Class Teacher – First Grade (Immediate Hire)
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Waldorf teacher ready to begin their journey with our current first grade class. A commitment to the Waldorf curriculum and interest in collaboration with colleagues and parents are required qualities in candidates wishing to be considered for this position.
The mission of Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School is to provide a full Waldorf education to children in early childhood through eighth grade and to be a vital and active part of the Driftless region. Dedicated and compassionate teachers, staff and parents work side-by-side to tend to the dignity and well-being of our children and community of adults. Additionally, we strive to cultivate a harmonious and diverse school community that is ecologically sustainable, financially responsible, morally diligent, socially renewing and spiritually striving.
Ideal start date is November, 2020.
Application Deadline: November 13, 2020
To uphold the vision we have for our school and program, we seek candidates that have a commitment to working in an environment that fosters the education of the whole human being and whose life experiences have strengthened their ability to work with the Waldorf pedagogy and show a willingness to strive toward:
- inspired excellence in the classroom
- effective working relationships with faculty, students, parents, and board
- interest in sharing Waldorf education with the broader community
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School does not discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or family status, disability or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
Please complete and submit an employment application along with resume and references to:
Jordan Brudos, Personnel Committee
Class Teacher Position
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School
431 E. Court Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
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 Viroqua website page.
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School offers a full early childhood program, with two mixed-age kindergartens with three and five day options with a maximum or 30 children and three 8-week sessions of parent-child classes. Our elementary program is supported by subject classes which include Spanish, Handwork, Choral and Instrumental Music, Eurythmy, and Physical Education. We have a school garden and encourage community service projects. Additional programming includes Aftercare, Enrichment Days and Summer Camps. Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School is a full member of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America). Our building and campus were purchased in 1995 and include our Old Main Building, Wooded Acre and Growing For Good www.growingforgood.org. We offer an organic hot lunch program Monday through Thursday and work with a balanced budget. Benefits include tuition remission, hot lunch, a professional development stipend, and accident insurance.
We seek and engage mentors as needed to support our faculty and staff. We have enjoyed mentoring relations over the years with Helle Heckmann, Kim John Payne, Dr. Mark Kamsler and Leo Klein. Other visitors we’ve welcomed include Bart Eddy, Dennis Klocek, John Bloom, Christopher Houghton Budd, Richard Dancy, Else Goettgens, Marianne Gray, Kim Snyder-Vine, Michael D’Aleo, Chris Selkely, 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.
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School does not discriminate in the employment practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or family status, disability or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
For a detailed job description and application form, see our open positions and links above. We ask that applications include your resume, a 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, please contact us at 608-637-7828 or via email.
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