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Mixed-Aged Class Teacher - Grade 3/4

Charlottesville Waldorf School

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Full time

Grades

Jun 9

Duration:  School year from August through June; plus Faculty Work Days

Work Hours:  7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri. Does not include meeting responsibilities.

Overview: Grades Class Teachers are a fundamental element of the Charlottesville Waldorf School’s (CWS) mixed-aged learning model and are distinctive from the traditional practice of a class teacher receiving a class in 1st grade as the beginning of an 8-year journey with the class.  At CWS, grades class teachers teach (and stay with) combined classes in the lower grades loop (2nd, 2/3, 3/4, and 4/5) or in the upper grades loop (5/6, 6/7, 7/8, and 8th). As such, this position requires creativity, flexibility, and the ability to innovate and reimagine the traditional Waldorf curriculum to meet students in combined classes. Strong classroom management skills are important for this position as are strong communication skills with parents.  

Areas of Responsibility: 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Plan and carry out all areas of curriculum according to Waldorf pedagogy.
  • Keep classroom supplies in good working condition.  Order supplies as needed.
  • Create and maintain a clean and orderly classroom space, including seasonal changes
  • Keep a daily record of attendance. 
  • Review and keep a notebook of children's emergency and dismissal forms, as well as the list of children who have health concerns (allergies, medical conditions etc.)
  • Communicate all student and parent concerns in a timely and professional manner.
  • Attend faculty meetings and workdays according to the school calendar.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Work with the enrollment coordinator to facilitate new enrollments into our program
  • Write midterm and end-of-year reports according to CWS guidelines

Meeting Responsibilities

  • Weekly full faculty and Grade School department meetings after school
  • Mentor meetings

Training

  • Red Cross/CPR First Aid certification/Medicine Administration training (classes are usually offered during Faculty Work Days)
  • Maintain a working knowledge of school policies and procedures:
  • fire, shelter in place, and evacuation procedures
  • proper documentation of children's injuries
  • location and use of first aid kit
  • Playground rules

Periodic evaluations and observations:

  • Annual observations and periodic evaluations are part of professional development. 

Guidelines for faculty conduct and responsibility: 

  • These are described in the CWS Faculty Handbook.  They should be reviewed by applicants before employment is accepted.

Background required:

Education: 

  • Bachelor's degree, in education preferred
  • Waldorf certification

Skills, etc.: 

  • Works well with children
  • Good communication skills
  • Calm, gentle manner
  • Well-organized, efficient
  • Works well with colleagues
  • Reliability and punctuality are a MUST
  • Willingness to work out of Anthroposophy
  • Acknowledging the inherent eurocentric bias and the social justice intentions of the Waldorf curriculum, have the ability to work toward consciously decolonizing the curriculum
  • Willingness to pursue further Waldorf training

Remuneration:

Base Salary:  $33,000 annually

$3000 Health Care Stipend/year

Tuition reduction: 90% for one child and 95% for each additional child.

Charlottesville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in its hiring practices.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to hiring@cwaldorf.org.

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