WHO WE ARE
Pinnacles Prep believes that ALL students, regardless of
background, deserve a meaningful education in a culture where every
student matters. We are deeply committed to our mission of
cultivating curious, confident, and self-directed students that
lead and succeed in college, career, and their communities; with
the vision of our graduates becoming the leaders who drive our
Valley's future forward--making it a thriving economic, scientific,
and artistic hub for the 21st century. Our school is grounded in
the following essential characteristics, which shape the Pinnacles
Prep experience for our faculty, students, and families. Our school
is small by design. We know every student by name, story, strength,
and need. All students meet with their mentor, daily, and we
communicate with their parents weekly.
We have high expectations: Our EPIC core values guide us:
Equity | creates a school culture that celebrates equity and
inclusion for all
Perseverance | leads to resilience which builds agency and
Inquiry | creates ideas and ideas lead to innovation and
Collaboration | leads to change we want to see in our school,
community, and world
We are intentionally diverse: Pinnacles Prep's students, staff
and board is intentionally diverse. We come from different
backgrounds and experiences in order to be reflective of the
collective diversity of our student body and community. Our staff
validates and reflects the multiple identities, intersectionalities
and experiences of our students.
We value context over content: Students engage in 9-week,
place-based interdisciplinary projects rooted in the Wenatchee
Valley, with a community partner. These projects apply the
standards and competencies students are learning in their
WHO YOU ARE
You have an asset-based mindset: You see every student, their
background and story as an asset to our school community.
You authentically value relationships: You are excited to be a
mentor 10-15 students daily, helping them find their purpose. You
look forward to communicating with parents, weekly, and the idea of
looping up with your students from grade 6 to 8 is exciting.
You have love kids AND have high expectations for all: Your love
and empathy don't preclude you from ensuring students meet their
You are excited by Pinnacles Prep's Mission and Vision: You
believe that ALL students can be fully ready for college, career
and to engage with their community.
You have a growth mindset: You thrive on feedback so you can
grow, and you expect the same for your students.
You want to be a founding teacher: You are excited to join a
founding team and shape the direction of Pinnacles Prep
You are passionate about student voice and choice: You believe
that students should have ownership of their learning and
facilitating passion projects is a goal.
You are a data geek: You use data to drive decisions in your
classroom, and collaborating with staff around data to make our
school a better place is refreshing.
You love to collaborate: You are craving to work with teachers
outside of your content area on interdisciplinary projects, because
you value context over your content.
You have an urgency for closing opportunity gaps and
individualizing instruction: Your purpose in life is to CLOSE THE
WHAT YOUR SCHOOL YEAR / DAY LOOKS LIKE:
SUMMER INSTITUTE: In order to become fully prepared for
Pinnacles Prep's school model, you will attend a 4-week summer
institute with all other staff at Pinnacles. Here, you learn and
practice our values, culture, systems, and curriculum. You will
visit each of your mentees through a family visit where you connect
with each student, meet their families, make authentic connections,
and build relationships.
ORIENTATION: The first three days of school you teach schoolwide
routines and procedures, practicing expectations with your students
and giving all baseline/diagnostic assessments.
SCHOOL DAYS: You start every Monday in teacher collaboration
which is driven by our collective needs for the quarter. Then, you
meet your mentees in the social hall for Community Meeting where
everyone gathers to start the week off to give shout-outs for our
core values, weekly announcements, and an inspirational
After community meetings, you begin your day in mentorship with
your 10-15 student advisory group. You get deep and real with kids
in conversations where your mentees are exploring what it means to
build community, know their stories deeply, expand their
perspective and begin to take initiative on the things that matter
most to them. You are constantly checking in on the "whole-Child"
of each mentee and monitoring their progress toward mastery of
academic competencies. On Fridays, you send each parent a grow and
glow for their child.
After meeting with your mentor group, you teach 6th and 7th
grade music classes, help out with the PEAK intervention block,
have a planning period, and a data meeting period, and finally,
work with other teachers in our interdisciplinary place-based
education course, called impact lab.
EACH QUARTER: At the end of each quarter you celebrate our
student learning through Exhibition Night where students showcase
their project creations to our whole community. You meet every
parent through student led- conferences, and feel excited that
you're not the one doing all the talking. You have one non-teaching
day at each quarter's end where you participate in a school-wide
data day, tracking school-wide growth goals.
END OF YEAR: At the end of the school year you work with your
mentor team to help them figure out their summer plan- for
academic, social, and extracurricular growth, until you see them
again in August.
Founding Music Teacher General Responsibilities
Daily Instruction of students
Serve as a mentor in our Advisory Program
Embody mission and vision of school
Teach, re-teach and enforce school-wide systems, routines, and
Provide engaging, motivating, and rigorous instruction in
whole-class and individual settings
Supervise targeted academic support and tutoring to small groups
or individual students based on data from formative assessments
Communicate regularly and proactively with students and
Provide weekly feedback for students that reflect mastery on
learning targets, standards and competencies
Collaborate with grade level team to develop and implement
9-week interdisciplinary units that have ambitious, and
standards-aligned lesson plans reflecting the current standards and
competencies taught in the foundational blocks for our Place-Based
Collaborate with other staff members and actively participate in
all professional learning activities
Work to continuously improve effectiveness in your instructional
practices, and incorporate weekly feedback from weekly observations
by the principal
Use feedback to make productive changes in performance
Participate in additional activities including field trips,
intensive academic support sessions, and other required programs as
needed throughout the year, such as parent empowerment
Be open to feedback, continue development as professional, and
take responsibility for student outcomes and achievement
Teach choir, band, orchestra, mariachi, or a combination of all,
depending on student interest.
Work with students on plays, concerts, and other events that
Teach students how to read music
Serve on PBIS committee
Work with students on music related projects during Impact Lab,
and support students musical passion projects.
Relevant music teaching experience is highly preferred
Current WA State Teacher Certificate or ability to acquire by
Spanish speakers and persons of color are strongly encouraged to
Salary is commensurate with WA State teacher salaries, depending
on experience. This position qualifies for an additional stipend.
All employees receive a full benefits package, and enrollment into
the WA School Employees Benefits program.
If you are someone for whom this job description just made you
excited we highly encourage you to apply. Please submit answers to
the following questions along with your resume, cover letter, and
contact information by February 12, 2021 HERE, or by using the
"Submit Application Here" button on our website.
What is the mark of a successful teacher? How does a teacher
know if s/he has been successful?
Why do you want to work at Pinnacles Prep? Please provide
Which of the following quotes speaks more to you and why? "It's
important to avoid getting bogged down in the details. Life is
about thinking big and freeing your mind to think those big
thoughts." "It's the little details that are vital. Little things
make big things happen."
Why does the opportunity gap persist in so many schools? If you
had to pinpoint one reason for their failure to produce equal
results with students, what would it be?
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Equal employment opportunity and
respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Pinnacles
Prep. Pinnacles Prep prohibits and does not tolerate harassment,
intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior.
All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal
capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color,
religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender
identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation,
national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age,
military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a
victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier
status, or any other protected class as established by federal,
state, or local law. The following employee has been designated to
handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Please
contact Jill Fineis, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org.