Grades Lead Teacher Position (Two Openings-Beginning Fall 2023)
About the Waldorf School of Louisville:
The Waldorf School of Louisville (WSL) is a privately funded, independent school in Jefferson County, Kentucky, serving children from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The School was established in 1992, and has been providing a unique curriculum that blends the arts with rigorous academics for almost thirty years. Waldorf education awakens a lifelong love of learning, inspires critical thinking, and fosters emotional intelligence in our students. We educate the whole child, guided by a deep understanding of human development. Waldorf is non-denominational and open to children of all cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds. The Waldorf School of Louisville strives to make Waldorf education available to all families, regardless of financial circumstances.
About the Position:
The task of the Full-time Grades Teacher is to provide Waldorf Education with
enthusiasm, imagination, and integrity. Well qualified applicants will have interest in Anthroposophy and demonstrate teaching in an artistic manner. This position works closely with colleagues, including families, and the school community. The Grades Teacher teaches primary grades language arts, history, science, math, and visual and musical arts, while honoring a multicultural curriculum. Daily work involves movement, singing, storytelling, painting, drawing, sculpting, and a variety of the arts. The ideal
candidate will be excited to be involved in a growing school community, presenting a unique curriculum and a valuable festival life. Previous Waldorf training is highly valued.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Description: Grades Teacher
The task of the Grades Teacher of the Waldorf School of Louisville is to bring the Waldorf grades curriculum to the children with enthusiasm, imagination, and integrity.
* The grades teacher works towards a deep understanding of the Waldorf grades curriculum – including child development providing appropriate activities, and creating the best physical environment. The grades teacher works to provide group and individualized lessons for the children and to provide remedial work when necessary.
* The grades teacher is committed to their own spiritual development and meditative work upon the children. This includes a continued study of anthroposophy as it relates to the Waldorf curriculum and child development.
* The grades teacher provides daily and weekly rhythmical actives that follow the Waldorf plan. This includes movement, mental work, practical and academic activities, investigative and artistic work.
* The grades teacher is expected to work with the soul development of their students in ways that are pedagogically indicated.
* Each grades teacher will hold clear expectations for their students and work toward specific social, academic and physical goals, an in the middle grades give written assessments at the end of each block.
* The grades teacher creates an environment where authority is respected by the children and guidelines and expectations are clearly defined. It is the teacher’s responsibility to hold the physical and emotional safety of the children as the children develop their own social skills.
* The grades teacher creates a classroom community in which the children learn to respect and understand themselves and one another. The teacher teaches the children to work out their differences in a socially healthy way.
* The grades teacher is responsible for the physical well-being and safety of the children. This includes attention to outdoor activities and physically aggressive behavior.
* The grades teacher works to develop their own artistic abilities so that the lessons can be supported by the teacher’s skill and experiences. These experiences can include painting, drawing, handwork, music, speech, and storytelling.
* The grades teacher is expected to communicate regularly with the specialty teachers so all are aware of the children’s participation and progress. The class teacher will visit each specialty in their class during the year and participate in a follow up conversation concerning the visit. A written observation by that grades teacher will be provided at the follow up meeting.
* The grades teacher participates in child study on a voluntary basis.
* The grades teacher interviews children and families in order to make a recommendation as to the placement of a child in the grades program.
* The grades teacher evaluates the progress of the children. These evaluations include three end-of-term (trimester basis) written reports that follow a provided format. These reports are filed in the child’s school file and shared with the parents. The teacher holds two yearly Parent-Teacher conferences to discuss the content to the reports with parents/guardians.
* The grades teacher participates in weekly faculty, team, or council meetings.
* The grades teacher is expected to be knowledgeable of, and adhere to, the policies set forth by the Board and Faculty.
Location & Compensation:
When not subject to local workspace closure requirements, this position is on-site at WSL’s campus. Organization hours are 8:00-4:00.
Summary of Benefits for WSL Full Time Employees
Rate of Base Pay: $ $34,300
Completed Waldorf Training: $2,000
If Waldorf Training is not complete at the time of hire, the $2,000 increase will be added upon completion of training.
