The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for an Intermediate (Grades 4-5) Teaching Assistant
We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.
About the Organization
Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for nearly 60 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being, a multicultural perspective, and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others and understand and respect differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.
Our community members at Evergreen value and embrace the dignity and diversity of all people. We actively seek and support students, families, faculty, staff and trustees who bring a diversity of identity into our community. Our mission makes it essential that we skillfully deliver an inclusive educational program that teaches respect for others, empowers students of all backgrounds equitably, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be leaders in an interdependent global community. At Evergreen, our goal is to curate a culture where every family feels fully welcomed and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community. The school community is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work; it is a place where all faculty and staff are required to complete SEED training within the first three years of their employment.
The Opportunity The Evergreen School is currently seeking teaching assistants to support teachers in grades 4-5. Teaching assistants work in partnership with, and at the direction of, the division head, the associate division head, and the Intermediate section teaching team. TAs help to implement the curriculum, provide supervision inside and outside of the classroom, and maintain the classroom. The school seeks candidates who demonstrate a commitment to anti-bias and anti-racism work and to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community that is responsive toward all differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles and marital, parental or economic status.
This is a salaried, full-time, benefits-eligible position for the 2022-2023 school year, beginning August 25, 2022.
Duties and Responsibilities Community:
Being proactive in learning school mission and core beliefs and in learning student names, their classroom teachers, and their family connections.
Staying current on school-wide information through Evergreen postings and weekly communications.
Attending regularly scheduled faculty, division, and weekly grade level meetings and taking minutes as requested.
Engaging in ongoing self-assessment, and setting and working toward personal and professional goals.
Demonstrating a growth mindset in working with students and colleagues.
Communicating regularly with the homeroom teacher(s) concerning student goals and progress and planning together so the TA understands how to best use their own skills.
Implementing instructional strategies in ways that support the homeroom teacher(s) and are in concert with the school's philosophy.
Accompanying groups, classes or individuals when traveling outside the classroom (field trips, class changes, office visits, etc.).
Informing the appropriate teacher or administrator in a timely fashion in the event of concerns about a student.
Working with students in small groups, individually, or as a whole class.
Substituting, as assigned by the division head.
Assisting with administrative tasks such as copying and mounting displays.
Preparing materials for projects and/or instructional sessions as determined by collaborating grade level teachers and/or the teaching team.
Maintaining supplies in the classroom and assisting in the ordering process.
Preparing written notes, making copies and assembling correspondence to send home with students or via the school’s intranet.
Assist with coordination and maintenance of programmatic structures.
Desired skills: Excellent verbal and written communication; demonstrated experience working with elementary and/or middle school students.
Desired qualities: Flexibility, humor, understanding of neurodiverse and twice-exceptional learners, interest in working with elementary and middle school students.
Serving as a regular recess monitor, implementing recess rules and discipline, and reporting notable student behaviors.
Attending and participating in required school events, training sessions, and meetings as designated by the administration.
Monitoring student arrival and departure procedures and traffic flow.
Maintaining appropriate standards for student behavior and discipline.
Adhering to guidelines, procedures, and policies in the Staff Handbook.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Education and Desirable Skills
The ideal candidate for this position should:
Have a minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Red Cross First Aid certification highly desirable; training will be offered at the start of the school year.
Demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, understand and demonstrate good customer service skills and written and oral communication skills.
Be familiar with elementary and/or middle school curricula.
Have experience working with students of elementary school age in academic or other related environments (coaching, camp instructor, etc.).
Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
Communicate positively and effectively with students.
Work in a positive manner with children.
Work effectively as a team member across organizational lines, including students, supervisors, colleagues, teachers, parents and the community.
Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.
Be depended on to report to work at the scheduled times.
Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
Computer (PC), Google Suite
LMS, such as Canvas
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle-area independent schools.
Applicants should submit the following:
A cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position
All materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Intermediate TA in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.
Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be asked to submit a 500-word (max) answer to the following question:
At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less.)
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
To work at The Evergreen School all employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must show proof of vaccination prior to the start of employment, unless the employee has a documented medical or religious exemption.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.
Additional School Information:
The Educational Experience
At Evergreen, we believe learning isn’t a one-way path. Our highly capable students delight in exploring ramifications and digressions, gaining strength from setbacks and successes alike. At the same time, Evergreen’s insightful teachers help students uncover and develop their own unique perspectives on every subject. Through “planned exploration,” teachers carefully design the curriculum and lessons, while building in time and resources for students to pursue unexpected discoveries and long standing interests. From preschool through 8th grade, Evergreen’s hands-on curriculum encourages experimentation. In our extensively equipped BIG Lab (Build Imagine Grow), on overnight trips, during Adventure Days, and on the month-long 8th grade Global Studies trip, students expand their curiosity and put their classroom discoveries into practice. Equally important, we intentionally interweave academic subjects with social and emotional learning and an active commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity—so that as students grow intellectually, they also become increasingly self-aware, build ethical relationships with others, and continually strive to improve the wider world.
Head of School
On July 1, 2020, Halsey Bell became Evergreen’s fifth head of school.
Grade Levels: Preschool through 8th grade
Class Size: 14-17 students
Ratio: 7:1 (students to full-time faculty)
Faculty and Staff
132 faculty and staff, including 55 full-time faculty, 5 part-time faculty, and 20 teaching assistants. Faculty includes 2 counselors and 2 learning resource coordinators. Approximately 71% of teaching faculty hold an advanced degree.
Evergreen occupies four and a half acres that include forested area typical of the Pacific Northwest, as well as distinct wetlands and native vegetation. A recent renovation and addition added significant new classroom and administration buildings, including the BIG Lab, our state-of-the-art makerspace, as well as beautiful outdoor gathering areas and courtyards.
14% of Evergreen families receive need-based financial aid, totaling approximately $1.5 million.
Accreditation & Membership
The Evergreen School is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS), National Association for Gifted Children, Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Evergreen School is proud to be a Platinum-Certified Washington Green School and a Sustaining Green School in the King County Green Schools Program.