Salary: 22,000-25,000

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Website: www.alabamawaldorf.org

Position: Grades Main Lesson Teacher, First Grade Year 2022-2023

Join a Waldorf community with a harmonious, stable, and experienced faculty, a supportive Board of Trustees, and an engaged parent body. Alabama Waldorf School (nursery through 8th grade) is approaching our 35th year. We are well established in the Birmingham, AL area, and are the only fully accredited Waldorf School in Alabama. Our school is faculty held, meaning all decisions are made under the direction of faculty consensus vote. We have just over 100 students, learning in a successful multi-age classroom model in both preschool and grades programs. The Grades Main Lesson teacher position is a commitment to the looping model of moving up a grade each year with the same class of students. This model allows teachers to deeply nurture the whole child and develop strong, meaningful relationships with students, their parents/guardians, and family members.

Alabama Waldorf School established its curriculum utilizing the traditional Waldorf philosophy as defined by scientist, philosopher and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Waldorf education evolved from Steiner’s thorough understanding of human development and addresses the needs of children as they move through development on every level: physical, mental, and emotional. The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.​ Our faculty and staff are guided by reverence for the developing child, courage for the truth, and the ability to continue to learn from one another.

The colleague we are seeking will bring a passion for teaching and an enthusiastic commitment to join this community. Candidates must be committed to presenting subject matter in a lively, engaging, and artistic way, recognizing that not all children learn in the same style.

Main Lesson Teachers develop a classroom rhythm, teaching language arts, mathematics, science, history, mythology, geography, and visual arts. Waldorf training and mentoring will provide methods and recommend materials.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate or willingness to attend Waldorf Teacher Training

  • Acceptance, as a working hypothesis for teaching (not necessarily for one’s personal beliefs), the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, as brought in Faculty studies, teacher presentations during in-school workshops and through other pertinent Waldorf training

  • Agreement with the school’s Policy & Procedure Manual

  • Experience working (not necessarily teaching) with children

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree in education, art, or related field

  • Previous Waldorf experience

  • Alabama Teaching Certificate

  • Teaching experience with children

  • Experience working with the consensus model of decision-making

Hours, Compensation & Benefits

  • School Day Hours 8 am – 3:15 pm

  • Minimum 35 class hours per week

  • $22-25K starting salary

  • Benefits available, including healthcare

  • Generally, school vacations include Thanksgiving week, 2 weeks Winter Holiday, 1 week Spring Break, plus other holidays during the year.  Consult the annual calendar for specifics.

Submit resume to admin@alabamawaldorf.org and schedule a tour by emailing marketing@alabamawaldorf.org or call 205-329-3283.

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