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Nursery/Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Country Day Little School

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Feb 22

Country Day Little School is seeking a nursery/kindergarten teacher to join our faculty of seven. Country Day is a Waldorf inspired early childhood program in Palo Alto, CA. For over thirty years, we have been providing a nurturing, play-based, developmentally attuned school environment for our students and families.

Our program is inspired by Helle Heckmann’s model at Nokken, and our thirty students, ages two to six, spend their days in two mixed age classes that flow together through the day. Our activities are typical of a Waldorf early childhood, with extensive time spent out of doors, a focus on practical work, story, ring-time, arts and craft, and most importantly, self-directed play. We also celebrate festivals together as a community, and we cultivate a space in which families join in a commitment to protecting childhood. Our parents find support from fellow parents and the teachers in working with their family life to meet their children’s developmental needs. We especially love to have parents join us in the classroom to discover the warmth, joy and magic of their children’s experience at school!

Our program is informed by an Anthroposophical understanding of human development, as well as current research on child development and education. Our striving to gain insight and improve our practices makes for a dynamic and engaging work environment in which nothing is taken for granted and everything is open to thoughtful development. As a standalone early childhood program, we are blessed with latitude and ample resources that make possible nearly everything we teachers can dream up!

We are committed to supporting our teachers in their day to day at school, in their professional development, and in their self development. We are looking for a teacher who enjoys working collaboratively with a group of colleagues. In our co-teaching environment, we share in the responsibilities of pedagogical and practical work that is rewarding, creatively inspired, and conscientiously achieved. Our teachers discover growth and fulfillment at Country Day, working together in a way that invites each member of our faculty to share their gifts with students and colleagues, while finding warm support in areas that invite further learning and growth.

Country Day is centrally located in Palo Alto. This area, strongly influenced by Stanford University and the many tech companies that call it home, is community minded, wonderfully diverse, and full of ideas and work for the future. We are an easy commute from San Francisco, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the beautiful northern California coast. In our temperate climate, there are many opportunities for both urban and rural pursuits.

We are looking for the right person to join our faculty, and are open to hiring either a full- or part-time teacher. A full-time position offers 12 plus weeks of vacation, and a year round competitive salary commensurate with qualifications. We cover medical and dental benefits and offer retirement benefits as well.

Teachers who have experience with Waldorf, Lifeways, Pikler or RIE are encouraged to apply. Those with a California Child Care license are welcome as well. We look forward to hearing from you, sharing more about our school, and learning about what gifts you may bring to our students, families and faculty!

Reach out to Ananda at 650-507-5787, or send your resume and cover letter to countrydaylittleschoolinfo@gmail.com. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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