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Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Kindergarten/PreKindergarten Lead

Apr 18 2017 | Nevada Sage Waldorf School | Reno, NV

nevada sage waldorf School has an opening for an experienced Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher.

At our school, you will find an amazing educational culture with engaged and happy students and a dedicated faculty. Our faculty is seeking a like-minded colleague who is committed to collegial collaboration, self-development, and excellence in teaching. Our parents are enthusiastic and involved, and our board is supportive and visionary.

The school is 17-years-old and offers preschool through 5th grade, with plans to expand each year through 8th grade. As a Developing Member of AWSNA our school continues to grow under the guidance of the wider Waldorf school and Anthroposophical movement.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits including tuition remission, mentoring, and financial support for professional development.

Responsibilities
1. Meeting the Needs of the Children

The Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher is responsible for bringing curriculum in accordance with the principles and methods of Waldorf education, specifically:

• Preparing a school-year schedule
• Preparing daily lesson plans
• Guiding children’s activities and providing ongoing support
• Assessing the evolving needs of the children in the class
• Maintaining a healthy and orderly classroom environment
• Forming and maintaining a healthy social life in their class, specifically by:
• Interviewing prospective students and their families to assess the appropriateness of Waldorf education for the children
• Fostering social skills both in and out of the classroom
• Conveying an understanding of the principles and methods of Waldorf education to all parents


2. Meeting the Needs of the Families

The Teacher is responsible for incorporating the student families into the school life, specifically:

• Planning and conducting at least four parent meetings per school year
• Conducting parent-teacher conferences for each child
• Writing year-end class summaries
• Facilitating support of Waldorf education through use of Waldorf principles in home life
• Offering home visits for new children entering the class Parent education about First grade readiness

3. Meeting the Needs of the Community

The Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher participates in the activities of the school community, specifically:
• Participating at Back to School Night and Community Education Events
• Planning and conducting at least four parent meetings per school year
• Participating in and coordinating school festivals
• Participating in school outreach events and staying in contact with the Enrollment
• Coordinator
• Giving input to the Outreach Coordinator who will be developing marketing and enrollment materials
• Working with other early childhood staff, College of Teachers and administration to assess the need for and development of programs to meet the needs of families with young children
• Following WCSS guidelines and requirements for a Childcare Center

4. Meeting the Needs of the Faculty

The Teacher participates in the management of the affairs of the school, specifically:

• Attending Faculty meetings (early childhood and full) to address pedagogical, curriculum, and school management issues
• Providing support, guidance and supervision for the assistant
• Serving on school committees and in Faculty management positions
• Abiding by decisions of the Faculty and the Board of Trustees
• Being available the last two weeks in August for new student interviews, facility preparation and Faculty meetings as scheduled
• Being available for Faculty work days during a year

5. Meeting the Needs of the Teacher

The Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher makes a commitment to self-improvement, specifically:

• Striving to practice meditative life
• Developing professionally in the area of Human and Child development, knowledge of Waldorf Education, Adult education and anthroposophy and Waldorf school organization
• Cultivating capacities of:
o reverence, gratitude, wonder for the world and nature, unbiased observation, nonjudgmental acceptance of parenting challenges, practicing various arts for personal self-development
• Cultivating skills in singing, music, puppetry, storytelling, use of gesture, speech and domestic arts

Qualifications

The work of the Kindergarten Teacher requires the following minimum qualifications:

• AA, BA, MA degree or equivalent diploma
• 12 core units of early childhood education and at least 6 months of experience (minimum 3 hours/day for 50 days in 60 months). Additional experience is highly valued.
• Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training certificate, current enrollment in an appropriate program or immediate plans to enroll in such a program.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, and is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds. Close vision is required for detail work. Required work will take place outside and in a classroom and will frequently be noisy. Working with youth may require exposure to bacterial contamination.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Child Abuse Reference Check (CAIC) background clearance. Must register with the Nevada Registry and keep current with Nevada licensing requirements for Childcare Centers. Must return a negative TB test.

nevada sage waldorf School is located in the sunny Reno-Tahoe area between the foot of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range and within the beautiful high desert. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature year-round; skiing, hiking, swimming and mountain biking at nearby mountains, lakes and rivers. Reno also offers a thriving arts and cultural community. Lake Tahoe is only a 45-minute drive, and Rudolf Steiner College is two hours away. Combined with the unique opportunity for beauty, recreation, and growth that the Reno-Tahoe area offers, this is a foundational time to join our growing school.

To apply for this position, please email a letter of interest, brief biography, curriculum vitae and three references to [email protected] Include “1st Grade Class Teacher” in the subject of the email. You are also welcome to call Kelli Anastassatos, Administrator, at (775) 348-6622 with any questions.

To learn more about our school, visit our website at NevadaSageWaldorf.org.

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