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Grades Teachers

Gaia School Costa Rica

Manzanillo, Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Full time


Feb 23

For August 2024, we are looking for Waldorf-trained and experienced grades teachers to join our small but growing team on our beautiful 125-acre campus on the Nicoya Peninsula. These teachers will work collaboratively with the other grades teachers while also having individual freedom within their classroom. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applications from teachers outside of Costa Rica will be considered if a full Waldorf teacher training has been completed. Applicants from abroad must also have experience as a lead teacher in a Waldorf grades classroom. We will consider applications from Costa Rican teachers who do not yet have Waldorf teacher training if a degree in primary education has been completed and the applicant has experience as a lead teacher in a grades classroom. 

A Grades Teacher’s responsibilities include:

- Developing age-appropriate curriculum for both the indoors and outdoors 

-Deliver developmentally appropriate instruction rich with music, movement, and art as well as skill development in academic areas

- A commitment to each child’s growth through inner work and the practical art of teaching

- Parent education and meetings

- Faculty meetings and school committees involvement 

The type of teacher we are looking for:

-Excellent classroom management

- Extremely flexible. The need for flexibility cannot be overstated. ​We are an evolving, developing program that relies on change and adaptation. 

- Self-starter and very resourceful. Growing a school in a remote location requires that teachers find creative solutions to problems as they arise rather than waiting for a solution to be provided.

- A sense of adventure. We are located in a remote and beautiful location, which requires an ability to adapt to environmental circumstances such as occasional power outages, poor road conditions, sharing a home with the creatures of the jungle, etc. 

- Strong cultural competency and confidence working with diverse family backgrounds 

- Inspired to be part of a groundbreaking and developing school in a remote and rural environment. We are still very much in the creation phase and are looking for teachers who take initiative to help build on the foundation of the school.

- Previous experience in a grades teaching environment, either as a lead or long-time assistant.

- Ability and desire to collaborate with other teachers.

- Confident in Waldorf curriculum and Anthroposophy, enough to create a curriculum rather than simply following one from the past that may not serve the students’ needs for today.

- If new to Waldorf, then must come with a willingness to do continuing education in Waldorf curriculum.

- Speaks Spanish fluently, preferred.

We look forward to hearing from all interested teachers from around the world.

Competitive salary, benefits, and immigration support available.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to hiring@gaiaschoolcr.org. Upon receipt of your application, we may schedule a phone call with a member of our Hiring Committee. 

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