Teach in a wonderfully supportive and mid-sized school district, just 35 minutes from downtown Seattle!
After 43 years in public teaching, and 18 years at Sakai Intermediate School, our beginning band director is retiring this spring. His position is really a dream job for beginning band people, and we are excited to welcome a new face to our small family here. BISD has 9 schools. Nine music teachers. Three band directors. Each of us is passionate about creating joyous experiences through music, for as many students as possible.
This year, our retiree at Sakai taught 148 beginning band 5th graders, and 142 of them are returning as 6th graders. He has started as many as 185 fifth graders in the past. Sakai is on a 6 period day, and he had his classes split between woodwinds and brass/percussion. He saw his classes every other day for 30 minutes. They are used to a fall (in-class) recital, and a mass concert in April where the whole school gym is packed for the 5th grade concert, and then again for the 6th grade show. Those are his only 2 courses. No music appreciate. No other filler courses. Just teaching band.
Given the funding uncertainty from Olympia, the district is offering the position at 0.8 FTE initially. It has been 1.0 in the past though, and I can imagine the last 0.2 getting added back in once the state passes a funding package.
Here's where the high school stuff comes in. I have a comprehensive program at Bainbridge High School, and our boosters fund several assistant positions. Pending qualifications and interest, here are some options at the high school that the new teacher at Sakai could take on:
- Jazz Two coaching
- Marching Band assistant
- Chamber Music coordinator
We've had 5 or more entries make it to State Solo & Ensemble every year I've been teaching here (5). I'll have 40+ students in my jazz program next year. It's a nice place to teach.
Again - it's a GREAT place to teach. I've found that our district is the perfect size. I know the Superintendent personally. He has two kids in band. I've spoken with our new Assistant Superintendent three times this year in passing already. Sakai's principle is at their concert every year, and invites the high school Wind Ensemble to perform at their Halloween assembly. It's a neat place. :)