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Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher in the Adirondacks

Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm

Essex, NY, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Apr 4

Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm is seeking a Lead Sprouts, Day-Care teacher who is eager to join a dedicated and creatively inspired faculty. We hold working with Waldorf Pedagogy close to our hearts. Our fourteen-year old early childhood school serves children from birth through age 9.
We are seeking a well-rounded teacher who is joyful, warm, and nurturing with strong interpersonal and communication skills and will create an ideal learning space for the care of our youngest children. The candidate should display a strong capacity to work collaboratively with the assistants in the program as well as colleagues from the Forest Kindergarten and grades 1-3 program. We prioritize candidates who have completed their Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training.
Ideal applicants will have the following qualifications:

Waldorf EC training certificate or commitment to enroll within the first year
Some years of experience with Waldorf Education
Ability to work well with children
Good communication skills
Calm, gentle manner
Well-organized, efficient
Works cooperatively in groups
Reliability and punctuality are required
Create safe age-appropriate learning environments both inside and outside
Proficiency in handwork (knitting, sewing, etc.) preferred
Musical ability, especially singing
Well versed in computer skills; uses email
Takes initiative, willing to work beyond scope of classroom
Able to be proactive in the classroom
Welcomes feedback and direction

Our Sprouts program is a year-round program for children ages 1 to 4. This is a full time, year-round position. We are certified as a group home day care through the New York Office of Children and Family Services. The Lead Sprouts Teacher will be required to work with the School Administrator to follow all NY State day care regulations and trainings.

Lakeside School is a farm- and forest-based Waldorf school in Essex County, New York that serves families with young children up to third grade. Situated amidst the Adirondack mountains and the fertile farmland of the Boquet River Valley, our school provides an enriching natural setting for our many programs, including year-round Childcare, a farm- and field-based Kindergarten, and mixed-grade Early Elementary instruction.
Our Vision
At Lakeside School, we strive to meet the needs of the community we serve: our children and their families, our faculty, and our neighbors in the surrounding Adirondack Park.
Our Children. By encouraging independent exploration in both farmland and wild forest we seek to expand our students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. By fostering compassion and flexible thinking, our students will carry with them confidence and courage as they join the global community. We accomplish this through:
• exploring the relationships between humans and nature through sustainable farming;
• emboldening our students to participate in forest exploration;
• building developmentally appropriate foundations of science, mathematics, language, and arts through Waldorf philosophy; and
• providing families with opportunities to nurture their children with a better knowledge of developmentally appropriate expectations.
Our Faculty. Lakeside School is committed to supporting the professional growth and creativity of our faculty by endowing them with the freedom of self-direction in developing curricula and facilitating a collaborative interaction between teacher, child, and parent.
Our Community. As a school, we strive to create an accepting environment that fosters a love of learning and a sense of hope for the future. Throughout the year, Lakeside School invites our surrounding neighbors to join us for seasonal celebrations, community discussions, and family activities. By practicing responsible stewardship, we model a commitment to duty and service to our community and land.
We are a ferry ride away from the vibrant city of Burlington, VT and a short drive to the Adirondack High Peaks and Lake Placid. There are ample opportunities for outdoor activities year round and a growing cultural scene. There is a burgeoning local agriculture community with ample opportunities for local and organic food.
For more information visit our website www.lakesideschoolinessex.org or call the school at 518.963.7385.

Please email us with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Maeve Taylor, admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org

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