Thank you for your interest in becoming a staff member at Sauvie Island School. Positions available listed below:

Long-term Substitute Teacher, Kindergarten
Sauvie Island School
Public Charter School

Position Information:
Application Deadline Date: Until Filled
Start Date: Approximately March 12, 2018 and runs through the remainder of the school year

Job Title: Kindergarten Teacher
Department: Teacher
Report to: Executive Director
Status: Full Time
Posting Date: 12-15-17


About Sauvie Island School
Sauvie Island School is a K-8 Public Charter School located north of Portland, Oregon between the Columbia River and the Multnomah Channel. Our school is the heart of the Sauvie Island Community.  Sauvie Island School encompasses one class of 24 students per grade; therefore we house 9 classes and 216 students in our K-8 school.

SIS provides the children of our broader community (Scappoose, St. Helens, North Portland, etc.) an opportunity to learn through the lens of Place-Based Education, engaging students in their learning and connecting them to their community. In addition, our approach supports Project-Based Learning and Thematic Instruction and values stewardship deeply rooted in the uniqueness of Sauvie Island. SIS provides quality standards-based core curriculum, as well as learning experiences outside the classroom so that students are engaged in their learning. The school is a meeting place where students, parents, staff and the community are partners in the educational process for achievement of all children.

Position Overview
A Sauvie Island School teacher understands and promotes the school’s Place-Based mission, vision, objectives, and policies both within and outside the immediate school community. The teacher is responsible for providing a Place-Based/Project Based and Integrated instructional program that supports the individual needs of all children. Teachers use storyline, backwards design models, and collaboration to design and implement these programs.  We use a Growth Mindset approach to learning and teaching. SIS has a strong commitment to professional growth/learning and collaboration amongst colleagues is highly important.  K-3 teachers also provide a balanced approach to literacy that includes, but is not limited to: explicit multisensory phonics/handwriting instruction, guided reading, independent leveled reading, home practice, writers’ workshop and iPad reading/writing opportunities.

All teachers at SIS are enrolled in a generous retirement package through the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. SIS also offers health insurance at no cost to the employee.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for ensuring that classroom and curriculum meet SIS philosophy, Oregon State Standards, and Common Core State Standards.
  • Adheres to Ethical Educator & Professional Practices as set forth by Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC).
  • Develops developmentally appropriate daily lessons rooted in a sense of place.
  • Provides instruction, organization and management in the classroom that creates a respectful environment conducive to learning, supported by PBiS principles.
  • Engages in weekly Monday Late Start meetings, monthly staff meetings, and team meetings and serves on a school committee.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment within the classroom and the school.
  • Adheres to all school systems, protocols and policies.
  • Maintains a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality when dealing with student information.
  • Arrives at work on time and can be flexible in participating in after school meetings.
  • Contributes to the educational community by being respectful, cooperative, and reliable.
  • Maintains a valid Oregon teaching license registered in the manner provided by law during employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience with:

  • Place-Based philosophy
  • Backward Design approach
  • Storyline philosophy
  • PBiS practices
  • Balanced Literacy Approach, including Project Read Phonics instruction, Guided Reading, RAZ Kids (Reading A to Z), Fountas & Pinell
  • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) & Dibels
  • Bridges Math Curriculum, 2nd Ed.
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Formative Assessment
  • Technology Skills- iPad, SMART Board, Document Camera, Projector
  • Skills necessary in teaching: gardens, foods, weather, environments, rocks & soil, poetry, biographies
  • Current Oregon Teaching License


  • A Bachelor’s Degree.  (Preferred Master’s Degree)
  • Clear communication skills, both orally and in written form
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Good organizational skills, as well as flexibility
  • Ability to create structured, positive and nurturing environment for all student

To apply:

Please send the following via email to Darla Meeuwsen

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as needed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Schedule:  Full Time

Positions Available:  1

SIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer