Early Elementary Teacher

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Elementary School




Impact Public Schools | Puget Sound Elementary








Early Elementary Lead Teacher

Who You Are

You are passionate about play based learning, and early literacy and math instruction. You are fiercely committed to equity and closing the opportunity gap. You are looking for an environment where you will receive coaching and professional development. You want to join a team that is values aligned and committed to mission.

Why This is a Unique Opportunity

  • Lead Teachers are teacher leaders. Every Lead Teacher is paired with a resident co-teacher who they help grow and develop.
  • Impact teachers earn a competitive salary, have access to a complete benefits package, and are part of a team that values both working hard and teacher sustainability. 
  • You will have exceptional curricular resources at your fingertips. You will not have to create lessons and materials – all will be provided. As a teacher, your job will be to internalize lessons.


How to Apply

Visit impactps.org/careers. From here, you will see our Lead Teacher openings. Simply click on the link and hit “Apply.” You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume.

Commitment to Diversity:

IPS seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement.

Our Schools and Locations 

Impact is hiring for three schools, all located in racially, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. Impact | Puget Sound Elementary is located in Tukwila, just south of Seattle. Impact | Salish Sea Elementary is located in Seattle’s Central District. Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary will open in the fall of 2021 in Tacoma.

Teaching at Impact is a unique opportunity. We are deeply committed to achieving our mission of preparing a diverse population of students to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven, innovative leaders. Our schools are tightly-knit families where every child is known, loved by an adult mentor and guided to achieve their unique, limitless potential. Our strong community is rooted in joyful rigor and committed to the following core values:

  • Bold Ambitions – We envision self-driven students and adults who develop the skills, habits and mindsets to impact communities and invent the future; we support one another in achieving step-by-step excellence along the way.
  • Brave Solidarity  – Diversity strengthens and enlivens us. Dissatisfied yet optimistic, we bring a lens of equity and inclusion to each decision and each day.
  • Team WA – All of Washington is our team. We are powerful when we work together, so we build relationships based on empathy and strive together towards outstanding outcomes for all public school students.
  • Everyone Grows – We approach each day as an opportunity to learn and grow. We work hard towards our own just-right goals, cheering each other on as we redefine potential.
  • Play Big – We celebrate. We wonder. We ask. We make and invent and imagine. We play big.
  • Intention – In the tiny and the huge, we keep the end in mind and reflect on the potential effects of our choices.

Through over thirty days of paid professional development, consistent high-impact instructional coaching, and personalized career pathways, we are deeply committed to each team member’s growth.

Core Job Functions

Guide outstanding academic achievement and social emotional learning 

  • Facilitate play based academic and social-emotional learning
  • Support scholars with early literacy, math, and language development skills
  • Create a class culture that is safe, inclusive, and where all scholars feel welcome and are on task
  • Communicate regularly with families, leveraging asset based language to describe scholar academic and behavioral strengths and potential


Commit to professional learning, development, and growth

  • Actively engage in instructional coaching and professional development aimed at improving your practice
  • Support the development of a new co-teacher/teacher fellow by modeling strong practices, planning together and sharing feedback with one another. *This isn’t a supervisory position*

Skills and Characteristics: 

  • Enthusiasm for early elementary education
  • High level of instructional and classroom management skills at the early elementary level
  • Strong belief in the IPS mission and educational model, including experience implementing – or a passionate desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning – personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • Ability to connect with and motivate a diverse student population
  • Value the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Exhibit a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Effectively collaborate with others

Educational Background/Work Experience and Eligibility:

  • Gap closing teaching experience with proven record of student growth
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passionate about learning
  • Washington teaching certificate (or commitment to obtain one) 
  • Must pass background check

Additional Requirements

  • Prior to the start date of employment all employees need to obtain clearance on a criminal justice fingerprint and background check. 
  • Prior to being made an offer, the hiring manager will ask candidates to complete a character and fitness form from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.”


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. IPS offers a full benefits package and opportunities for professional growth.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Impact Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Kristen McCaw, COO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, careers@impactps.org.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Impact Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Kristen McCaw, COO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, careers@impactps.org.