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LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER for NEW CLASSROOM

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Lawrence, Kansas seeks a Waldorf early childhood teacher for Prairie Moon Waldorf School – an AWSNA and WECAN Associate Member school.  Prairie Moon Waldorf School opened in 2005 and supports a strong, vibrant family community. The early childhood program currently consists of two mixed-age kindergarten classrooms for children ages 3 through 6-1/2. Our new third classroom awaits the right candidate.

About Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas is an ideal home to a Waldorf school. Home to the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University and being near cosmopolitan Kansas City, Lawrence provides a rich, international and multi-cultural life to its residents and visitors with the added benefit of a low cost of living. It has been said that Lawrence is America’s largest city without a shopping mall—a statement that reflects a strong commitment to local businesses and pride in the community’s historic downtown. Several years ago author John Villani identified Lawrence as among the top fifteen best art towns under a population of 100,000, and Lawrence has long been a music center.  Several years ago, Lawrence was also identified as one of the top 10 locations to retire.  Kansas University has created new centers for biological research, medicine, engineering and technology. The university’s school of education is renowned, with its program in Special Education consistently being ranked first in the nation.  Lawrence, Kansas is a growing Waldorf community.  Prairie Moon Waldorf School is Kansas’ only Waldorf school.  Nearby, a Waldorf initiative in Kansas City has planted its seeds.  Our school’s early childhood teacher will come to a small, but growing Anthroposophical community and will have the opportunity to be a pioneer of Waldorf education in the Heartland.

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have a passion for Waldorf education, a Waldorf Early Childhood Training Certificate, and experience teaching in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree who have a serious interest in Waldorf education and, if untrained, a willingness to begin their Waldorf early-childhood teacher training will be considered. We seek a teacher who works well with others, as well as independently, and who possesses a pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for bringing Waldorf education to the heart of America. 

Our Anthroposophical Roots
Waldorf education is the principal expression of Anthroposophical thinking in this area; however there is also significant interest in Biodynamic agriculture and Anthroposophic architecture.  Anthroposophical and Waldorf education study groups are active and a lecture series addresses the community’s strong interest in the roots of Waldorf education and related subjects.

What you should expect
First, expect to find a supportive, educated community that genuinely loves their Waldorf school.  Second, expect to find
a range of housing, options for shopping, including a well-established natural foods cooperative store, a thriving farmer’s market, many locally-owned businesses and restaurants, and a responsive city government. Third, our salary range is $26,500–$33,000 for full-time and will be commensurate with experience and training. Tuition Remission for faculty children is a benefit.

Prairie Moon Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic background in the admission of students or the hiring of personnel.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter, as well as a short biography that includes a description of your relationship to Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education, to:

Teacher Search Committee
Prairie Moon Waldorf School
1853 E 1600 Road
Lawrence, KS, 66044

or call 785-841-8800. Electronic applications may be sent to info@prairiemoon.org.


EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSISTANT TEACHER for NEW CLASSROOM

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is in search of an assistant teacher for a new Mixed-age Kindergarten class. Our Early Childhood program currently consists of a Mixed-age Kindergarten (3 - 6yrs), and a young 3-4’s class. Our waiting list has grown such that we will open a third classroom. We are looking for an experienced teacher with some college level coursework and/or a Waldorf Early Childhood training certificate, or willingness to develop a plan for study of Waldorf early childhood pedagogy.

Job Hours
Contact hours with children:
• Daily when school is in session, 7 hours (7:30 - 3:30) M-F with a one-hour lunch

Collaboration (non-contact time with children):
• 2.5-5 hours per week with other Early Childhood (EC) faculty and/or whole school faculty.

Compensation
Salaried position based on experience in early childhood programs, Waldorf schools, and Waldorf training. Benefits include tuition remission commensurate with percent of full-time employment.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree.
  • At least 6 months experience working with children in a licensed early childhood setting.
  • Lead teacher certification, as required by the KS Department of Health and Environment, per our childcare license. Inquire for more details to learn how you can fulfill this requirement.
  • An openness to the anthroposophical philosophy surrounding child development and education.
  • An ability to lift the weight of a child, up to 50 pounds, when required.
  • A team player who loves working with children, has a sense of inner calm, and is able to take initiative to facilitate the smooth running of the EC classroom.
  • Willingness to undertake ongoing professional development in collaboration with the EC faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An A.B. or B.S. in early childhood education
  • A commitment to the study of anthroposophy.
  • Experience teaching in a Waldorf, Lifeways, or Sophia’s Hearth program.
  • Training in Waldorf early-childhood pedagogy through an approved AWSNA or WECAN program, a Lifeways or Sophia’s Hearth program.
  • Experience working in a Waldorf early-childhood program.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Reliable and punctual for all aspects of the job.
  • Maintain confidentiality and hold sensitive information with discretion.
  • Assist classroom teacher with mealtime preparations and activities (i.e., coloring, painting, beeswax, bread kneading, crafts, gardening, etc.), allowing for child participation.
  • Assist classroom teacher with transitions and other activities of the day including mealtimes, clean-up, rest, circle, story, outside time, bathroom time, and naptime.
  • Pass along parent questions and child observations to classroom teacher.
  • Assume responsibilities of the lead teacher, in lead teacher’s absence.
  • Help to keep the classroom clean and neat.
  • Assist with classroom management in consultation with, and as directed by lead teacher
  • Adhere to the code of conduct outlined in the document “Professional Expectations for Faculty and Staff”.
  • As a condition of employment, the employee agrees to follow rules, regulations, and policies that have been adopted by the Board of Trustees for the Waldorf Association of Lawrence dba Prairie Moon Waldorf School.

