Career Opportunities


Position: Waldorf Lead Early Childhood/Mixed-Age Kindergarten Teacher for 2015-2016

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Lawrence, Kansas seeks a Waldorf early childhood teacher for Prairie Moon Waldorf School – an AWSNA developing school.  Prairie Moon Waldorf School opened in 2005 and supports a strong, vibrant family community of sixty-three students. The early childhood program consists of two mixed-age kindergarten classrooms for children ages 3-6.

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. 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. In 2007, US News and World Report choose Lawrence as one of the best places to retire (http://tinyurl.com/9gx2yc).  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/mixed-age kindergarten teacher will come to a growing Anthroposophical community and will have the opportunity to be a pioneer of Waldorf education in the Heartland. For a New York times articles written about Lawrence, visit:  http://tinyurl.com/7tvnex

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have a passion for Waldorf education and experience teaching in a Waldorf early childhood/kindergarten classroom. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree who have a serious interest in Waldorf education and, if untrained, a readiness 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/workshop 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 will be commensurate with experience and training.

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 School, 1853 E 1600 Rd, Lawrence, KS, 66044, or via email to info@prairiemoon.org

For all positions,  please download and complete the Application for Employment.

 


Position: Music/Singing Teacher—2015/16 School Year

Prairie Moon Waldorf School seeks a part-time Music/Singing Teacher for six 45-minute classes per week for grades classes 1st-7th grade for the 2015-2016 academic year. Next year our grades classes will be combined as follows: 1st grade, 2nd/3rd grade, 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th grade.

Ideal candidates will have a music degree and teaching experience in the classroom setting. The candidate’s teaching repertoire should include classical and traditional folk or world music styles as well as notation for 3rd grade and older. Ideal candidates will be familiar with or open to learning child development as seen through the anthroposophical lens and the Waldorf education pedagogy.

The position is paid competitively per class period.

We are also looking for a once-per-week ukulele teacher for our eldest class possibly expanding to twice-per-week next year. Combining these two positions is possible for the right candidate.

Must be able to pass a KBI check, meaning that the candidate has not been convicted of a felony or of any crime against persons.

Send Cover Letter and Resume/C.V. to:

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

or email to info@prairiemoon.org

Contact the school at 785-841-8800 with questions.

 

For all positions,  please download and complete the Application for Employment.
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Position: Grades 4–6 Woodworking Teacher

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Prairie Moon Waldorf School seeks a highly organized and responsible part-time woodworking teacher to augment its current wood working instructional staff. The successful candidate for this position will have developed a familiarity of the woodworking curriculum for grades fourth through sixth through two or more in-class observations during the spring of 2015 with the current instructor. Prairie Moon Waldorf School is located on approximately 7.5 acres of land in a rural setting. The addition of a grades 4 through 6 wood working instructor is as a result of Prairie Moon expanding into middle school grades 7 and 8.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Meet weekly with wood working instructional staff to discuss class curriculum
  • Plan and lead weekly age-appropriate one and one-half hour woodworking classes for grades 4 through 6.
  • Instruction should include educating the student about the properties of the wood, care and use of hand tools such as carving knives and techniques for shaping, smoothing and finishing surfaces.
  • Cooperate in organizing and maintaining tools and supplies necessary to the program
  • Work within the budget allocated for the program.
  • Submit mid-year and year-end student reports
  • Attend meetings when assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Required

  • Able to shadow current instructor during spring 2015 term
  • Substantial work experience in woodworking
  • Substantial work experience with simple and more complex woodworking tools
  • Knowledge of classroom safety measures necessary for such work
  • Classroom management skills and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Maintain a healthy working relationship with class teachers and school staff

Preferred

  • Experience with (or willing to experience) teaching within a Waldorf class setting
  • Background in and/or knowledge of, anthroposophy, Waldorf pedagogy

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Please arrange to shadow the current wood working teacher. Contact Melissa Watson, Prairie Moon Waldorf School Administrator, to schedule visits. 785-841-8800
  • After fulfilling the above, please submit a brief personal biography, work resume, and application for employment to info@prairiemoon.org or mail to:

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

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POSITION: Substitute Teacher, for both early childhood and grades.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, application of employment, and resume to:

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

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. It offers two Early Childhood Programs, First/Second combination Grade, Third/Fourth combination Grade and the eldest Fifth/Sixth combination grade class. In addition to main lesson, students are currently offered movement, Mandarin language, handwork, gardening, extra lesson, music, and strings classes. Prairie Moon occupies a former public school building with classrooms, gymnasium, stage, offices and kitchen on a seven-acre rural property that features playgrounds and a large organic garden (on rich Kaw River Valley soil.) The school is a short drive from downtown Lawrence.

Discover Lawrence, Kansas, a cultural oasis in the Midwest. Lawrence is a progressive community of just under 100,000 people that is home to the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Kansas’ only Waldorf school. It features a nationally prominent visual and performing arts scene, a significant natural and Native American history and an American political history rooted in the pre-Civil War Era.  The city offers top museums and historical sites, state-of-the-art health, fitness and sports facilities, a community owned and operated hospital, a lively farmer’s market that features local organic produce from dozens of area farmers and one of the Midwest’s oldest and best cooperative health food grocery stores. Lawrence is an open-minded place with a can-do attitude. Only thirty-five miles to the east is metropolitan Kansas City with its many amenities and attractions that include a world-class art museum, the national World-War-One Museum, professional sports teams and major new performing arts venues among many others.

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