Resident Teaching at Eastside Prep

Eastside Preparatory School’s vision is to inspire students to create a better world. Our mission is to guide students to think critically, act responsibly, lead compassionately, innovate wisely. The four mission components guide the development of curriculum as well as the evolution of the EPS culture. Founded in 2002, Eastside Prep was re-accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) in January 2019. Eastside Prep has grown from 17 students in 2003-2004 to a total of 530 students for academic year 2022-2023.

The Resident Teacher Program is designed to provide a graduate-level curriculum coupled with experience in the classroom. Two residents will be admitted to the program for the 2023-2024 school year.

Program Overview

The EPS Resident Teacher Program (RTP) exists to identify and develop new independent school teachers. Recent college graduates with degrees in secondary school content discipline along with individuals seeking to make a mid-career change to education are the targets of the program. The RTP addresses the strategic challenge of attracting qualified candidates to the profession.

Residents will engage in an experience that equips them with the skills and habits of mind necessary to thrive in the secondary independent school classroom and broader community.

Program Content

Teaching is a complex and multi-faceted endeavor. Part science, part artistic expression, teaching involves a blend of technical expertise and individual style. Throughout the program, residents will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Creating Classroom Culture
  • Assessment and Grading
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Instructional Methods
  • Adolescent Development
  • Advising

These domains are taught in the context of the EPS program, which focuses on integration, experiential learning, and critical thinking.

Program Sequence

Residents will begin the 2023-2024 school year on Thursday, August 17, on the EPS campus. Take a Virtual Campus Tour. Following a two-day orientation, Residents will join the faculty and staff as they return for the new academic year on August 21, 2023. During trimester 1, Residents will participate in a Seminar on Teaching, and will observe a variety of EPS teachers in their classrooms. During trimester 2, each Resident will co-teach 2 classes with the Mentor Teacher. During trimester 3, each Resident will have responsibility for teaching 2 classes independently.

In addition to the Seminar on Teaching and their unique teaching assignments, Residents will participate with the full faculty and staff daily for the entire academic year.

Teachers will leave the Resident Teacher Program with:

  • Mentorship from experienced faculty
  • Experience running their own classroom
  • Experience co-developing lesson plans and assessments with experienced teachers
  • Access to a year of faculty professional development
  • Specific professional development experience geared towards people new to the teaching profession
  • Colleagues who are able to write recommendations specific to their performance in the classroom as they pursue careers in independent schools

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for Resident Teachers is $44,000 per year plus benefits. More information on benefits can be found HERE.

Application Process

Information sessions for all interested applicants will take place on:

  • Wednesday, December 14 2022 at 1:00pm PST
  • Tuesday, January 10 2023 at 4:00pm PST
  • Monday, February 6 2023 at 6:00pm PST

Sessions are one hour in length and attendance at one of the three is required.

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2023.


  1. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in an academic subject area (Computer Science, English, Fine or Performing Arts, History, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, or Spanish Language).
  2. Applicants must be able to spend the full year as a resident of Washington State, working on the EPS campus.
  3. Applicants should have a strong interest in teaching in an independent school and must be willing/able to complete the full year program.


  1. Following the information sessions, applicants will receive a link to the online application form. For an application to be considered complete, the following documents will need to be included with the online application form:
    • Letter of interest (to be prepared after the information session)
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation including one from a professor in your academic discipline and one from an individual who can speak to the likelihood of your success as an educator (can be a professor, employer, peer)
    • A copy of college transcript
  2. Applicants will be interviewed during the week of March 6, 2023.
  3. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 17, 2023.