Please send cover letter, resume, PMWS application and three references to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Early Childhood Search Committee
1853 E. 1600 Road
Lawrence, KS 66044

785-841-8800

Applications are welcome until the position is filled.


EARLY CHILDHOOD LEAD TEACHER for ROBIN’S NEST AFTERCARE PROGRAM

To begin August 2017. The primary responsibility of the Aftercare Teacher is to make sure that the experience is positive for the children who attend and the activities follow the pedagogy of the school, ensuring the supervision and safety of all the children ages 3 to 6 yrs-old.

Responsible To:       Lead Teacher / Program Director

Schedule:                10 a.m.–5:45 p.m.  M-F, approx. 38 hours per week.

Compensation:        $12.00/hour

Benefits:                  This position is eligible for partial tuition remission.
                             

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Supervise the children enrolled in the afternoon care program, less than 10 students.
  • Maintain attendance records of children through the Parent Sign In and Out forms.
  • Check in daily with Lead Teachers to report any concerns, accidents, or other critical information to ensure good communication and oversight of the program.
  • Ensure that the areas used (room and play yard) are clean and returned to original condition and prepared for the next morning’s activities.

Other Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Relates to all children and youth in positive ways
  • Responds appropriately to individual needs of children and youth
  • Uses positive techniques to guide the behavior of children and youth
  • Ensures children generally interact with one another in positive ways
  • Reports any site or facility problems to Lead Teachers
  • Closes and locks all doors and windows, turns off all inside building lights at the end of shift

Confidentiality

Employee must maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism commensurate with working in an educational setting. 

Requirements

  • “Lead Teacher” certification, as required by the KS Department of Health & Environment, per our childcare license.

You must also have one of the following requirements met to be considered for this position: 

Option 1: (A) Five sessions of observation for not less than 2 1/2 consecutive hours per observation in licensed preschools or child care centers. Child care center staff shall plan their observations so that daily activities during morning, lunch, nap time and late afternoon can be observed; and (B) one year of teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or one year of supervised practicum in licensed centers or preschools (this can be from a practicum/internship experience) 

OR 

Option 2: (A) Seven to nine semester hours of academic credit or equivalent training in child development or early childhood education; and (B) three months' teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or one year of supervised practicum in licensed centers or preschools (this can be from a practicum/internship experience)

OR 

Option 3: A child development associate credential. 

Additional Kansas State requirements:

  • health assessment form current and certified by a licensed physician
  • current CPR (infant & child) / First Aid training
  • employee background screening

Please send cover letter, resume, an Employment Application, and three references to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Early Childhood Search Committee Chair
1853 E 1600 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044

Applications are welcome until the position is filled.


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR GRADES 1–8 AND EARLY CHILDHOOD/KINDERGARTEN
See below for application instructions.

 

Please send cover letter, resume, an Employment Application, and three references to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Search Committee
1853 E 1600 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044


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About Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas is an ideal home to a Waldorf school. Home to the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University and being near cosmopolitan Kansas City, Lawrence provides a rich, international and multi-cultural life to its residents and visitors with the added benefit of a low cost of living. It has been said that Lawrence is America’s largest city without a shopping mall—a statement that reflects a strong commitment to local businesses and pride in the community’s historic downtown. Several years ago author John Villani identified Lawrence as among the top fifteen best art towns under a population of 100,000, and Lawrence has long been a music center. Several years ago, Lawrence was also identified as one of the top 10 locations to retire. Kansas University has created new centers for biological research, medicine, engineering and technology. The university’s school of education is renowned, with its program in Special Education consistently being ranked first in the nation. Lawrence, Kansas is a growing Waldorf community. Prairie Moon Waldorf School is Kansas’ only Waldorf school and sits on a beautiful 7.5 acres of prairie land in the Kaw River Valley only minutes from downtown Lawrence. Nearby, a Waldorf initiative in Kansas City has planted its seeds. Our school’s first grade teacher will come to a small, but growing Anthroposophical community and will have the opportunity to be a pioneer of Waldorf education in the Heartland.

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Prairie Moon Waldorf School is non-sectarian and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in its educational, administrative, admission, athletic, and school programs and policies.