Giddens School offers preschool through 5th-grade students an education grounded in the belief that critical thinking and social responsibility form the basis of an academically excellent curriculum. Giddens School is one of the most ethnically, economically, and socially diverse independent schools in the Northwest. Students graduate as curious, socially responsive, creative young people who are well-prepared for a lifetime of learning. Please visit our website for more information.
Job Description and Responsibilities
Giddens School is a full-day early childhood and elementary school with a robust and all-inclusive extended day program as a part of the tuition (that is a right...no extra cost). The school’s operating hours are Monday – Friday, 7:45-5:45. As such, on-call substitutes for Giddens School must have some or full availability between these hours of operation. Shifts may be 4-8 hours within that time frame. Assignment opportunities include:
Substitute as a lead or assistant teacher in classrooms ranging from preschool through 5th
Substitute as a specialist in Spanish, library, music, SPARK, and physical education.
Substitute as an Extended Day teacher.
The main responsibility of an on-call substitute is to ensure the continued excellence of a Giddens School experience in the absence of a faculty member. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Provide supervision at all times to ensure the safety of children.
Assist children with a variety of tasks and projects.
Follow the plans and the structure of the school day.
Supervise children during lunchtime and/or on the playground.
Communicating with the teacher, upon exit, to share the strengths and challenges of the day.
Education and Training
Substitute teachers must have a core appreciation and love for teaching, exploring, and communicating with children.
Applicants must have successful experience working with children, preferably ages of 3-11.
Substitutes are expected to communicate in a professional manner to all members of the Giddens community.
A combination of education and professional experience with children is preferred.
If hired, the applicant must also provide:
Current First Aid/CPR and BBP/HIV training certification, or be willing to obtain within 6 months of hire.
Washington State background check (we will provide information about this at hiring).
Giddens School is a preschool through 5th grade school in the center of Seattle. Our current enrollment is 186 students. In 2020 we moved into a newly-constructed, energy-efficient building.
At Giddens School, we believe deeply in each and every student's capacity to learn. Giddens School students leave with the ability to use academic knowledge when facing challenges. They graduate able to share their own point of view while considering diverse perspectives. They become citizens who can think critically about justice and who can commit to improve the world in which we live.