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Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Aftercare and Extended Day Program Assistant

Aug 02 2017 | Waldorf School of Lexington | Lexington, Massachusetts (Boston area)

We are seeking an Aftercare and Extended Day Assistant for the 2017–18 school year. The Assistant works under the supervision of the Lead Teacher 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. The Assistant will be familiar with, or willing to learn about and work in accordance with, the Waldorf perspective of child development. Waldorf teacher training and/or experience, or the desire to pursue Waldorf training, is preferred.

This is a part-time, hourly position from noon to 5:00 p.m. five days a week throughout the school year.

Responsibilities

- Assist and support the Lead Teacher with all afternoon activities (play, lunch, nap/rest, projects, dismissal, etc.)
- Supervise children
- Provide room set-up, clean-up, and general maintenance such as washing dishes, vacuuming, and sweeping
- Meet with the Lead Teacher for planning and review as needed
- Provide leadership for the group as a substitute if the Lead Teacher is absent
- Refer any serious infractions or injuries to the Lead Teacher
- Refer any parental questions or concerns to the Lead Teacher
- Work and attend mandatory meetings during the last week in August

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
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 [email protected]

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