Kindergarten/Primary Teacher

Kindergarten/Primary Teacher

Internal Employment OpportunitiesKindergarten/Primary Teacher

Kindergarten/Primary Teacher

Permanent Full Time

North Vancouver

Community Development

Who we are:

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation People currently reside on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC. Since time immemorial we have occupied Village sites all around səl̓ilẃət, also known as Burrard Inlet. This is how we have come to be the People of the Inlet.  Revitalization is important at Tsleil-Waututh, where you will see our language, culture, and stewardship of the lands and waters returned to our people and we are once again prospering the same way our Ancestors had for so many years. We are one of the most progressive Nations in North America because we have deep cultural and spiritual roots, as well as a great affinity for the land and water. This is reflected in our work and interaction with the world at large. Working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a unique opportunity as you will experience the wealth of Culture and strength of business practices.



This position is for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 1 Teacher. Ideally this teacher has experience teaching primary aged children, in particular Kindergarten age. A preference for teachers with a focus on developing literacy and math skills, using programs such as Read Well and Jump or Saxon Math.  Reporting to the Vice Principal, the Teacher is responsible for preparing, delivering and assessing innovative and culturally responsive curriculum to all students at Tsleil-Waututh Nation School. The Teacher provides educational leadership and maintains a growth mindset toward student learning, teaching practice, and personal/collective professional development. They recognize the relationship between social-emotional learning and academic performance, and aspire toward developing and teaching the whole person. By investing in the learners’ well-being, health, and safety, physically, socially, and emotionally,  they contribute to student learning, growth, and advancement. The Teacher works in partnership with school staff and is an active member of the Community Development team and will follow the education work plan, strategic goals and objectives of the overall vision of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  The Teacher will create student learning opportunities that align to the BC Curriculum, support educational objectives, augment classroom curricula, and extend academic/social/emotional growth. With a focus on innovative academics and land-based experiential learning, the Teacher creates activities and schedules off-site activities tailored to classroom learning objectives and student IEP goals. The teacher leads their classroom team, including education support staff.



  1. Following the teaching assignment assigned by the Vice-Principal.
  2. Designing, planning and implementing stimulating lessons that are innovative, creative and create a sense of wonder and curiosity both in all learning environments.
  3. Create an active, enjoyable and genuine learning environment that encourages student participation and a desire to learn.
  4. Ensure all content and delivery is culturally appropriate, sensitive and significant to the students.
  5. Consult with community leadership, members and elders with regards to culture and language as necessary.
  6. Utilizing research-based, best practice interventions, programs, and strategies to implement BC curriculum for the purpose of providing an appropriate educational program for students.
  7. Ensure all lessons are adequately planned, organized and differentiated in order to ensure the educational needs of students are met and adapted as needed.
  8. Assessing student growth through progress monitoring, as appropriate, in a timely manner for the purpose of assessing student academic progress and educational accountability and providing formal reports as required.
  9. Maintaining accurate records of student attendance, assessment and progress.
  10. Maintaining confidentiality and required records and ensuring privacy and security of records.
  11. Keeping Vice-Principal, and Principal, as needed, advised of pertinent issues and providing oral and written reports as necessary.
  12. Participating in IEP development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation process in collaboration with the School Team.
  13. Collaborating with the Administration team and other community development staff in the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials and programs, methods of teaching and assessment, and student support.
  14. Having a leadership role within their learning group, directing educational staff and working collaboratively with them to enhance the learning environment and support for students.
  15. Leading and supervising outdoor learning opportunities, ensuring that a safe learning environment is maintained at all times.
  16. Maintaining appropriate student behavior control and participation in the development and implementation of behavior intervention plans with integrity, when appropriate, for the purpose of classroom management and providing a safe learning environment for all students.
  17. Establishing professional rapport and building respect with students, staff, parents and the community by displaying a very high level of leadership, professionalism and ethics.
  18. Maintaining effective communication with students, staff, parents, and administration for the purpose of collaboration and planning.
  19. Participating in professional growth activities on a yearly basis, including certification maintenance, workshops, in-services, professional reading materials, and/or other available offerings for the purpose of increasing knowledge and ability to implement interventions with integrity and incorporate best practices.
  20. Proficiently using technology to communicate, collect and analyze data, and compile reports for the purpose of efficiently reporting information and communicating in a timely manner.
  21. Independently problem-solving, scheduling daily activities, modelling good communication and communicating and working effectively with professional staff and parents.
  22. Completing other duties as assigned within the same scope and job level.



Documented Evidence of:

  • A Bachelor of Education Degree
  • A valid BC Teaching certificate or eligibility for certification through the BC Teacher Regulation Branch
  • A valid Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) Category Card, and documentation for step.
  • Must undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Record Check – vulnerable sector.



Documented Evidence of:

  • Experience and/or Post-Education and training in Kindergarten and Indigenous Education
  • Collaborative approach to working with colleagues and a commitment to work on team goals for the improvement of student achievement
  • Training in ReadWell, Reading Mastery, and/or Corrective Reading
  • Ability to respond with flexibility, commitment, and good humor to changes and challenges
  • Self-motivated, with a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Commitment to professional growth


Skills & Training:

  • Exemplary teaching qualifications, experience, and training as a Teacher
  • Ability to teach multiple subjects in grades JK-12 in an interdisciplinary classroom setting
  • Successful experience in innovative instruction, design, program and risk managementCurrent and sound knowledge of the BC curriculum with the ability to adapt alternative learning methodologies such as; land-based, project-based emergent and situational learning to support learning across the core subject areas
  • Experience using appropriate technology to support educational programs
  • Successful experience implementing programs and IEPs for students with complex learning needs
  • Exemplary experience team-teaching in an inclusive environment within a multi-aged learning pod, leading students in activities that promote physical, intellectual and social development
  • Exemplary behavior management and organizational skills and an ability to develop rapport with students of all ages.



  1. Excellent organizational and time management skills
  2. Creative, adventurous and strong teaching skills
  3. Commitment to high standards of professionalism and academic excellence
  4. Curiosity and desire to learn about and teach in alignment with First Nation culture
  5. Ability to focus on literacy and numeracy
  6. Excellent classroom management skills
  7. Demonstrated ability to listen well and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with discretion, tact, courtesy, and professionalism
  8. Ability to build strong relationships with students, staff, parents and the community
  9. Ability to work effectively as part of a team and get along well with others
  10. Ability to work independently with demonstrated initiative
  11. Dependable with the ability to respond to a dynamic environment with flexibility, sensitivity, compassionate and empathy



a. Physical Demands

  • Comfortable working with students and adults, all ages and abilities, in all weather conditions.
  • Willing and able to work a physically demanding position and available to work occasional evenings, overnights and weekends.
  • Able to work in variable outdoor conditions, and the ability to lead field-trips and physically demanding activities.


b. Mental Focus 

  • May deal with children and youth who can, from time to time, be demanding and challenging. Must be able to remain patient and committed to teaching, and may have to engage in conflict resolution or crisis management at times.
  • May have to manage a number of projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs of children and youth and organizations.


c. Environmental Conditions

  • Interacts with community members, employees, management and the general public.
  • Noise levels may escalate during activities, events and outings.
  • Weather and conditions in the outdoors are unpredictable and can be wet, cold, uncomfortable, and dangerous



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We appreciate everyone’s interest in the role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.