Pacific Crest School (PCS) is currently seeking a Learning Support/Literacy Specialist to join our team to begin in this 2020-2021 school year. This specialist works mainly with children 6-12 years old supporting literacy and cursive handwriting; additionally, the specialist maintains centralized learning support records and coordinates the support services for all of our students, ages 4 – 14 years old.
We are an independent, non-profit, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) aligned Montessori school serving over 200 students ages 3-14 at our urban campus in Seattle. Founded in 1985, we are a well-established community of dedicated families and staff that together create vibrant learning environments to support and nurture the unique potential of every child.
Our Learning Support/Literacy Specialist plays a critical role in ensuring that all of our children can develop strong reading, writing and spelling skills, allowing all to fully thrive at PCS.
Desired Qualifications, Skills/Experience, and Approach
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, plus 4 or more years experience providing learning support in reading;
Training in Wired for Reading (preferred), Orton-Gillingham, Slingerland, or Lindemood-Bell;
Experience using The Wilson Reading Program;
Knowledge of child growth and development and familiarity with the variety of ways that students may struggle with reading, spelling, and writing;
Knowledge of dyslexia & dysgraphia is critical;
Knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices to support skill development in children who struggle with reading or writing;
Facility in utilizing assessment tools to effectively evaluate a student’s reading and spelling abilities, and to analyze those results to prescribe goals and actions for learning support intervention. (An ability to diagnose learning differences is not required for this position.);
Knowledge of the Google Suite platform, file sharing and other technologies, such as Zoom and document cameras, to support accurate record keeping and full engagement even when Covid-19 precautions keep some staff or children at home;
Ability to utilize a variety of teaching strategies both on-line (during modified operations due to Covid) and, possibly, in person* (when the school determines that it is safe and appropriate to resume in person learning support work);
Ability to develop a rapport with students that encourages students to take on and stick with challenging work in both small groups (2-5 children) and one-on-one scenarios;
Ability to effectively and sensitively communicate learning difficulties, goals, and intervention plans in conversations with parents;
Ability to collaborate effectively with teachers, teachers’ assistants, and parents to support identified interventions in the classroom and at home;
Appreciation of the role of writing as a supportive part of the development of reading and spelling skills is a plus.
Appreciation of and willingness to learn about Montessori education is essential;
Flexibility, creativity, critical thinking, self-motivation, strong organization skills;
Commitment to continued growth and professional development within our community;
Commitment to supporting racial, gender and cultural equity in education; and
Commitment to being a part of a community that nurtures and honors the dignity of every child and family.
Background check clearance, proof of negative tuberculosis test/clear chest X-ray, proof of MMR vaccine or measles immunity (titer test), CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne pathogens training
This is a full time, salaried position with great benefits. Depending upon local health department and state recommendations and requirements for in-person education, this position may work either in person or on-line. *Depending on an applicant’s ability to meet all job requirements, PCS may consider a 100% on-line arrangement for the 2020-2021 school year.
Interested candidates, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Dorrie Knapp Guy, Head of School.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $43,000.00 – $48,000.00 per year
We are currently providing distance learning, with the goal of moving to a hybrid educational model as soon as is prudent. We are following Dept. of Health/CDC guidelines re: cleaning, sanitation, and safety protocols.
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About Pacific Crest School
Pacific Crest School offers a Montessori learning environment for children from three years of age continuing through the eighth grade.
Our classrooms and our school community are based upon: respectful and caring environments, commitment to the support of human development, belief in the potential of each and every child, and support on the path to independence.
Montessori Education for Life combines the child’s natural love of life and learning with the values of hard work and self-discipline. Our students leave Pacific Crest with a capacity for self-knowledge, independence and the ability to chart their course to adulthood. A cornerstone of Montessori philosophy is the understanding that humans progress through stages of development. The program levels at Pacific Crest reflect these stages of development by meeting the needs and interests that are unique to each developmental level.
Our school was founded in 1985. From that initial class of 25 children located in a church basement, we have grown to a school of over 200 located on our beautiful urban campus on Bright Street. In 2003 we acquired our Farm on Vashon Island. Our students now extend their learning and their sense of place to include both the urban and rural neighborhoods.
Pacific Crest is accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools(NAAS). The accreditation process requires a six year cycle of self study that involves initial consultations with Pacific Crest staff, NAAS consultants, outside educators, and current and former parents. Selected areas of study become the focus of ongoing work during the six year cycle.
All of Pacific Crest’s primary and elementary teachers are trained through AMI training centers. Our Middle School teachers attend Montessori trainings for the adolescent level; these are offered by the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) in partnership with AMI.