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First Grade Class Teacher

Richmond Waldorf School

Richmond, VA, USA

Full time

First Grade

Mar 31

Classification: Exempt
Department: Faculty
Reports To: Director of Education/College Chair/or designee by Director of Administration
Date: February, 2022


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Founded in 1996, richmond waldorf school is celebrating its 25th year in operation, currently serving 185 students in grades Pre-K through 8th. Our beautiful campus is located on the Northside of Richmond city, giving our campus a uniquely urban feel. Our full specialty program includes Movement Arts, Russian, Spanish, Biking, Handwork, Woodwork, Visual Arts, Latin, and Algebra. richmond waldorf school is a Candidate School of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools).

Richmond, Virginia is a beautiful river city with many restaurants, a thriving arts and music scene, and inviting parks and green spaces. It offers many outdoor parks, botanical gardens, and walking trails. The James River winds its way through the heart of the city, offering four seasons of outdoor adventure, from bird-watching to mountain biking to paddling challenging Class IV rapids. Located along the I-95 eastern corridor, Richmond is only a few hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Washington, DC, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Virginia and North Carolina coastal beaches.

Summary/Objective:
To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic and personal potential. The class teacher serves as the leader of the class community and oversees its educational, social and practical functions. The class teacher also works with colleagues and parents to support the class community.


Essential Functions:
• Researches the curriculum and methodologies for the grade level being taught
• Prepares appropriate activities, trips, and outings to effectively instruct the class
• Creates the year’s main lesson block plan and plans for on-going classes (language arts, math, painting, modeling, form drawing, etc.)
• Prepares and presents lessons that are inspired by and expressive of Waldorf pedagogy
• Engages students in appropriate intellectual, artistic, practical, and social activities
• Nurtures the class community of students
• Nurtures the class community of parents and colleagues
• Maintains positive relationships with parents and responds to all parent concerns
• Maintains positive, professional relationships with colleagues and responds to all collegial concerns
• Collaborates with specialty teachers to support their work with the class
• Schedules parent conferences, as necessary
• Coordinates a minimum of 3 parent evenings per year
• Works with colleagues in faculty and section meetings
• Works with parents and volunteers in committee meetings, task forces, and on projects
• Submits rubrics at parent-teacher conferences
• Submits end-of-year reports
• Submits quarterly and semester reports/ grades (grades 6 (after midyear), 7, & 8)
• Writes student recommendations as needed
• Reviews and assesses the effectiveness of main lesson blocks and on-going classes
• Works with mentor at least bi-weekly (weekly for teachers in their 1st year of teaching their subject)
• Engages in on-going professional and personal growth
• Attends and participates in Open Houses, Fall Fest, Auction, May Faire, all-school work days, and all-school festivals and other all-school events
• Prepares substitution plans for main lessons and for on-going classes
• Substitutes for specialty classes when needed
• Conducts interviews of potential students and meets with their parents

Competencies:
• Ability to learn content of the lessons, present it appropriately, develop relevant assignments
• Ability to meet students' academic, social, and emotional needs
• Ability to manage the class and to provide appropriate discipline
• Excellent human relationship skills with children and adults
• Positive, professional relationships with colleagues
• Positive, professional relationships with parents and volunteers
• Clear and timely communication with parents and colleagues
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Working with Anthroposophy to provide a Waldorf education

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A

Work Environment:
This job operates in a professional environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and scanners.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
• The academic year is mid-August- early June (40 weeks).
• The school work calendar includes two weeks before and one week after the close of the academic year, and additional times as the school deems necessary.
• Employee's work extends beyond the scheduled school days to include open houses, work days, festivals, and community events
• Employee will arrive at school by 7:45 a.m. and may leave after 3:15 on days when there are no meetings.
• Employee will teach a full schedule. This consists of supervising arrival & dismissal, snack, lunch, and recesses and of teaching main lesson and a minimum of 10 additional periods.
• Employee will observe a specialty class for 45 minutes in every subject by the end of the first semester.

Education and Experience:

Required:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
• Certification in Waldorf teacher training or the equivalent
• Experience and education (to be determined by the Faculty College)

Preferred:
• Waldorf teaching experience
• Other teaching experience

Other Duties:
This job description does not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please follow this link to complete an application: https://richmondwaldorf.com/employment/

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