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Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Chicago Waldorf School

Chicago, IL, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Oct 29

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Early Childhood Lead Teacher Position

We need a Lead Early Childhood Teacher for our new Seedlings Class, which is for three-year-olds. We are seeking teachers who embrace the play-based and nature-based Waldorf Early Childhood curriculum with joy and warmth. The Lead Teacher position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, effective classroom management, and enthusiasm for developing a welcoming and inclusive classroom. It is our desire to hire qualified individuals with a demonstrated commitment to innovation, inspiration and healthy collegial working. Although located in an urban setting, we spend time out of doors in all weather, and celebrate the change of seasons.
The kindergarten position requires a deep understanding and grounding in the foundations of Waldorf early childhood education, as well as the ability to:
• develop a program in support of each child, their parents, and the entire class
• design developmentally appropriate stories, songs and circle activities
• keep a calm and steady daily and weekly rhythm
• be able to communicate with parents/guardians about Waldorf educational principles
• construct daily class content with an eye toward diversity and inclusion
• provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities and sensory activities
• build a healthy, joyful and inclusive classroom community
• participate in the life of the larger school community through committee work


The ideal candidate will have
• at least an undergraduate degree and has completed or in process of completing Waldorf teacher training and/or three years successful Waldorf teaching experience
• be well-rounded in the arts
• be open to mentoring and/or further training
• an enjoyment of nature and all the seasons
• an enthusiasm for creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment

Compensation & Amenities

The Chicago Waldorf School offers an excellent and competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance, 403B pension program, full tuition remission, and funds for on-going professional development. The salary is commensurate with experience.

We encourage you to forward this job opening to others who may be interested. To apply please send your resume and letter of interest to: recruitment@chicagowaldorf.org.

About the Chicago Waldorf School
CWS, founded in 1974, is one of the most established Waldorf Schools in the United States, offering a full curriculum in grades 1 through 12, and which from its inception committed to remaining in the City of Chicago’s vibrant urban setting. We seek to explore and enrich the Waldorf curriculum through the arts, equity and inclusion, human relationships and the time in which we live. Our work stems from the core values of Waldorf Education.
We have been in our permanent home for three years, the landmark Lyman Trumbull building, which includes 49 classrooms and offices, a gym and an auditorium. Our 100,000 square feet make us the largest Waldorf school in the United States. We are proud to partner with many businesses and organizations in the surrounding Andersonville neighborhood.
Our faculty come from around the world and all stages of life. For new teachers we have excellent mentoring opportunities, and access to professional development funds. Each year our whole faculty receive training in first aid, sexual harassment, trans-inclusivity and 94% of our faculty and staff have participated in year-long SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminars. The faculty also study the pedagogical insights of Rudolf Steiner in weekly faculty meetings. In additional to core academic subjects we teach music, German, Spanish, Eurythmy, gardening, parkour, and practical and fine arts. Our families are also international and reflect diversity in all its aspects, but are united in their desire for a developmental curriculum that recognizes the whole child and celebrates difference.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Chicago Waldorf School not only does not discriminate in its hiring practices, but beyond that has a deep commitment to respect and celebrate the differences in students and staff from widely diverse social, economic, cultural, linguistic, intellectual, racial, educational, and religious backgrounds. There is a sustained effort and clear recognition that our educational excellence and fulfillment of our school’s mission is dependent on embracing diversity in our school community. We seek to fully include and affirm faculty, staff, and students in all of their identities. In everything we do we work toward freedom, responsibility and excellence. The Chicago Waldorf School provides its teachers, staff and families ongoing opportunities to study and discuss aspects of diversity.

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