Founded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school. Each Overlake community member is committed to the school's mission to inspire excellence, develop intellectual curiosity, teach responsibility, embrace diversity, and foster a compassionate community.
Overlake is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, employment, and other school-administered programs.
Middle School English Teacher
0.25 Time - August 2020
To apply for this position, you must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent and must be able to pass a Washington State background check.
We are looking for teachers who…
Have experience teaching people under the age of 18
Preferably, but not necessarily, with students in the 11 to 15 age range.
While Overlake classrooms lean towards a more traditional classroom setting, we welcome applicants with experience in other settings.
Demonstrate a history of an open and collaborative approach to teaching and learning.
All of our middle school teachers work collaboratively in grade level teams.
There is a wide variety of skill and comfort levels in English in our student body, and our teachers need to be fluent in differentiated instruction.
We have an established curriculum, but one we’re continuing to change. We want a teacher who can jump into existing courses and will ask “why are we doing it this way?” and work with the department to improve the program.
Possess a level of cultural competency necessary for working with a diverse population in an inclusive and equitable community.
We have a diverse student body, and we want all our teachers to have the skills necessary to ensure that their classrooms are safe, inclusive places for everyone.
We seek an English teacher who is aware of the racial, socio-economic, gender, and many other inequities present in education, and actively works to eliminate them in their classroom.
Can communicate well, both in writing and verbally, with colleagues, students, and families.
Much of our work involves clear, frequent communication with families on student progress, recommendations, and program information.
Model a culture of flexible, continuous learning for students.
We want our teachers to be people who are excited to learn and try new things
New Overlake teachers do not need to come in as experts in the specific technologies or methods we currently use, but should have the flexibility and ability to learn and improve on them.
This opening is a ¼ time, middle school, position, with the following major responsibilities:
Teach one section of 7th grade English
Expectations for teachers include providing regular feedback via frequent assessments, being available to help students one-on-one during study hall periods, communicating to students via our course management system (Canvas), and providing feedback to families via quarterly rubrics and reports.
English teachers in the middle school are part of our grade level MESH (math, English, science, history / social studies) teams and collaborate weekly with each other on topics including curricular intersections and coordination of major assignments and projects.
Substitute Teaching Opportunities: In addition to teaching one section of English, the teacher will be the first person we turn to for subbing opportunities within the English Department. In addition, the teacher will have the opportunity to sub in other departments if they wish to do so. Although we cannot promise a specific amount of subbing opportunities, the teacher will be the first person we turn to if opportunities emerge.
About The Overlake School
The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Northwest. Overlake believes that diversity is an integral part of its mission. The school therefore actively fosters a diverse community that contributes to its educational richness.