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The Gardner School of Arts & Science in Vancouver, Washington is seeking two Classroom Assistant Teachers for the 2018-19 School Year. One position is a full time position with our blended 3rd/4th grade classroom; the second position is a .50 position shared between our blended 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade classrooms.

Founded in 1995, The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences is southwest Washington’s only independent, progressive school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. Inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, our community of teachers and learners honors many ways of learning, thinking, and expressing. We hold in high regard the natural inquisitiveness of children. Using a deeply integrated thematic approach, teachers work collaboratively to stimulate our students’ natural curiosity and creativity. At Gardner, we believe in creating avid learners and engaged global citizens. Our whole-child, student-centered philosophy integrates homeroom studies in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and outdoor learning. Students also work with specialist teachers in science, music, art, physical education, and Spanish. Gardner teachers care deeply about children and inspire them to think broadly and critically. Teachers regularly participate in the life of our school community, working together with students and their families to support learning and build relationships.


Teachers Assistants at The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences recognize that participating in a professional community and contributing to the school’s wellbeing is an important element of a teacher’s relationship to the school. As a result, Teacher Assistants are expected to take active roles in the school’s professional and student cultures and communities in addition to their essential responsibilities. Teacher Assistants are expected to work consistent with and in support of The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences Mission, Core Values, and Curriculum Model and associated pedagogy.


  • Assist the work of Homeroom Teachers and/or Specialist Teachers as assigned, supporting effective and professional classroom instruction, assessment, and management;
  • Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development and on enhancing instructional practices and strategies;
  • Teach small groups of students in math and/or literacy instruction;
  • Establish effective communications with students and parents;
  • Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy environment and school experience, including staffing recess and lunch as assigned;
  • Actively participate in the school community and culture;
  • Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations;
  • Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships;
  • Support the work of the Head of School and administrative/leadership team;
  • Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional goals and development; and
  • Participate in non-classroom activities as assigned.



  • Earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher in education or a related academic field from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Demonstrated success teaching in elementary or middle school classrooms;
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with and motivating learners;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills;
  • ability to effectively communicate and work as a team with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students
  • Proficiency with computers (including Chromebooks), Google Drive, and word processing,database, SMART boards, and other classroom technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to create a positive learning environment and interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences
  • An awareness about how diversity and learning differences can expand teaching practices and enhance student success


Interested candidates should send a resume to Please indicate which position is of interest. No phone calls please.

It is the policy of The Gardner School to maintain a working environment free of all forms of unlawful discrimination. The Gardner School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, religion and national or ethnic origin, age, or disability in the administration of educational policies, employment practices or any other school-administered policies or practices.

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