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First Grade Class Teacher 2023-24

Waldorf School of Lexington

Lexington, MA

Full time

First Grade

Jan 17

Waldorf School of Lexington, located in the Greater Boston area, is currently accepting applications for a full-time, Waldorf-trained class teacher to lead our 2023-24 First Grade Class. This onsite position has an expected start date of July 2023 and offers full-benefits with a salary that is commensurate with experience.

As a Waldorf class teacher, the successful candidate will understand child development, observe each child with reverence, and craft lessons to guide these individuals toward their full potential. By integrating the arts with history, science, geography, social studies, and mathematics, the class teacher provides inspiration and synergy as skills are being developed. The first grade teacher starts this journey with close attention to the developmental progress of the students and is supported by a team of teachers along the way:

  • In first and second grades, the class teacher is typically supported by a teaching assistant. 
  • A first grade afternoon teacher leads the class each afternoon starting around 1:30 p.m.
  • The integrated Student Support Team provides reading assessment and extra lesson support. Waldorf School of Lexington’s grades one through four reading program has been developed to integrate Waldorf's imaginative and kinesthetic methods with Orton-Guillingham instruction. This program is supported by on-staff reading specialists.

The class teacher will craft lessons to include projects which ignite a love of learning and exercise student initiative. Along with the team of teachers who serve this class, the class teacher will help students to grow into self-confident learners and empowered adults. 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. 

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years of teaching experience
  • Waldorf teacher training
  • Commitment and energy for working with elementary aged children
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues
  • Interest in responsibly innovating the Waldorf curriculum for the 21st-century
  • Commitment to advancing the work of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or provide contact information) in a single pdf to communications@thewaldorfschool.org.

Setting

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 200 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. 

Diversity

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).

Accreditation

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).  

Benefits

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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