employment at
wasatch waldorf charter school

 

join our team as:

Kindergarten Assistant
Hearth Keeper
Substitute Teacher


 

FAQs for potential staff

What are the requirements for hiring?

All teachers hired at WCS must be certified to teach in Utah. If a qualified and interested individual has a bachelor’s degree and promise as a Waldorf teacher or a certification from another state, s/he may be hired to teach at WCS if s/he can guarantee that a plan for being fully state-certified within three years of the hiring date will be worked out with the State of Utah through the Alternative Route to Licensure Process and if the plan is being actively pursued during the intervening years.

All specialty teachers who will be working with students without the direct supervision of a certified class teacher or administrator, must also have a bachelor’s degree or higher and state certification.

All teachers will also be expected to have a plan in place to obtain Waldorf certification and be making consistent progress towards that objective during their time teaching at WCS. Preference in hiring will be given to teachers with Waldorf certification and/or teaching experience. Pay differentials will also reward teachers for these credentials.

What types of teachers are needed at WCS?
Because the quality of teaching is the key to the Waldorf approach, WCS expects to hire the most engaged and committed teachers. Teachers will be sought to teach in classrooms from Kindergarten through eighth grade.

In addition, specialty teachers will be hired in physical education / movement, music, Spanish, handwork and eurythmy. Part-time teachers and artisans may also be hired to teach gardening, woodworking, art, speech and drama.

What if I am not a Waldorf-certified teacher?

WCS recognizes that it is unlikely that the majority of teachers will be Waldorf-certified in the first year. However, it is expected that all teachers hired at WCS begin a training program to obtain Waldorf certification. During the initial years of training, many supports will be provided to teachers including: professional development and workshops, the mentoring of an experienced Waldorf teacher who will serve as Pedagogical Director, and other pre-service training programs.

teaching at wasatch waldorf charter school

Wasatch Charter School (WCS) is the first school guided by the principles of Waldorf Education in the State of Utah. Nestled in the Salt Lake Valley, only minutes from the many amenities of the Wasatch mountains, WCS provides a public, tuition-free school serving over 600 students from a variety of backgrounds. WCS brings a comprehensive public education inspired by Waldorf principles and integrating academics, arts, movement, nature and social responsibility into everyday learning. Dedicated to the optimal development of each individual child, WCS will nurture intellectual, social and emotional, and physical capacities through an artistic, hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to core academic subjects which enables each student to blossom into an imaginative, engaged, competent, life-long learner. Inspired by anthroposophy and Steiner’s developmental model and aligned with the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education standards and the Utah Core Curriculum, WCS offers pre-kindergarten to eighth grade classes with two tracks per grade, as well as a variety of specialty classes including Spanish, Eurythmy, Music, Movement, Gardening, and Handwork.

Qualifications:
A teacher at WCS should:

• Have received at least a bachelor’s degree at an approved higher education institution 
• Hold an appropriate license with all required endorsements as approved by the USOE or be on track to complete an alternative licensure within 3 years of hiring 
• Have received a certificate in Waldorf education or have experience as a teacher in a Waldorf school or demonstrate commitment to completing Waldorf teacher training within 4 years of hiring 
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission, pedagogy and methods of Waldorf education
• Possess a clear and demonstrable concern for the children to be taught 
• Have experience in teaching, with an ability to demonstrate excellence in the integration of arts, movement, and project-based learning into the classroom 
• Be able to differentiate instruction based on the needs of students
• Understand how to use formative and summative assessment to inform teaching practice 
• Have excellent communication skills and an ability to work well with colleagues, administration, and parents 
• Be willing to seek additional training and certification, such as the requirements set forth in NCLB for “Highly Qualified” teachers 
• Seek continual learning and self-development. 

All WWCS teachers will have received a bachelor’s degree at an approved higher education institution and will hold an appropriate license with areas of concentration and endorsements as approved by the USOE (See R277-510, R277-520, and R277-524) or shall be on track to complete the Alternative Route to Licensure (as provided in Rule R277-503). Because the training of teachers in the methodologies and pedagogy of Waldorf education is critical to the creating a true Waldorf education for students, emphasis will be placed on hiring experienced, certified Waldorf teachers or teachers committed to completing Waldorf teacher certification.

 

class teacher

Responsibilities:

The classroom teacher’s first responsibility is to connect to each child individually, so that from his/her understanding of each one, the 7 needed to form each individual into a community of children will be gained. Classroom teachers at WWCS will work with a class of students in one particular grade for a given year and then move with these students through their advancement from 1st through 8th Grade, or a portion thereof.
 Classroom teachers hold the primary responsibility for the delivery of the curriculum in an imaginative and meaningful way to students each day. They ensure student learning and growth through the use of formative and summative assessments and, based on their observations, adjust their teaching to provide additional resources as needed.

special education teacher

Responsibilities:

Special Education teachers work directly with special needs students, under the supervision of the Special Education Director to facilitate their academic progress and development. 

They: 
• Provide services to special needs students as detailed in the students’ IEPs 
• Write IEP’s and hold IEP meetings
• Develop expertise in working with students in a particular subject-matter, e.g., reading, mathematics
• Provide remedial support and instruction to students identified through assessments
• Help coordinate other therapies and supports for students, as needed
• Supervise paraprofessionals working as aides to students.


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