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Woodworking Teacher Job Description
Job Purpose Statement: As a member of the faculty at Maple Village Waldorf School, the Woodworking Teacher is responsible for the woodworking education of students in grades five through eight. Woodworking is an integral part of the Waldorf handwork curriculum, and the Woodworking Teacher is responsible for teaching two double lesson periods twice per week. Two of the grades will have woodworking in the fall semester, followed by the other two grades in the spring semester. In woodworking, the will is put to task as arms are strengthened and hands become skilled. In completing a woodworking project, students gain the experience that they can make things happen and that they have the power to be a creative and transformative force. Throughout all the classes, students are taught the safe and proper use and care of tools, as well as an appreciation for the gifts of the forest. Social skills are also exercised when students assist each other, tend to the occasional cut finger, or cooperate in group projects. Woodworking provides an opportunity for the students to learn to direct their incredible energy and creativity.
The content of instruction will be determined, in part, by the skill set that the Woodworking Teacher currently possesses and develops over time through professional development. This content should appropriately challenge the students to achieve growth in a scaffolded and incremental way. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following areas: academic excellence, developmentally appropriate curriculum, consideration of individual student differences, development of social skills, thorough lesson preparation, artistic presentation, and classroom management.
Hours: This is a part-time position during the school year.
One session in the second semester teaching 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th/8th grade classes. Classes are 90 minutes in duration.
Reports to: Pedagogical Committee
● Woodworking Education and Training
● Teaching experience in classroom/group settings for elementary and/or middle school.
● Willingness to learn about Waldorf education and incorporate Waldorf principles of child development into teaching.
Essential Job Functions:
● Choosing projects, planning lessons, and teaching classes.
● Working with students with a variety of learning styles and different levels of skill and ability.
● Working with class groups as a cohesive whole even though they contain students with a variety of learning styles and varying levels of skills and abilities.
● Attending Specialty Teacher meetings once per month and as scheduled for In-Service days.
● Attending Parent Orientation Evening for 1 hour and Class Teacher/Specialty Teacher Info Meeting for 1.5 hours.
● Attending evening parent meetings a few times per year to present aspects of the woodworking program as coordinated with the appropriate class teacher.
● Writing student end-of-year reports.
Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities Required:
● Exemplary classroom management and discipline.
● Knowledge of woodworking tools and projects. ● Knowledge of woodworking safety.
● Knowledge of Waldorf education.
● Relate to, motivate, and challenge children.
● Leadership in working with students, staff, parents, and the community. Commitment to the concept of collaborative decision making.
● Ability to collaborate with faculty on curriculum and projects.
● Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and parents.
● Ability to be punctual, starting and ending classes on time.
Frequent: Standing, walking, using woodworking tools
Occasional: Sitting, lifting, and carrying
Education required: Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding, and/or Testing Required:
Live-Scan Clearance, Clear TB Test, and completed HR online trainings.
To apply, please submit a job application, cover letter, and resume to Lisa J. McCarthy at Lisa.McCarthy@maplevillageschool.org. After completing the online application, please “Save As” and change the name of the document using your name in the title, then attach it to your email.
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