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LEAD EARLY CHILDHOOD/KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

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 2.5–6 years. Our new third classroom awaits the right candidate.

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. 

  • 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.

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.

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 $29,700–$40,000 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,

Electronic applications may be sent to info@prairiemoon.org.


AFTERCARE ASSISTANT TEACHER

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is in search of a wonderful assistant teacher for a Mixed-age Kindergarten class beginning immediately. Our Early Childhood program consists of three Mixed-age Kindergartens (3 - 6yrs). We are looking for an experienced teacher with KDHE lead teacher qualifications or the ability to work to meet those qualifications.

Job Hours

  • Daily when school is in session, 2–2.5 hours/day (3pm – 5:00pm or 5:30pm depending on our numbers) M-F

Compensation

  • Hourly position, based on qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • 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.

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 transitions and other activities of the day including clean-up, outside time, bathroom time, and campus closure.
  • Pass along parent questions and child observations to lead 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.

Collaboration Expectations

  • Weekly meetings with supervising teacher, while school is in session
  • Attend all in-service days
  • Attend all-community meetings (one each semester)

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.


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.