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Lead Early Childhood Teacher

Singing Cedars School

Fairfield, IA, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Feb 9

Singing Cedars School is growing its early childhood program, to include a second mixed-age kindergarten. The Lead Early Childhood Teacher will create a nurturing environment for up to 15 children, ages 2 ½ - 6, and will work closely with an assistant, parents, and other staff in support of providing high quality Waldorf-inspired education that meets the needs of each individual child and the class as a whole. 

The Lead Teacher is responsible for supporting the healthy development of all children in the class and for maintaining a beautiful, rhythmic classroom environment. Singing Cedars has a strong outdoor component, and the Lead Teacher must be comfortable leading their class in all weather. The morning program will run from 8:30am-12:15pm, four or five days per week, with (optional) extended afternoon care offered until 3:15pm. Classroom hours are somewhat variable, depending on availability and enrollment. Lead teachers are expected to attend weekly meetings with other early childhood staff, as well as regular meetings with the College of Teachers. Responsibilities also include festival planning and participation, facilitating parent evenings and parent-teacher conferences throughout the year, and attending community work days. 

Experience working with young children is essential for this position. The ideal candidate has Waldorf training and experience working in a Waldorf or Lifeways early childhood setting. Consideration will be given to applicants who have other teaching experience and a desire to learn about the Waldorf approach.

Our campus is located at the edge of a unique small town, in rural southeast Iowa, with a local population of 10,000. Surrounded by a trail system for walking and biking, Fairfield boasts a small-town, cosmopolitan feel, thanks in large part to its progressive culture embedded in serene surroundings. 

Benefits include partial tuition remission for enrolled students of staff, a supportive collegial environment, paid time off for salaried employees, and a potential “recruitment bonus” offered to childcare workers by the state of Iowa. We offer competitive pay for the area, with added pay commensurate with experience in the classroom and training.

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to



Singing Cedars School

2149 N. B Street

Fairfield, IA 52556

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