Prior Waldorf Lead Teacher Experience is paid at $350 per year for a maximum of $3,500.
Prior Lead Teacher Experience (non-Waldorf) is assessed as 0.5years for every year completed.
$350 increase each year for experience, with a cap of 20 total years of experience.
All prior Lead Teacher Experience is capped at a combined total of 20 years. Requirements: New hires are required to complete all of the following necessary paperwork and processes before they can begin work:
Administrative Office of the Courts Background Check
Central Registry Background Check (CAN)
Training: Additional non-directed training requests are prioritized yearly by Coordinating Council as funds are available.
Personal/Sick Days: Seven (7) PTO Days per year.
Vacation Days: Four (4) paid weeks of vacation during the summer in addition to yearly published Holiday/vacation days when WSL is out of session. (See Employee Handbook for list of Holidays)
Health Insurance: The School offers a $1,000 deductible plan for which the employee contributes $50/month toward the monthly premium. Spouse and Family plans also available for purchase. Please inquire for current monthly rates.
Contributions amounts and plan rates are subject to change yearly.
Tuition Remission: This position qualifies for one (1) 100% remission for your oldest dependent child enrolled at WSL. All class fees are still the employees’ responsibility.
Extended Care: Extended Care remission is provided for all dependent children
attending WSL as needed to meet job responsibilities. You must contract for Extended Care hours and only those hours used during scheduled.
The Extended Care Lead position supervises children in our early childhood programs (ages 2.5-6 years) following our morning program. The goal of the Teacher is to offer a safe and loving environment for young children enrolled in afternoon care at the Waldorf School of Louisville.
About the Position:
The Extended Care Lead position supervises children in our early childhood programs (ages 2.5-6 years) following our morning program. The goal of the Extended Care Lead is to offer a safe and loving environment for young children enrolled in afternoon care at the Waldorf School of Louisville.
Childcare Experience is preferred. Mentoring and learning opportunities about the Waldorf Early Childhood developmental model is provided.
- Create a warm and nurturing environment
- Create a daily rhythm for the children including lunch, rest time, play and snack
- Opening, closing, cleaning, and administrative tasks of the program
- Directly supervise a small staff
- Communicate with teams and individual teachers
- Communicate with parents
- Observe children’s behavior and follow set safety procedures and protocols
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Ability to support and collaborate with colleagues
- Experience managing a group of children, early childhood preferred
- Experience communicating with parents regarding their children’s behavior and experiences
- Current CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain within 2 weeks of employment
Hours and Schedule: Monday through Friday 11:30AM- 5:30PM
Pay Rate: $18.50/hr
This position is an hourly, non-exempt role. The Waldorf School is a safe space for all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, country of origin, religion, or ability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. WSL is a 501(c)3 community-serving nonprofit and an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to employ a diverse professional team representative of the young people it serves.
Job Type: Part-time
Benefits: Paid time off
The primary responsibilities of the substitute grades teacher include:
- Serving as temporary teacher in the classroom, encompassing grades 1-8.
- Serving as recess proctor when called for in outside playgrounds.
- Holding a safe classroom learning environment for the children and knowing their whereabouts
at all times.
- Reading the lesson plan and day schedule as provided by the absent teacher.
- Locating and/or organizing identified materials for the given lesson.
- Delivering the curricular content of the lesson plan as provided by the specific teacher.
- Modeling proper behavior in the delivery of the lesson content while recognizing the developmental stage or age of the children in the class.
- Cooperating with and following through with suggestions and recommendations from teaching faculty.
- Communicating with administration to identify the classroom(s) and locations to cover and the documentation for pay.
- Completing required paperwork for the state of Kentucky background check system.
Hours and schedule:
- Normal school operating hours are 8:30am-2:45pm, Monday through Friday. The position of substitute is tailored to the specific hours and/or days needed by the absent teacher and may or may not encompass a full day or full week.
- This position is on-site position and as needed by faculty.
Rate of Pay:
- Hourly pay for this position is $15.