2017/2018 Job Openings

Seacoast Waldorf School is pleased to announce the following job openings for the 2017/18 academic year. This post is updated regularly with additional positions.

First Grade Teacher

Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine is seeking Waldorf Trained Teacher for 1st Grade in the 2017-2018 school year. We recently moved into a newly renovated building with 5 acres of land and woods. This year construction began on new middle school building including classrooms and community hall. Our school is growing and thriving. Seacoast Waldorf School is located on the beautiful coast of the southern Maine-New Hampshire border, only an hour from Boston, MA, Portland, Maine and the White Mountains of NH. The area we live in is rich in cultural and artistic activities as well as abundant opportunities to enjoy nature.

We are seeking a, highly organized, responsible, enthusiastic,  warm and motivated person with a friendly disposition to become a part of the special and unique SWS team. We value excellent teaching and classroom management skills, as well as a deep understanding of child development. We also seek a colleague committed to building strong collegial and parent relationships, and one who is committed to self-development.

Seacoast Waldorf School is developing member of AWSNA and WECAN in our seventeenth year. Our community features an active parent body, a committed board and supportive faculty and staff. We offer a competitive salary with 80% medical and dental benefits and full tuition remission.

Application Process:

Please submit your resume along with a letter of interest describing how or why Waldorf Education resonates with you personally and/or professionally and three professional references to staffing@seacoastwaldorfschool.org. Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Woodworking Teacher

Seacoast Waldorf School is seeking a part-time Woodworking Teacher for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year as well as the 2017-2018 school year. This position will involve teaching four instructional periods (to be scheduled late morning and/or afternoon, one or more days a week) and includes two hours of paid prep time per week.  This position is paid hourly with compensation based on years of experience, degree, and/or relevant Waldorf Education training.

The Waldorf woodworking curriculum  includes tree identification and understanding of wood uses, the study of concave and convex shapes, the carving of bowls and spoons using hand tools, the creation of more complex projects using joinery techniques, as well as both individual and collective projects that the students design themselves as their skills develop. The Waldorf woodworking teacher helps our students to develop the skillful use of hand tools such as saws, rasps, gouges and mallets. This position requires an overall knowledge of the Waldorf woodworking and practical activities curriculum for 3rd through 6th grade.

We are seeking a, highly organized, responsible, enthusiastic,  warm and motivated person with a friendly disposition to become a part of the special and unique SWS team. We value excellent teaching and classroom management skills, as well as a deep understanding of child development. We also seek a colleague committed to building strong collegial and parent relationships, and one who is committed to self-development.

Maine teacher certification not required. The individual hired for this position may be required to attend specialized Waldorf Education training programs or workshops or visit other Waldorf schools.

Additionally, the SWS Woodworking Teacher will be expected to:

  • Believe deeply in the mission and values of Seacoast Waldorf School
  • Demonstrate strong Waldorf Education pedagogy and effective classroom management
  • Plan and lead weekly age-appropriate woodworking classes for 3rd and 6th grades based on the rhythms of the seasons and school year
  • Plan and lead classes centered on practical service and light construction projects for 3rd and 6th grades
  • Develop/oversee the school’s woodworking program
  • Prepare progress reports for each student
  • Organize and maintain tools and supplies necessary to the program
  • Hold high expectations for each student and exhibit positive rapport with students
  • Continually improve Waldorf Education teaching skills by seeking out constructive feedback and professional development opportunities
  • Demonstrate initiative and integrity
  • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all classroom teachers and parents
  • Attend all required staff meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree preferred; High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Woodworking skills, using hand tools.
  • Woodworking teaching experience.
  • Related prior job experience, including experience working with elementary and/or middle school students.
  • Waldiorf teaching experience preferred.

Application Process:

Please submit your resume along with a letter of interest describing how or why Waldorf Education resonates with you personally and/or professionally and three professional references to staffing@seacoastwaldorfschool.org. Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

Holiday Faire Saturday, Dec. 3rd 10am-3pm!

 Join us for the 2nd Annual Seacoast Waldorf School Holiday Faire!

