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Early Childhood Lead Teacher 2023-24

Charlottesville Waldorf School

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Jan 13

Early Childhood Lead Teacher 2023-24


School year from mid-August through mid-June, including Faculty Work Days, and some email communication during the summer

Work Hours

7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri., plus one meeting 3:30-5pm once a week


CWS seeks a Lead Early Childhood teacher for a class of 16 three and a half to six year-old children. Waldorf Early Childhood certification is preferred but not required to apply. 

Visit expenses will be covered by the school for the right candidate. Upon hire, moving expenses will be covered by the school.

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. Maintain regular communication with parents through a class newsletter.

Attend faculty meetings and workdays according to the school calendar.

Attend parent teacher conferences twice a year, attend one Open House, and host three class evenings for parents/guardians.

Administrative Responsibilities

Work with the enrollment coordinator to facilitate new enrollments into our program

Complete end-of-year reports according to CWS guidelines

Participate in one faculty committee, duties which can be completed during the school day hours.

Meeting Responsibilities

Full Faculty/Early Childhood department meeting once a week after school, Lead teacher meeting once a week during the school day

Mentor meetings when applicable


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

Evaluations and professional development:

Annual observations and periodic evaluations are part of professional development. Full-time teachers are expected to complete 20 hours of professional development each year. A portion of these hours are offered on campus during in-service days. 

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

Skills, etc.: 

Works well with children

Good communication skills

Well-organized, efficient

Works well with colleagues

Reliability and punctuality are a MUST

Proficiency in handwork (knitting, sewing, etc.) preferred

Musical ability, especially singing

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 if applicable 


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

For inquiries about the position, please email hiring@cwaldorf.org 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@cwaldorf.org

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