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Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Primrose Hill School

Rhinebeck, NY, USA

Full time


Mar 8


General Responsibilities:

Join us at Primrose Hill School where the teacher’s voice and freedom is valued and the children come first. We are seeking a warm and nurturing individual, who has experience working with young children, possesses enthusiasm and motivation to work collaboratively with colleagues, and will demonstrate a familiarity and interest in the philosophy and methods of Waldorf Early Childhood Education.



Qualifications and Specific Responsibilities:

  • A Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers Certificate. We will consider candidates who are still in training who have the recommendation of their training program.
  • A BA or MA degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Five+ years in Early Childhood Education Teaching preferred
  • A love of children and a deep desire to support their growth, through observation and collaboration
  • The ability to self reflect, strive to grow, and to be worthy of imitation
  • A strong work ethic and the eagerness to support a growing school.
  • An interest in supporting, motivating and inspiring your Teaching Assistant
  • An ability to collaborate, independently manage, and contribute in and out of the classroom
  • A strength in developing partnerships with families and colleagues
  • The desire to teach at a younger and naturally evolving school with a deep mission, motivated colleagues, and positive outlook.
  • The ability to thrive in outdoor spaces, offering rhythmic routine and play-based experiences for the children
  • Present for the full school day from 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Creating classroom rhythm and routine and documenting these details (songs, dances verses) for reference and/or use by substitutes when needed
  • Create crafts, decorations for the classroom, keepsakes for the children.
  • Connect with specials teachers to develop enriching activities such as the Farm and Garden teacher.
  • Cleaning the classroom space in collaboration with the Assistant
  • Cooking when needed especially for snack time
  • Participate in various meetings including but not limited to Early Childhood, All Faculty, Committee, State of School etc.
  • Practice confidentiality
  • Prepare reports for the children to document through the use of narrative descriptions, according to agreed-upon standards and share with the child’s family
  • Access resources and speak with the child’s family when special services or supports may be needed.
  • Participate in various meetings including but not limited to Early Childhood, All Faculty, Committee, State of School etc.
  • Understanding operational requirements such as fire drill plans, safety and health requirements.
  • Develop and maintain a safe, harmonious social and emotional environment for the children
  • Nature walks and exploration with the children.
  • For your class, prepare for and participate in community events and festivals.
  • Willingness to attend relevant education and professional development training



Primrose Hill School offers a compensation package that includes generous time off, financial support for professional development, mentorship, healthcare benefits and more. We are committed to enriching our educational environment and culture through the diversity of our employees. We actively seek systemically excluded communities in our applicant pool, including but not limited to BIPOC and/or LGBTQIAP2+ candidates. Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two references (one must be a professional reference).



A Little Bit About Primrose Hill School: Located on a 7.5 acre parcel of land with a small working farm, in the Village of Rhinebeck, Primrose Hill School educates the whole child – the head, the heart and the hands – in order to cultivate each child’s unique capacities, create a deep connection to the natural world, and ultimately provide a strong foundation for contributing creatively, cooperatively and compassionately to a rapidly changing world. Through a curriculum inspired by Waldorf philosophy, PHS instills a life-long curiosity and love of learning, a deep knowledge of the arts, sciences, language, music and agriculture, and an ability to respond with adaptability, integrity and self-knowledge to all opportunities and challenges that arise.


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $15.00 - $25.00 per hour


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Rhinebeck, NY 12572: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Early Childhood General Education Teachers: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Waldorf: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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