Position Available: Full-Time Literature and Language Arts Teacher for Grades 7-11 for the 2022-2023 School Year

Hillside Student Community provides a challenging middle school and college preparatory high school program centered on recognizing, appreciating, and sharing our gifts with one another. We believe the development of a creative person, intellectually and artistically, is the highest goal for the school. Small class sizes of 8 to 12 students ensure success and nurture community.

We are located on five acres of cedar and fir forest on Cougar Mountain.

In addition to fostering academic excellence, we encourage students as they:

  • Risk mistakes—believing that errors are stepping-stones to creativity and learning
  • Explore feelings and choose responsible actions
  • Discover their own gifts
  • Celebrate the gifts of others
  • Participate in a nurturing, respectful environment

To learn more about our school, you can visit our website at


  • Bachelor’s degree plus current Washington State teaching certificate (preferred) or 45 additional credits or a higher degree in the Humanities related to secondary school education
  • Recent experience with this age group
  • Demonstrates excitement and love of literature and writing and is eager to share that enthusiasm with students
  • Can flourish with the academic freedom to develop their own curriculum
  • Creates an environment where students feel safe to risk making mistakes and learning from them
  • Has the ability to forgive oneself and others
  • Has a clear sense of humor and appreciation for others
  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the developmental and academic needs and behaviors of middle and high school students
  • Manages classroom effectively and fairly
  • Demonstrates the ability to work well as a flexible and positive team member
  • Demonstrates respect for each student and staff member
  • Clearly communicates with students, parents, and other staff members
  • Eager to support the development of the Hillside community
  • Demonstrates the desire to grow as a teacher and a learner


1) Teach four regular classes

  • 7th & 8th grade combined, Literature and Composition (one daily 50-minute period)
  • 9th grade American Literature and Composition (one daily 50-minute period)
  • 7th – 11th grade Writing Support Class (one daily 50-minute period)
  • 10th & 11th grades, combined, American Literature and Composition (taught in 3 approximately month-long afternoon block classes alternating with 3 month-long blocks taught by another teacher—see schedule below)

2) Teach September and May/June Elective Blocks (1/6 – 1/4 courses)

  • Electives are to be decided in discussion with the candidate

3) Substitute and provide staff support as needed during zero period and afternoon block classes that the candidate does not teach.

2022-2023 Academic Schedule is as Follows:

First Hour 9:15am – 10:05am 7th & 8th Literature and Composition (taught daily throughout the year), 8-13 students enrolled
Second Hour 10:07am – 10:57am 9th & 10th American Literature & Composition (taught daily throughout the year), 5-10 students enrolled
Third Hour 10:59am – 11:49am 7th – 11th grade Writing Support Class (one daily 50-minute period), 10-12 students enrolled
PE / Lunch 11:51am – 12:41pm no class
Afternoon Blocks 12:43pm – 3:20pm Switching between American History (course will be taught by another teacher) and American Literature and Composition, 8-10 students enrolled:

August 29 – September 21 Fall Electives 
September 22 – October 21 9th – 11th American History with K. Sherrard
October 24 – November 23 10th & 11th American Literature and Composition
November 28 – January 11 9th – 11th American History with K. Sherrard
January 12 – February 13 10th & 11th American Literature and Composition
February 14 – March 24 9th – 11th American History with K. Sherrard
March 27 – May 3 10th & 11th American Literature and Composition
May 4 – June 15 Spring Electives (alternating schedule TTh & MWF)

***The two high school classes would cover the same material at different levels of ability.

NOTE: The high school classes are in a 3-year rotation with American Literature taught in 22-23, Modern World Literature in 23-24, and Ancient through Renaissance World Literature in 24-25.

Additional responsibilities which would include additional pay: 

  • Possibility of occasional or daily van driving (must be over 25 with valid Washington state driver’s license and passes insurance company van driver test)
  • Possibility of an afterschool club


Comparable to area independent private schools.

Application Process:

Interested parties are invited to submit a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) letters of recommendation, 4) and any other relevant information, such as a video of a lesson presented. Such a video is particularly valuable. If a match looks promising, a visit and interview with faculty members as well as a tour of the campus from the director will be arranged.

Candidates are also normally asked to present a lesson to our students if feasible. To do so, proof of full vaccination is required. Details pertaining to the lesson will be discussed beforehand

Please send inquiries to 

Kael Sherrard, Director

Re English Position

Hillside Student Community School

5027 159th Pl SE

Bellevue, WA 98006


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No phone calls please. 

Posted: May 18, 2022

Closing: When filled