Employment Opportunties

Lower School Teacher

Harbor School is seeking a Lower School teacher to begin August 1, 2021. This is a full time, exempt position.

Founded in 1995, Harbor School is a K-8 independent school on Vashon Island. With a 10:1 student-teacher ratio and guided by the cornerstone values of compassion, personal best, integrity, accountability, respect, and responsibility. Our mission is to inspire young scholars to contribute their wisdom, compassion, and personal best in the classroom, the community, and the world. 

Harbor School is located on Vashon Island, just a 20 minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. We are a close knit community and knowing and valuing our students and families is an important aspect of our program. Aside from traditional classroom learning, Harbor School emphasizes learning opportunities outside of the classroom including service learning, travel learning and outdoor education. Lower School teachers support our Middle School travel study program by assisting with planning and chaperoning school trips.


The Lower School Teacher is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing instructional programming that promotes the academic, social-emotional, and physical growth of students in a multi-age (K-3) primary classroom, in alignment with the mission of the Harbor School. The Lower School teacher works as part of a teaching team with other teachers to support our primary students and may be responsible for literacy, math, science and social studies instruction for various grade levels.

Working closely with colleagues and the Head of School, s/he: 

Integrates research-based, best practices and appropriate educational technology to support and differentiate instruction

Encourages and monitors the progress of students and communicates regularly with students’ families about their progress

Participates in planning and curriculum development including developing and implementing cross curricular, thematic units 

Participates in faculty meetings and professional development programming

Supports the school’s strategic, retention, and recruiting efforts through committee work and admissions events

Adheres to the expectations outlined in the Faculty Handbook and fulfills other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree required; teaching certificate with appropriate endorsements preferred

Successful elementary school teaching experience

Teaching experience in independent schools preferred but not necessary

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Commitment to mission, vision and core values of Harbor School

Demonstrates excellent classroom management and the ability to oversee and ensure the safety of students in and out of the classroom 

Strong written and oral communication, including fluency in English

Collaborates effectively with colleagues as part of a professional learning community

Establishes and maintains positive partnerships with parent community and the greater community

Exhibits a commitment to social justice, professional reflection, and anti-racism work

Eligible to work in the United States 


Compensation includes competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE - To be considered for this position please email the items listed below (preferably in one PDF document) to .

A cover letter of interest in the position.

A current resume with relevant experience and three references.

Harbor School is an equal opportunity employer seeking a more culturally diverse workplace. Harbor School  does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.