Guest Teacher Information

  • Streamlined Process and Increased Pay for Guest Teachers!

    Our goal is to have you ready to work with scholars in 10-12 days or fewer following submission of your application. To do this, we will be taking advantage of technological improvements such as the use of automation to schedule fingerprinting appointments and providing policy and procedure review in a digital format.

    Emergency Guest Teacher Certification and Application Process

    If you have at least a Bachelor’s degree, you can obtain an emergency guest teaching certificate from the State of Washington. In order for Federal Way to support your application through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), here is what you will need to do:

    • Complete an online emergency guest teacher application
    • As part of the application, submit two professional references from current and/or former supervisors. We cannot accept references from relatives, family friends or co-workers.
    • Submit official transcripts to HR indicating you have an earned at least a Bachelor’s degree – this is a State requirement. Please plan ahead and request them as soon as possible if necessary. Please address official transcripts to the attention of the Guest Employee Specialist, Tina Williamson.

    After your application is complete (including the transcripts and references being submitted), you will receive information via email regarding the next steps in the process.

    Certificated Guest Teacher application process

    If you currently hold a valid Washington State Teaching Certificate, you will need to:

    • Complete an online certificated guest teacher application
    • Upload a copy of your certificate
    • As part of the application, submit two professional references from current and/or former supervisors. We cannot accept references from relatives, family friends or co-workers.

    Official transcripts are not required unless you accept a long-term teaching assignment or you are hired for a permanent position with Federal Way Public Schools. After your application is complete (including the transcripts and references being submitted), you will receive information via email regarding the next steps in the process.

    Guest Teacher Pay Increase

    As of November 1, 2016 base pay for guest teachers is increased to $140 per day. Those who complete 35 clock hours of guest teacher training will earn $155 per day. Compensation for retired FWPS guest teachers is increased to $168.


    If you have any questions or concerns at any point of the process, please contact Guest Teacher Specialist Tina Williamson at twilliam@fwps.org or (253) 945-2027.