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Substitute Para-Educator

When you join the staff of Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL), you join a dedicated, mission-driven team of professionals who believe every child should have access to Early Support services and the opportunity to grow their skills and abilities. Our staff are passionate about our county-wide work with children and families with developmental delays and disabilities and aim to actively contribute to an equity-minded culture of appreciation and growth.

WCEL’s mission is to partner with families to provide high-quality, equitable, and comprehensive therapy and support services to children experiencing developmental delays and disabilities. Our vision is an equitable society where children with disabilities and their families thrive, experience meaningful connections, and have a deep understanding of their strengths and needs.

This position is located in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Bellingham is uniquely placed at the heart of the Pacific Northwest, nestled between the mountains and the sea. Living here you can discover your inner adventurer by exploring iconic cities, trying countless outdoor activities, and becoming part of a welcoming community.

Join our life-changing organization today!

Position Summary:

The Substitute Para-educator is part of the team responsible for assisting the teacher in implementing group programs to meet the needs of children and families enrolled in Whatcom Center for Early Learning early support services and the greater community.



Possibility of working at WCEL sites in Bellingham or Ferndale, and in the community offerings in Ferndale, Lynden or Bellingham.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the class routine and schedule

  • Help set up the classroom with activities in the lesson plan

  • Assumes responsibility for the attractiveness, cleanliness, and organization of the classroom

  • Supports families to feel welcome in the program, always being aware that for children under the age of three years, the child and family are one.

  • Views families as integral and valuable partners in the service delivery system of group programs.

  • Utilizes team building strategies in order to promote good working relationships among team members and staff members in general.

  • Communicating in a timely manner when a request for a sub is sent


Skills and Abilities:

  • A motivated self-starter and problem solver with energy, flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed.

  • Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, ability to manage multiple projects, attention to detail).

  • Excellent communication and conflict management skills including via written, in-person and telephone.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff as a foundational team member.


Education and Knowledge

  • Early Childhood and/or Special Education experience preferred 

  • Teaching Certificate with Early Childhood and/or Special Education Endorsement preferred.

Pay Range: DOE


Schedule: TBD


Please send resume and cover letter to

Please send your resume and cover letter describing your interest in our mission and how your work or life experience had prepared you for this role.

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