Position available: a 0.506 FTE science and math teacher for grades 7-9 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Position available: a 0.506 FTE science and math teacher for grades 7-9 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Hillside Student Community School, a grades 5 – 12 college preparatory program, provides an educational environment centered on recognizing, appreciating, and sharing our gifts with one another. This is the true basis for education: it teaches us what it means to be human. We are located on eight acres of cedar and fir forest on Cougar Mountain. Small class sizes of fifteen or fewer ensure success and nurture community.

We believe that the development of a creative person, intellectually and artistically, is the highest goal for the school. Youth need a central set of creative and ethical values to give them the strength to be unique. Hillside integrates these values within a challenging college preparatory program.

Our school seeks to help students to discern and to develop their gifts and to share them with the world.

In addition to fostering academic excellence, we encourage students as they:

  • Risk mistakes—believing that errors are stepping-stones to creativity and learning
  • Explore feelings and choose responsible actions
  • Discover their own gifts
  • Celebrate the gifts of others
  • Participate in a nurturing, respectful environment


  • Bachelor’s degree plus current Washington State teaching certificate (preferred) or 45 additional credits or a higher degree in science, mathematics, or related fields
  • Recent experience with this age group or university coursework related to middle school education
  • Demonstrates excitement and love of science and mathematics and is eager to share that enthusiasm with students
  • Helps students to comprehend underlying concepts, not merely to use formulae
  • Loves and appreciates children
  • Creates an environment where students feel safe to risk making mistakes and learn from them
  • Has the ability to forgive oneself and others
  • Clear sense of humor and appreciation for others
  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the developmental and academic needs and behaviors of middle school students
  • Manages classroom effectively and fairly
  • Demonstrates the ability to work well as a flexible and positive team member
  • Demonstrates respect for each student and staff member
  • Clearly communicates with students, parents and other staff members
  • Eager to support the development of the Hillside community
  • Demonstrates the desire to grow as a teacher and a learner


One class each of the following courses:

  • 8th/9th grade algebra I or 9th/10th grade geometry (daily)
  • 7th grade environmental science class (rotating afternoon block class)
  • 8th grade general science (rotating afternoon block class)

Additional Possible Responsibilities:

  • Morning van driver (over 25 with valid Washington state driver’s license and passes insurance company van driver test) 2-3 times per week


Comparable to area independent private schools

Application process:

Interested parties are invited to submit acover letter, resume, and any other relevant information. We will respond to promising candidates with a request for a short video demonstrating your explanations of a few math concepts at a chalk or whiteboard. If a match looks promising, we will request a visit and interview with faculty members and an opportunity to present lessons to students will be arranged.

Please email inquiries to:

E-mail: susan

OR mail inquiries to:

Kael Sherrard, Director

Re Math Position

Hillside Student Community

5027 159th Pl SE

Bellevue, WA 98006:

No phone calls please.

Posted: 14 April 2013

Closing: When filled

Science and Math Teacher Job Listing.pdf