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Support Educator
Hilltop Children’s Center

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Support Educator

Hilltop Children’s Center
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(Fremont/Queen Anne)

Join us in building on the wonders of childhood.


We are seeking a full-time, 40 hour per week, support educator who is passionate, creative, intentional, and reflective in their work with children. The support educator is valued for their ability to:

  • remain flexible to changing needs of the daily schedule and move from classroom to classroom as requested by the Program Supervisor
  • create ongoing relationships with all classroom staff, children, and families
  • take direction from classroom staff
  • support and encourage learning moments amidst the frequent transitions they encounter

We seek educators who can support children’s work in:

  • developing a healthy sense of self in relationship with other people
  • collaborative and cooperative problem-solving
  • engaging in strong and playful physical activity
  • developing critical thinking skills around issues of bias and social justice


The most competitive candidates will have 3+ years teaching experience and have a degree in Education or a related field. We are looking for educators who have:

  • a commitment to reflective work with children
  • an eagerness to collaborate with co-teachers and families
  • a fervor for on-going professional development and growth
  • a disposition towards research and inquiry
  • fluency attending to the micro- and macro- layers of experience in the classroom
  • engaging communication and interpersonal skills with children, peers and families
  • strength in creating partnerships with children, families and adults
  • experience supporting curriculum responsive to children’s emerging interests
  • familiarity with emergent curriculum, Reggio practice, and anti-bias approaches
  • community enrichment/volunteer experience
  • a long-term commitment to early learning


Please email a job-specific cover letter and resume outlining your experience and education along with professional references to Nick Schmidt. This position requires successful background check and reference checks. Positions will remain open until filled.


Salary starting range is DOE, 100% medical/dental health coverage, generous leave accrual, flexible leave policy, matching retirement, and outstanding on-site professional development opportunities.

Business Overview

Our Story

Hilltop was founded in 1971 by a group of parents at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church looking for after-school care for their children. There we grew to offer full-day preschool programs to the local Queen Anne community. Our curriculum went through several evolutions in our first 20 years, including influences from the Montessori Method, seasonal themes, a Folk Tale-based curriculum, and tenets from the HighScope model.

Reggio Emilia Influences

In the mid-1990s those influences were loosening and dissipating, due to the presence of educators who had visited the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and were interested in incorporating the Reggio philosophy into their teaching practice.

Through the efforts of educators advocating for change in their classroom, Hilltop began to further explore emergent curriculum, reflective teaching practice, and pedagogical documentation. We saw the children at Hilltop think critically about their world, connect in profound ways with each other, and experience great joy in their learning. As a faculty and family community, we continue to learn in relationship and grow as an organization.

The Institute

Over the next ten years, through books, articles, and videos, Hilltop’s visibility grew in the early childhood field both nationally and internationally. Early learning professionals began to visit our school to learn about our work with children. Hilltop’s Institute for Professional Development was born out of our faculty’s desire to better our own teaching practice by collaborating with the early childhood education community, early learning professionals’ request for leadership from Hilltop, and the organization’s need to continue to grow and strengthen.

In 2008 Hilltop moved out of the church into our current space, designed by a parent and built through the work of many volunteers, to support the values, learning, and community of the school. On any given day, you might see children peering through the many windows in their classrooms or running their hands along the curved hallway. Through the ideas, imagination, and initiative of our whole community, Hilltop continues to be an organization of reflection, growth, collaboration, and community.

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