EmploymentWe have the following positions open for the 2013-14 school year:
First Grade Class Teacher -- beginning January 2013 through
This position may evolve into a longer-term hire which will be determined by April, 2014
We seek a first grade class teacher for our current first grade class beginning in January 2014 through to the end of this school year with the possibility to extend through eighth grade. This is a lovely class of 14 students who are saying good-bye to their teacher who is moving to California.
We are looking for a trained and experienced teacher to shepherd this class and their parents through a wonderful winter and spring term.
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School is located in Viroqua, WI in the lovely "driftless" region in the southwest corner of the state. Viroqua is a remarkably vibrant small town nestled in the ridges and valleys of Vernon County just two hours northwest of Madison and one hour southeast of LaCrosse. Our campus is embraced by green areas on three sides with plenty of lawn and play area for students. We have a wooded acre three blocks away, a green house, perma-culture greenspace, organic hot lunch program, large classrooms, a dynamic orchestra program, eurythmy, Spacial Dynamics, Spanish and Handwork/Woodwork programs among many other attractive features. The Youth Initiative High School is located next door in the historic Landmark Center.
Please review the Class Teacher job description and if you are interested, please complete an application and return it with a resume and cover letter by .
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For the Class Teacher Job Description, click HERE
If you are interested in teaching in an established school (Since 1980) rooted in a rural farming community in southwest Wisconsin, we invite you to visit us. The city of Viroqua, population 4,400, is a county seat, lively and bustling with fresh ideas and enterprises, and Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School is in the heart of town. We are 90 miles west of the state capital of Madison, 35 miles south of the Mississippi River city of La Crosse, and 190 miles south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. We are within driving distance of Waldorf schools and initiatives in Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, La Crosse and the Milwaukee area. In our community there are excellent alternatives in medical and health care, a strong food co-op and farmers market, organic and biodynamic farming, and a Waldorf high school initiative. We enjoy a high quality of life combined with a cost of living somewhat lower than in metropolitan areas. For more information, we encourage you to visit our website: www.pleasantridgewaldorf.org. For information about Viroqua, visit: www.viroqua-wisconsin.com.
Pleasant Ridge offers a full early childhood program, with two kindergartens (30 students) and parent-child classes, and an elementary program (130 students). We have Spanish, Handwork, Choral and Instrumental Music, Eurythmy, and Physical Education. We have a school garden and encourage community service projects. Remedial teachers and a Eurythmy therapist are available in our community. Pleasant Ridge is a full members of AWSNA. Our building and campus were purchased in 1995, we offer an organic hot lunch program, and we work with a balanced budget. For 2012-13, all salaries were derived from a full-time base salary of $25,875. Benefits include tuition remission, professional development stipend, and accident insurance.
We have had mentoring relations with Leo Klein, Waldorf teacher from the Netherlands, and Kim Snyder-Vine, speech arts and educator from Chicago. Other visitors in the past few years included John Bloom, Christopher Houghton Budd, Richard Dancy, Else Goettgens, Marianne Gray, Helle Heckmann, Dr. Mark Kamsler, Dennis Klocek, Kim Payne, Nancy Poer, Kristen Rice, and Christopher Schaefer.
QUALITIES WE SEEK IN FACULTY
We seek enthusiastic teachers working out of Anthroposophy whose life experiences have strengthened their ability to work with the Waldorf pedagogy and who show a willingness to strive toward:
-inspired excellence in the classroom;
-effective working relationships with faculty, students, parents and board; and
-interest in sharing Waldorf education with the broader community.
For a detailed job description and application form, please contact Ximena Puig by phone or at ximena.maria.puig (at) gmail.com. We ask that applications include your resume, a handwritten cover letter, a short biography, and references from at least three people, including previous employers and someone who has observed your work with children. Applications should be addressed to the Personnel Committee. If you have questions or would like further information please contact Ximena Puig.
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