If you are passionate about leading the next generation into the future, please considering joining SoWashCo Schools
We offer competitive pay and many of our employees are eligible for a benefits package that may include:
- 403B Retirement Accounts with District Matching
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Long-term Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Minnesota PERA/TRA Contributions
- Paid Time Off
- Professional Development Opportunities
About SoWashCo Schools
We are the sixth-largest school district in the state of Minnesota and serve more than 18,500 students. SoWashCo Schools employs more than 2,500 employees, including 1,400 licensed teachers and administrators.
Our district encompasses seven cities and townships including:
- Afton Township
- Cottage Grove
- Denmark Township
- Grey Cloud Island Township
- South Saint Paul
Become a Substitute Teacher for SoWashCo Schools
Teachers on Call® is proud to partner with SoWashCo Schools to provide exceptional substitute teachers!
Student Teaching at SoWashCo Schools
SoWashCo Schools welcomes current college/university students to complete their student teaching requirements in our schools. Get real, hands-on classroom experience with both students and staff. Learn teaching techniques from staff and apply what you have learned in our classrooms.
Interested in becoming a student teacher for SoWashCo Schools? Please complete our initial application process.
What documents to include in the initial application process:
- Cover letter
- Letter of recommendation (not required)
- Latest transcript from college/university (not required)
- Other relevant files
“Helping start a student’s days off with a ‘good morning’ or ending it with a smile and a ‘how was your day?’ can make a big difference in their lives.”
- Brenda Newton
Department of Transportation
About Our Communities
Cottage Grove is a growing community in the Southeast Twin Cities metropolitan area. Situated close to St. Paul, residents and businesses have the best of both worlds with access to urban opportunities and recreational amenities in their own backyards.
Woodbury was originally named Red Rock, after a sacred stone supposedly painted by the famous Dakota Chief Little Crow. The town was renamed in 1859 when the Minnesota State Legislature discovered another Red Rock Township in the state.
Woodbury is now the state's eighth-largest city with continued expected growth. Woodbury is known for its close proximity to major employment centers as well as the St. Croix River Valley, providing a beautiful natural setting and year-round recreational opportunities.
St. Paul Park
St. Paul Park was first established in the late 1880s as a manufacturing town that has evolved into a beautiful residential community along the banks of the Mississippi River, just five miles downstream from St. Paul.
St. Paul Park is known for its small town feel. With most of the land developed in St. Paul Park, future growth is carefully focused on infill and redevelopment of residential, commercial and light industrial areas.
Newport is primarily a residential community and its strength is the people who live within the city. Newport is a small river community with residential streets bordered by large trees, which wind their way along the river's edge and the blufflands. Newport's small town persona is retained even though it is within a 15 minute commute to St. Paul and Minneapolis. Newport continues to encourage growth and development within the community.
Afton is located approximately 15 miles east of downtown St. Paul and is on the eastern border of Minnesota. Afton sits along the beautiful St. Croix River offering opportunities for boating and fishing. Afton also has a large park in the old village and has many unique shops and restaurants to visit.
Settlers first came to Denmark Township in 1838. It was located between the Mississippi River and Lake St. Croix, a natural stopping point for travelers, and was known as Point Douglas. By 1858, Point Douglas was a thriving lumbering and supply center, but eventually agriculture replaced the lumber industry.
Today, the township is made up of semi-rural residential neighborhoods and farms including apple orchards and berry farms that attract hundred of visitors each year. Denmark Township has many parks and recreational areas.
Grey Cloud Island
Grey Cloud Island has a long history of settlement by Native American peoples. In the 1830s about 40 families of the Mdewakanton band headed by Medicine Bottle moved from Kaposia (South St. Paul) to the northwestern part of Grey Cloud Island. The Treaties of 1837, by which the Dakota ceded their lands east of the Mississippi to the United States, required all Dakota villages be moved. Their houses were taken over by the families of fur traders.
Today, Grey Cloud Island is a rural area with about 125 homes. Because of rising water levels, Grey Cloud Island consists of about 2,000 acres.