Lead Teacher





Elementary School




Impact Public Schools | Puget Sound Elementary






To join our team, please visit our website (impactps.org) and follow the link to the careers page. From there, you can click on the Lead Teacher job and upload your cover letter and resume.

Who You Are

Impact Public Schools (IPS) is looking for a diverse group of experienced educators with a track record of closing the opportunity gap and who are seeking teacher leadership opportunities. If you have a fierce commitment to equity and are passionate about rigorous academics paired with social emotional learning, our school may be the perfect fit for you.


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.
  • Lead Teachers are able to apply for Impact’s Leadership Fellows Program, where they receive leadership training and form a pipeline for filling future leadership roles in the organization.
  • Our team is mission driven and this is an organization that lives it’s values each day.
  • Impact Public Schools is closing the opportunity gap – our scholars exceeded national expectations on multiple growth measures, including Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Assessment and the national norm-referenced NWEA MAP assessments. You can be part of a team that is truly achieving exceptional results in Washington.

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

Impact is hiring for two schools, both 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. There are openings at both campuses for the 2020-2021 school year.

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 student character development 

  • Execute our core instructional model, leading high quality literacy, problem solving, and social emotional lessons from the IPS curriculum
  • Build an empowering learning environment that excites and invests students in their learning
  • Exemplify IPS’s core values in all interactions with students, families, and colleagues
  • Utilize data to drive instruction and intervention

Serve as a mentor to students 

  • Coach, support and advocate for mentees throughout their academic career
  • Start each day with student mentees to set and monitor long-term, mid-term and short-term goals

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:

  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for early literacy and math instruction
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • High level of instructional and classroom management skills
  • 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
  • High moral character
  • 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


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. IPS offers all teachers a full benefits package and extensive 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: Jen Wickens, CEO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, jwickens@impactps.org.