Music positively impacts a child’s academic performance, assists in developing social skills, and provides an outlet for creativity that is crucial to a child’s development. Our district is committed to music education and all of our schools have an established music program and full-time teacher assigned.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties Elementary teachers provide instruction and support following district approved curriculum, instruction and assessment practices. This description represents the key areas of responsibilities - specific other duties may be assigned.
Student Learning and Growth: Creates a differentiated learning environment that supports individual and collaborative learning, positive social interactions and active engagement. Plans for student success by assessing each student’s current knowledge and skill level, sets learning goals and assesses student progress. Facilitates and shares responsibility of instruction and learning with students by initiating cooperative learning groups, student-led discussions and varying teaching approaches to accommodate diverse learning styles and language proficiency. Delivers engaging instruction, including project-based learning aligned to the subject using district approved curriculum. Maintains and provides reasonable and meaningful evaluation of student growth consistent with school and district policy and regularly and effectively communicates student progress to students and families.
Safe and Positive Learning Environment: Communicates clear expectations, and creates a learning environment in which there is genuine care and respect for students and a belief in their capability. Supports students in applying social emotional learning strategies and help them identify and remove barriers to learning and developing skills critical for academic achievement. Maintains a learning environment that is orderly, purposeful and facilitates student learning. Assists students and families in finding ways to help students develop a positive sense of identity.
Consultation and Collaboration: Collaborates with other educators at individual education plan (IEP) and 504 meetings, system intervention meetings, and school attendance conferences to support students. Collaborates with special education, ELL and intervention teachers to provide inclusive activities within the classroom for students to receive additional support. Actively participates in department and school-wide meetings and initiatives. Engages with students at school activities and events.
Minimum Qualifications and Skills
Successful experience or demonstrated commitment toward working with culturally and racially diverse students, families and communities.
Successful completion of a teacher certification program at an accredited college or university.
Knowledge of strength-focused strategies for students, including trauma-informed and social emotional learning (SEL) practices.
Experience or skill in creating a caring classroom environment that is orderly, purposeful and facilitates student learning.
Experience or skill in planning, preparing and delivering differentiated instruction that facilitates active learning.
Demonstrated skill or experience supporting and contributing to the success of students with disabilities.
Understanding of how injustice or racial inequity may impact students and families experience with school.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, work effectively under pressure, and remain flexible.
Ability to meet and maintain punctuality and attendance expectations.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
Endorsement in Music.
Experience and training in identifying and responding to anxiety in children.
About Steilacoom Historical School District
Steilacoom Historical School District is located in Pierce County, just a few miles south of Tacoma, Washington. Established in 1854, Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 is the oldest organized school district in Pierce County. The District serves the communities of Steilacoom, DuPont, Anderson Island, and Ketron Island, plus portions of Lakewood and unincorporated Pierce County.
The District is known for its student success in academics, the arts and athletics. Our schools offer a rigorous curriculum, with collaborative teachers who are committed to the "Best Education for Every Student." We are extremely proud of our working partnerships with Joint-Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) and the service we provide to our military-connected families.
Historically, the school communities have supported the District through the passage of bond issues for new facilities and local levies to enhance basic education. Just over 3,200 students are currently enrolled in the District's Pre-K through 12th grade programs at six facilities: a remote and necessary Pre K through grade 3 elementary school on Anderson Island and five mainland schools - Cherrydale Primary School (Pre K-3), Chloe... Clark Elementary (Pre K-3), Saltar's Point Elementary (4-5), Pioneer Middle School (6-8), and Steilacoom High School (9-12). The District employs approximately 337 certificated and classified staff members.