcoop.org/employment)
current resume
A typed page explaining why you want to teach at The Bridge School and detailing your strengths and skills
2-3 reference letters (at least two professional)
Copies of teaching certificates and/or supporting documents and/or list proving competence, experience, other certifications or continuing education

Email: hiring@BridgeSchoolCoop.org
Mail: THE BRIDGE SCHOOL / PO Box 48074, Burien, WA 98148

CLOSING DATE: Open until full

Declaration of non-discrimination:
The Bridge School is committed to an equal employment opportunity policy. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants equally, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran or marital status, disability and all other classes protected by law.

Jessica C. Bell