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Aftercare and Extended Day Teacher

Waldorf School of Lexington (WSL), now in its 46th year, is seeking an Aftercare and Extended Day Teacher for the 2017–18 school year. The Aftercare and Extended Day Teacher works with an assistant to create a home-like environment for nursery and kindergarten students enrolled in our Aftercare program, from 12:30–3:00 p.m. The children enjoy outdoor play, followed by lunch and a story/rest time. At 3:00 p.m. the Extended Day program begins as children in grades 1–6 join the program for outdoor and indoor play, games, seasonal crafts and activities, and time for homework or reading. This is a salaried position, working from 11:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., five days a week, throughout the school year.

Qualifications
  • Experience with Waldorf education; Waldorf training is a plus
  • Teaching experience working with groups of children between the ages of 3–12
  • Confident classroom presence, with strong social and communication skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and parents
  • The ability to work successfully with an assistant

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).

Salary & Benefits
This is a salaried and benefited position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including individual or family medical/dental, and pension benefits; 80% tuition remission for dependent children. We also offer a 50% tuition benefit for dependent children who attend the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay. Additionally, WSL provides funds yearly for professional development.

To Apply
We look forward to receiving your application! Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (in a single file) addressed to School Director Robert Schiappacasse to resume@thewaldorfschool.org.

Chorus Teacher

Waldorf School of Lexington (WSL), now in its 46th year, is seeking an experienced Chorus Teacher for grades 5–8 to join our talented faculty and dynamic school community beginning with the 2017–2018 school year. The position is half-time throughout the school year.

Responsibilities
The Chorus Teacher teaches a total of 6 or 7 forty-minute periods to grades 5–8. Music selections will include classical, folk, world music, and contemporary popular music. The curriculum includes teaching sight reading and some music theory. The Chorus Teacher conducts students in two middle school performance evenings each year, and also acts as Music Director for the 8 th grade musical performance in the spring. In addition, the Chorus Teacher prepares and leads the faculty in a choral performance for WSL parents each year at the opening of the school year.

Qualifications
  • A degree in choral conducting is preferred but not required
  • 3–5 years of choral teaching experience
  • Experience teaching sight-reading
  • Confident classroom presence, with strong social and communication skills
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and vitality for teaching middle school students
  • Enthusiasm for Waldorf education

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).

Salary & Benefits
This is a non-benefitted, part-time, salaried position. Additionally, WSL provides funds for yearly professional development.

To Apply
We look forward to receiving your application! Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (in a single file) addressed to School Director Robert Schiappacasse to resume@thewaldorfschool.org.

Learning Support Teacher

Waldorf School of Lexington (WSL), now in its 46th year, is seeking an experienced Class Teacher to work with our talented faculty and dynamic school community in leading our 8th grade class for the 2017–18 school year.

Position Summary
The Learning Support Teacher (LST) works to identify and provide support services to students with learning challenges, disabilities, or differences at WSL. She or he conducts observations and assessments each year of students in nursery through 2 nd grade and documents each assessment. The LST also schedules and provides Extra Lesson exercises to students identified by the ESD. He or she acts as a key member of the Educational Support Department (ESD), which oversees identifying and providing educational support to students.

Responsibilities
Observe children in a variety of classes and settings and conduct assessments yearly for:
  • All incoming students
  • Nursery children before the fall parent-teacher conferences
  • Current students referred by ESD, teachers, and/or parents
  • Kindergarten students entering first grade
  • All first grade students by the winter break
  • All second grade students before March
  • Other students identified by the ESD

  • Write up and file a report of each student evaluation, assessment, or screening; share them with the ESD and the faculty as appropriate
  • Communicate observations and therapeutic work to the ESD, EC and elementary teachers, parents, and individual tutors, public school learning specialist, and other outside evaluators and specialists. Plan, develop, and provide students with Extra Lesson therapies individually or in small groups
  • Collaborate with the Developmental Movement Teacher to support students in grades 1-3
  • Participate as a core member of the Educational Support Department.
  • With the ESD, help to organize team meetings with parents, class teacher, and outside evaluators as appropriate to share and discuss a child’s learning challenges, and to explore ways to remediate them in and outside of school
  • Document team/parent meetings and any ESD decisions to modify a student’s educational program at WSL.
  • Maintain the Learning Support Room as a clean, inviting, and creative learning environment
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships and communication with parents, subject teachers, class teachers, early childhood teachers, school staff
  • Participate in class parent evening as requested Maintain effective communication with parents whose children are in need of learning support
  • Meet with parents as scheduled, including parent-teacher conferences in October and March yearly
  • Participate in professional development courses, seminars, and workshops

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Educational Support training from a certified Waldorf training center, including Extra Lesson and therapeutic eurythmy training
  • Teaching experience, and knowledge of the Waldorf curriculum. Waldorf teacher training and certification preferred.
  • Capacity to observe and assess children of all ages in a variety of settings and to determine relevant Waldorf based developmental therapies
  • Ability to understand and effectively present IEP and educational assessment documentation of children to ESD, teachers, parents, and staff
  • Accredited by the SSAT board for approving accommodations for testing
  • Knowledge and ongoing study of anthroposophy
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for successful long-term interactions with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Special education training and experience is a plus, with knowledge of mainstream developmental testing and therapies available to children
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a loving and supportive atmosphere for the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being of children


Salary & Benefits
This is a non-benefitted, part-time, salaried position. Additionally, WSL provides funds for yearly professional development.

To Apply
We look forward to receiving your application! Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (in a single e-document) addressed to School Director Robert Schiappacasse to resume@thewaldorfschool.org.

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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