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Learning Coach and Handwork Teacher

Apr 17 2017 | Willow Tree Charter School | Bonsall, CA (North County San Diego)

We invite you to join our independent study charter program inspired by Waldorf methods. We are currently seeking a Learning Coach/Handwork Teacher.

Our community will welcome you to the small town of Bonsall in North County San Diego. This little town is part of an area rich in Waldorf community, biodynamic farms, private Waldorf schools, study groups and a close proximity to WISC (Waldorf Institute of Southern California).

The Willow Tree program serves a diverse population that might not otherwise have access to a curriculum inspired by Waldorf methods. The students at Willow Tree are taught to have an enthusiasm for learning, a healthy self-awareness, interest and concern for others, and respect for the natural world.

We are seeking individuals who possess high expectations, a strong sense of personal accountability, strong “teacherly” presence, a positive attitude and excellent communication skills.

The Learning Coach supports the lead teacher in creating and implementing an educational program and learning environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of each and every student for the Main Lesson portion of the day. This position is also for a teacher for the Handwork Specialty Classes for students in 1st - 6th grade.

Learning Coach Responsibilities:
Works with the lead teacher to plan and implement a program of instruction that adheres to Willow Tree’s philosophy, goals and objectives.
Plans and implement a program of study designed to meet individual needs of students.
Creates a classroom environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of study habits.
Provides input about progress through authentic observations.
Evaluates students' academic and social growth through multiple measures, helps lead teacher maintain appropriate records and independent study compliance reporting.
Participates and collaborates in meetings to improve student learning (e.g. GLIT, SST, IEP, curriculum development, individualized learning plan, staff meetings, etc.).
Helps maintain curriculum inventory.
Identify student needs and cooperate with other professional staff members in assessing and helping solve students’ health, attitude, and learning challenges.
Maintain professional competence through professional development educational activities.
Participate cooperatively with the appropriate administrator in employee evaluation.
Utilize technology as a means of communicating with parents/guardians of students.
Operate a computer and standard office equipment (e.g. copier).
Supervise students during out-of-classroom activities as necessary (e.g. field trips).
Participate in faculty committees, the sponsorship of student activities, and program-wide activities.
Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and appropriate use of conference and planning time.
Strive to communicate the positive aspects of our school program to the public in word and deed.
Work cooperatively with parents to strengthen the educational program for their children.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other staff members.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Handwork Specialty Class Teacher Responsibilities:
Create purposeful and developmentally appropriate lesson plans for handwork that provide for effective teaching strategies and maximize time on task.
Meet with each grade level for 30 - 45 minutes per week

Waldorf Experience (preferred but not required)
California Teaching Credential (preferred but not required)
Knowledge of and ability to teach skills such as knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, and embroidery
BA Degree
TB Test
LiveScan Clearance

Monday - Thursday: approximately 7.0 hours per day (8:00am - 3:00pm)
Start date: August 2017

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hearing and speaking to exchange information
Speak clearly so listeners can understand
Focusing on one source of sound and ignore others
Dexterity of hands and fingers to demonstrate activities
Operates a computer and other office productivity machinery
Seeing to read a variety of materials
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
Lifting objects up to 25 pounds
Close vision and ability to adjust focus

Our Teaching Assistants/Specialty Teachers need to have excellent interpersonal skills and a desire for warm collegiality with educational peers. We need professionals with a passion for co-creating, collaboration, and teamwork. We are looking for individuals that possess a strong sense of personal accountability, a positive attitude and exceptional communication skills. Along with these characteristics, we would like someone who can foster warm relationships with families and children.

We offer a competitive hourly rate of $16 - 20/hr.
Paid professional development opportunities will also be offered.

Please email your letter of interest, resume, scanned copies of certifications and three letters of reference to: [email protected]

We look forward to meeting you!

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