Grade 7 Class Teacher in the Boston Area
Waldorf School of Lexington, located in the Greater Boston area, is currently accepting applications for a full-time Waldorf-trained class teacher to lead the Class of 2024 through their seventh and eighth grade years. This onsite position has an expected start date of July 2022 and offers full-benefits with a salary that is commensurate with experience.
As a Waldorf class teacher, the successful candidate will understand adolescents, observe each individual child with reverence, and craft lessons to meet their ideals, fears and aspirations. By integrating the arts with history, science, geography, social studies, and mathematics, the class teacher will offer a transformational experience just at the time children are asking, “who am I and what am I here to do?” Lessons will be crafted to include projects which exercise student initiative and build self-knowledge. WSL embraces a collaborative model in which the class teacher works with the team of teachers who serve this class to help students to grow into self-confident learners and empowered adults.
Waldorf class teachers are storytellers, musicians, artists, and dramatic coaches as they interpret the curriculum at each phase of development. The class teacher is also responsible for students’ overall academic and social development. Subject specialists are part of the teaching team working toward the same goals. They teach Spanish, Mandarin, math, reading, English, music, movement, handwork, woodwork, and athletics. Special main lesson block teachers also support the class teacher as needed. A Student Support Team works closely with the team of teachers to serve each student’s learning needs.
Preferred qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree
- 2+ years of teaching experience
- Waldorf teacher training
- Energy, commitment, and vitality for working with middle school children
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues
- Interest in responsibly innovating the Waldorf curriculum for the 21st-century
WSL is sited 12 miles 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 features a sports field, several play gardens, a vegetable garden, and beehives.
Pedagogy and Program
WSL provides an arts-integrated academic education. We offer a curriculum rich in the humanities and sciences as well as practical and fine arts, grounded in the pedagogical principles and methods of Austrian philosopher and educator Rudolf Steiner. Cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance in our students, we strive to instill an enthusiasm for learning, skills in collaboration, and the confidence to engage in a changing world.
WSL serves nearly 180 students from preschool through grade 8. The school offers a challenging academic program, provided by faculty educated in the understanding of students' cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages. Our educational philosophy and culture instill in students respect for themselves, for each other, and for the living world around them. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of engaged, self-directed learning.
Waldorf School of Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of learning, listening and deepening our understanding of equity, inclusion, and justice. With reverence, we strive to create, embrace and support a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community where everyone feels respected, connected and valued. We welcome students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, geographic origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, and family structures. We reject discrimination in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner. WSL has adopted the position statement of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
The Waldorf School of Lexington is 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).
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive salary; tuition remission for dependent children accepted to the school; individual or family medical/dental, and retirement savings plan benefits. Please note that the costs associated to job relocations are not covered by WSL.
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