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Grades Assistant Teacher

Waldorf School of Lexington (WSL), now in its 46th year, is seeking a Grades Assistant Teacher to commence in September 2017. The assistant will be placed in either 1st or 2nd grade. This is a part-time, hourly position, working from 8:00–10:30 a.m. throughout the school year. Additional hours may include snack and lunchtime recess supervision.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a B.A. degree; demonstrated interest in the philosophy and methods of Waldorf education; elementary teaching experience; energy, commitment, and vitality for working with elementary aged children; and the ability to take direction from, and work closely with, the Lead Teacher. Waldorf training and/or teaching experience is preferred.

Responsibilities
The Grades Assistant supports the Lead Teacher in either 1st or 2nd grade in the following ways:
  • Helping with setting up and arranging the classroom each morning; helping with cleanup.
  • Assisting and supporting the Lead Teacher when children arrive each morning, during class, snack, and recess.
  • Being an attentive and helpful presence for the Lead Teacher and the children.
  • Helping children to help themselves as they get prepared during transitions, work with their materials, do bookwork, etc. This may involve correcting pencil grip, making certain children are sitting correctly in their seats, etc.
  • Joining in and participating in some classroom activities, speech work, flute work, etc.
  • Serving as another set of “eyes” for the Lead Teacher, observing children on all levels – academically, physically, socially, etc.
  • Working with students individually who need extra help as directed by the Lead Teacher.
  • Assisting in classroom management as needed, including assisting in resolving behavioral/social disputes.
  • Helping to supervise recess duty, learning how the Lead Teacher works with the class during free play and then assuming more leadership responsibilities during the course of the year.
  • Supervising children when needed.
  • Taking over leadership of the class to cover for the Lead Teacher when she is out.
  • Meeting periodically with the Lead Teacher.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.
Setting
WSL is beautifully sited 20 minutes west of Boston in historic Lexington, Massachusetts—an area rich with culture, historic significance, and natural beauty. Abutting our campus is a 185-acre nature preserve, and our site features a sports field, several play gardens, a biodynamic vegetable garden, and beehives.

Pedagogy and Program
WSL is a vibrant, faculty-led independent school for children in preschool through grade 8. Our pedagogy and curriculum, based on Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of human development, includes a full complement of offerings, including parent-child classes, a nursery program, two kindergartens, grades 1–8, aftercare and extended day, and summer camp and storytime programs.

The elementary and middle school curriculum has a full academic program including English, math, science, social studies, history, and geography. In addition, all students study German and Spanish starting in grade 1. Subject specialists in reading, English, and math support students in grades 2–8. Our curriculum also includes handwork, woodwork, visual and performing arts, games and physical education, eurythmy, chorus, and string ensembles and orchestra.

WSL enrolls over 200 students, with a faculty and staff of 50. First graders come primarily from within our early childhood program. Our 8th grade graduates may continue Waldorf education at the regional Waldorf High School close by, or attend local public or independent high schools in the area.

Diversity
We seek to attract a diverse student body and faculty, striving to reflect the socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the greater Boston area.

Accreditation
We are accredited by AWSNA and NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), and are members of AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England), and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).

To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or provide contact information) in a single pdf document addressed to School Director Robert Schiappacasse to resume@thewaldorfschool.org.

Assistant Nursery Teacher

Waldorf School of Lexington seeks a part-time Assistant Nursery Teacher for the 2017–2018 school year. The ideal candidate will have experience working with young children in a school setting; demonstrated interest in Waldorf early childhood education; and the ability work closely under the direction of the lead Nursery Teacher. In addition to supporting the teacher and children, the assistant’s duties include cooking, baking, and keeping the environment clean and beautiful. Priority will be given to applicants who are interested in Waldorf early childhood teacher training.

This is an hourly, part-time, non-benefited position. The Assistant Nursery Teacher works from 7:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday, 17.25 hours per week, throughout the school year.

School Description
Waldorf School of Lexington, now in its 46th year, is a vibrant, faculty-led, independent school for 215 children in preschool through grade 8. It is beautifully sited 20 minutes west of Boston in historic Lexington, Massachusetts—an area rich with culture, historic significance, and natural beauty.

Our historic school building features sturdy brick exteriors, glowing wood floors, and oversized windows that saturate high-ceilinged classrooms with light. Our site features a playground with a large sports field, several smaller play areas, a biodynamic herb-vegetable-flower garden, beehives and a pond with wetlands. Abutting our campus is a 185-acre nature preserve which is visited regularly by our classes.

Programs and Curriculum
WSL offers parent-child classes, nursery and kindergarten, grades 1–8, and after-school programs. The school’s comprehensive, arts-integrated curriculum provides core academics, two foreign languages, choral and instrumental music, visual and performing arts, gardening, handwork, woodwork, games and physical education, and eurythmy.

Diversity
We seek to attract a diverse student body and faculty, striving to reflect the socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the greater Boston area.

Accreditation
We are accredited by AWSNA and NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), and are members of AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England), and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).

To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or phone references) in a single file to School Director Robert Schiappacasse.

Summer Camp Counselors

Waldorf School of Lexington (WSL) is seeking Waldorf teachers to serve as Summer Camp Counselors for the positions below. Camp will begin Monday, June 19th, and end Friday July, 7th. We are seeking a minimum commitment of 1 week (5 days), and up to 3 weeks.
  • Counselor for 6- to 8-year-old campers. Hours 8:30-3:30 with flexibility.
  • Counselor for 9- to 11-year-old campers. Hours 8:30-3:30 with flexibility.
  • Afternoon Games Counselor providing group games, outdoor sports, water activities, etc. for campers ages 9-11. Hours 12:30-4:30.
  • Arts & Crafts Counselor for campers ages 9-11. We are seeking teachers who have experience with special craft projects, such as rug making, t-shirt dying, bread baking, painting, etc. and would like to teach for one or two periods each day for a week or more. Ideally, projects will start at the beginning of the week and be completed by Friday, as there will be different campers each week.
  • Camp Counselors lead children in the daily and weekly program, creating and providing indoor and outdoor activities that are age appropriate and meet a high standard for quality and safety. Each group or class will be provided with an adult assistant and teenage assistant based on the needs of the group.
Program Description
Summer Camp at the Waldorf School of Lexington is an engaging program for children entering kindergarten through grade 5. The program is led by Amanda Boyler, who brings a wealth of experience from her role as Camp Director at the Aurora Waldorf School, and is open to families, both within and beyond the WSL community.

The program includes three individual weeks of full days (grades 1–5) or half days (K–2 only), with optional early drop-off. Consistent with the mission of WSL, the program aims to cultivate in each child a sense of wonder and curiosity for the natural world, creativity, collaboration with others, and confidence to engage in new experiences.

The program offers unique crafts, group games and hiking, and nature-based play on campus and in the nearby meadows and forest. Mixed-age groups provide a welcome chance for new and lasting friendships across the grades. And true to the Waldorf ethos, we'll have fun rain or shine!

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Waldorf Teacher training and/or Waldorf teaching experience, preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and providing summer programs for children to include games, hiking, arts and crafts, music, theater, gardening, and nature studies. Having a specialty, such as circus and/or movement experience, is a plus.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children, parents, and young adults
  • Good project organizational skills; detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively

To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or provide contact information) in a single pdf document addressed to Amanda Boyler, Camp Director, to resume@thewaldorfschool.org. Please apply by March 1st.
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