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Kindergarten Morning Assistant/ Afternoon Lead Teacher

Cedarwood Waldorf School

Portland, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Nov 9

We are looking for an early childhood assistant teacher to join our dynamic team. This position is a morning assistant position/ afternoon lead, and its work hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Compensation is equitable to hours worked and responsibilities.

We have a robust, resourceful, and inspiring early childhood program offering parent child classes, two pre-kindergarten classes, and two kindergarten classes. Cedarwood is a certified emergency childcare center, which requires all employees to be CPR and First Aid trained as well as any other required courses for childcare providers. Additionally, all early childhood employees are given the opportunity for at least 15 hours annually of professional development.


To be the afternoon lead teacher for a Kindergarten.


  • The Pedagogical Director


  • EC section is responsible for hiring and supervision of assistant teachers.
  • Hiring should be approved by HOS and Pedagogical Director.


  • 1.00 FTE; exempt
  • usual hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
  • The academic year begins July 1st and ends June 30th.


  • Teaching and student support
  • Plan and evaluate daily classroom activities that are developmentally appropriate and correspond with the goals set for individual children
  • Bring children of concern to the early childhood faculty for consultation and recommendation
  • Work with Pedagogical Director, Educational Support Team and other EC teachers to form PEP as needed.
  • Model appropriate behavior, dress professionally and maintains healthy hygiene at all times
  • Arrange a substitute to cover classes or seeks support from the section leader in case of personal absence


  • Ensure that the classroom environment meets the standards of Early Childhood Waldorf Pedagogy
  • Keep classroom, storage areas, faculty room, and common areas neat and clutter free
  • Ensure that the class is supplied with all needed materials and supplies
  • Make appropriate use of space, equipment, and material storage.
  • Keep expenses within yearly budget


  • Maintain child behavior observation notes to be used for parent-teacher conferences, year-end reports, and assessment completions
  • Report any incidents to the Pedagogical Director through email
  • Maintain complete and accurate child files, forms, and reports within allotted timelines to document and track the needs of children and services provided.
  • Communicate with families regarding child behavior
  • Year-end reports for students by July 15th or end day of employment


  • Prepare for and complete parent/teacher conferences in the fall and spring for rising kindergarten and for rising 1st grade children.
  • Provide a minimum of three parent evenings a year and inform parents of class activities.
  • Offer optional home visits to each new child in their class.
  • Provide parent education in collaboration with shared faculty agreements on topics related to early childhood
  • Welcomes prospective parents and students visiting class during tours
  • Agree within the section on a rotation for faculty coverage for outreach events to cultivate relationships with feeder schools and other marketing opportunities arising throughout the school year with a minimum of three weeks’ notice
  • Reply to referrals for prospective students by the enrollment director within 24 hours with a plan to interview prospective families.
  • Apply a culturally responsive lens to communication practices with colleagues and families.


  • Assure all training and preparatory work for curriculum and classrooms should be completed
  • Report to school by August 15th for mandatory in-service and classroom preparation for the first day of school
  • Be available for communication and meetings with prospective students, or delegate acceptance authority to the Pedagogical Director and Enrollment Director.


  • Arrive at work on time, punctually attends and actively participates in all required meetings and training including committee work.
  • Be a respectful, cooperative, and reliable team member and participant in school activities.
  • Attend faculty, early childhood section, and committee meetings.
  • Attend outreach events, including but not limited to, open houses, Journey through the Grades, and Winter Faire.
  • Participate in in-service days during the year and at the beginning and end of the school year.
  • Adhere to a professional code of conduct.
  • Log in time offs and sick leave and personal days monthly.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information about enrolled children and families, personnel issues, and other school operations.


  • Develop own professional work goals and training and mentoring plan In consultation with the Professional Development Committee and Pedagogical Director.
  • Attend February Teacher’s Conference or submits proposal for alternative professional development.
  • Be aware of, and adhere to, current state and federal laws that affect educators.


  • Has completed Waldorf Teacher training, continues working towards completion of their training, or has equivalent experience.
  • Able to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Must have a commitment to self-development.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.
  • Must have a first aid card within two months of being hired.
  • Must have current CPR training within two months of being hired.
  • Must be compliance with all EC licensing and required courses.

Provide a letter of interest and resume Contact Marcee Hansen, Pedagogical Director, at mhansen@cedarwoodschool.org

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Cedarwood Waldorf School

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