Reports to: Director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation
When Needed: 2019-2020 Academic Year
Do you long to be part of a school that shapes tomorrow’s leaders by encouraging thoughtful risk-taking and new approaches to instruction? Do you want to play an active role in supporting the forward-thinking vision and culture of a school by continuing to stay ahead of emerging education technologies, discerning best uses, and establishing groundbreaking lesson plans? Are you a talented, highly motivated educator that embraces innovation?
If so, we have the perfect role for you! We are seeking an Educational Technology Coordinator for St. Thomas School (STS).
STS is at the forefront of education technology. As an original Microsoft Showcase School, STS was one of the first schools to:
Launch a schoolwide 1:1 laptop program
Implement a Virtual Reality lab
Provide feedback to Microsoft during the development of OneNote Class Notebooks
We need an educator who is passionate and capable of maintaining and advancing our position as a global leader in education technology.
Help us shape our new Center of Leadership & Innovation, which launches in 2021, and will include a technology lab, makerspace, and learning commons. Collaborate with the IT Department and members of the Center to influence the choice of technology and equipment, as well as the curriculum to elevate student learning. Join us in continuing our tradition as a world-recognized leader in education technology.
Who We Are
A Microsoft Showcase School
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer
Robust benefits package
Professional development opportunities
Progressive approaches to education
Unique access to the latest education technology
Opportunities to work with leading companies in technology
1:1 Surface tablets in K-8 classrooms
St. Thomas School (STS) is one of the most established independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. We define ourselves by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student, serving over 360 students from the transitive ages of 2 ½ to Eighth Grade. Our core values for both our students and our staff include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. In your application, please include how you emulate these values and specify any prior experience you have in educational innovation through technology.
Under minimal supervision, provides an exemplary instructional experience in the classroom, and supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles. Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards. Teaches technology skills from our 3 pillars (computer science and engineering, digital skills, and digital publishing) to students from Kindergarten through Grade 6. Proposes, plans, and teaches Master Classes for 7th and 8th grades focusing on specialized tech skills. Supplements students’ “regular” curriculum with vital technology skills needed in the 21st century. Collaborates with other Specialists to enrich school-wide and grade-specific curriculum.
Develops curriculum and unit plans, teaching weekly classes ranging from Kindergarten through Grade 6, technology classes and special electives in 7th and 8th Grades
Designs and implements the technology curriculum and establishes emerging curriculum in the areas of computer science, digital literacy, and media production
Collaborates with and supports teachers in coordinating the integration of technology applications across the curriculum
Provides computer support for students when needed
Helps distribute technology to students, providing specific training on use, care, handling and the Acceptable Use Policy
Provides back-up support for school functions and events as needed, including student and staff presentations.
Assists in identifying specific educational hardware/software application strategies.
Collaborates with a matrixed team including members from Library/Media, Information Technology (IT) and Center for Leadership &Innovation
Sponsors middle school clubs
May serve as Middle School advisor and chaperone on class trips as needed
Stays abreast of current educational research and best practices
Develops positive, collegial relations with co-workers with a regard for the dignity and social/emotional wellbeing of others and supports community decision-making processes
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Establishes and communicates to parents and students clear expectations for classroom and extra-curricular operational processes and procedures (i.e., grading/reporting procedures, attendance policies, homework and class work expectations, student behavior, etc.)
Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Attends required faculty/staff and other meetings
Participates in Committees as required/desired
Helps with recess and lunch duties as is needed
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
A Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in elementary and/or middle school education expertise or related areas with an emphasis on technology education from a four-year college or university
Master’s Degree in elementary and/or middle school education or related areas preferred
3+ years of experience teaching technology
Experience in teaching courses at early childhood, elementary and/or middle school level in subject matter area
Experience in developing and writing curriculum, knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
Online presence as a technology teacher
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Expertise in writing code (various languages), video production, image editing, animation, social media, internet safety, robotics, appropriate on-line tools, research and source citation.
Familiarity with current learning theories and basic principles of human growth and development and ability to consider them in the design and implementation of learning experiences
Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
Ability to manage the non-instructional human dynamics in the educational setting
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Ability to work outside in all weather
Some travel required (field trips)
If this sounds like you, please visit our careers website and follow the instructions to complete our online employment application. Then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.