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Special Education Teacher (Multiple Positions)

April 12, 2022

Friday Harbor, WA
Full time


About San Juan Island School District

Located in the Salish Sea off the northwest coast of Washington State, San Juan Island is the largest of the many islands in the world-famous archipelago of the same name. Approximately seven thousand permanent residents share this fifty-five square mile natural paradise. Connected to the mainland by ferry, float plane and small airlines, island living combines a cohesive small-town community with comprehensive services and commercial diversity unusual in a rural setting. The community has a comprehensive library, a state-of-the-art theater that features diverse performing arts, many wonderful restaurants, an historic museum, two national parks, miles of public shoreline, and a vibrant agricultural community. A newer hospital and art museum have joined the performing arts center as examples of how San Juan Island residents work together to craft a unique blend of country living and urban amenities. The many land and water-based recreational opportunities that support the tourist-based economy are available year-round to residents. There are over 100 non-profit organizations dedicated to a variety of goals such as land stewardship, wildlife preservation, sheltering domestic animals and helping children and families. We serve nearly 800 students with an elementary school (Grades K-5, approximately 375 students) and a secondary campus containing a middle school, high school, and alternative learning program (Grades 6-12, approximately 420 students). The schools are unique learning communities with growing economic and ethnic diversity. Students are encouraged to reach their highest potential in academics, athletics, and the arts. The district is noted for high levels of parent and community involvement, low staff turnover, and strong voter support for levy and bond measures. Every spring our community awards well over $200,000 in scholarships to our graduating seniors. This is a place that values and supports schools and school people.

Our District Commitment Equity:

As we face the social turmoil of our nation and communities, we, as a public education institution, must take time to reflect on our own practices as we seek to create a strong and positive environment for the education of ALL young people as they learn and grow. San Juan Island School District unequivocally stands for equity, and against racism and bigotry.

Our District Commitment to Non-discrimination:

San Juan Island School District does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities 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 has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Cynthia McVeigh, Title IX Officer and Section 504 Coordinator: Becky Bell, Special Services Director (360) 378-4133, PO Box 458, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Out of state applicants are encouraged to apply with the understanding that a WA state certificate will need to be obtained prior to start date.

Salary range: $55,135 - $106,622 (Subject to COLA and negotiations.)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Washington State Teaching certificate with Special Education endorsement or be currently enrolled in a Special Education endorsement program, and have completed at least 6 semester credits or 9 quarter credits towarding a special education endorsement.

  • Additional secondary endorsement preferred

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Successful teaching experience at appropriate grade level preferred

  • Experience and/or knowledge of age appropriate teaching methods and state curriculum framework as pertains to implementation of Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements

  • Experience and/or training with cultural, ethnic, and language diversity preferred

  • Successful Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance

  • Proof of Immunization (if born 1/1/57 or later)

  • I-9 Employment Eligibility in compliance with the Immigrations Reform and Control Act

  • Completion of all district-required trainings within thirty (30) calendar days from hire date


Medical, Dental/Vision, Retirement, Long-term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403B, 12 paid sick days and 3 paid Personal Days per school year.


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