There will be over 30 beautiful artisans displaying their crafts for sale, baked goods and refreshments, live children’s holiday music by Mr. Whirly, face painting, fairy photo booth, chili lunch and great raffles!

Due to the construction and expansion at SWS, this year’s Holiday Faire is taking place at:

 

The Star Theater

Kittery Community Center

120 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine 03904

 

Find photos from the vendors and more information on the Faire Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1789239267996937/

 

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We have broken ground!

We are super excited to watch our new building and site improvements come to fruition after more than two years of planning! The project is expected to be completed by May of 2017 giving us a brand new 6,000 square foot, state-of-the- art energy efficient expansion along with wonderful site improvements for improved safety, functionality and appeal. Here are a few photos of the children receiving an educational lesson on site as the first concrete sections of the foundation were being poured.

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Additional Kindergarten Room Opening In September!

Kinder hoopSeacoast Waldorf School is pleased to announce the addition of another Kindergarten classroom serving children aged 4-6 years.

The Seacoast Waldorf School kindergartens serve children in a caring, rhythmical, play-based environment with much of the day spent outdoors. We adhere to the Waldorf curriculum for early childhood.   The lead teachers are Waldorf trained; materials and furnishings are classically Waldorf.

The kindergarten program is full of warmth, beauty, comfort, and simplicity.  The children’s day follows a regular rhythm.

In our kindergarten program, children learn through play, purposeful work, storytelling and puppet shows, and practical and artistic activities. The heart of the morning is free play, mostly outside where the children run, dig, haul, plant and get dirty.  This is a creative unstructured time for the children to interact with their peers.  During the daily circle time, children are inspired by beautiful language, verses, and singing.  The children’s social sense is reinforced in the daily sharing of a wholesome warm snack.  They set and clear the table with small porcelain plates and cups.  A simple blessing of gratitude is sung together before each snack followed by ample time for pleasant conversation.

Children typically attend Waldorf kindergarten for two years. The two-year kindergarten program is akin to a plant: during the first year of kindergarten, the seeds are planted and nourished; in the second year, the plant fully blooms and flourishes.

Foundation Studies Course offered at SWS

Foundation StudiesEver wonder what Waldorf is all about?

“No day should pass in our human life without our receiving at least one thought that alters our nature a little, that enables us to develop instead of merely to exist.” – Rudolf Steiner

Just what is it that draws us to Waldorf Education? The foundation studies program offered by staff from the Center for Anthroposophy is designed for anyone wishing to understand the underlying philosophical basis for Waldorf Education. Participants have varying levels of experience with Anthroposophy and have included:

  • Parents
  • Teachers preparing for Waldorf training
  • Board members
  • Community members
  • Teaching assistants and volunteers

Foundation Studies is typically offered in communities surrounding Waldorf schools or other centers of anthroposophical activity at various locations around the country. They consist of students in the same geographic area who meet regularly in guided group sessions that combine a variety of both intellectual and artistic offerings. Seminars, ongoing group work, artistic activities, and weekend workshops, address the broad themes of human development and personal growth from a Waldorf perspective.

A Waldorf Foundation Studies course will be starting in the Fall of 2016 in Wilton, NH Freeport, ME and Lexington, MA. and we would like to offer one here at SWS as well. In our all too busy lives this program is designed to be manageable. It is offered in our own community, close to home, on a part time basis and at a reasonable cost. A minimum of 15 people are needed to form a “cluster”. Participants bring their life, work and parenting experience into the content of anthroposophical inquiry, thus finding new meaning behind the phenomena of daily life. Shared questions, presentations and artistic renewal help develop a support network for both the local Waldorf school and the evolving adult relationships within the community. Meeting times vary but typically are scheduled every other week from September to May. An expanded version may include several weekend workshops, consisting of a two-hour lecture on Friday followed by a daytime workshop on Saturday.

If you are interested in registering or learning more about the program being started at SWS this fall please email deirdre@seacoastwaldorfschool.org by March 31st.

TUITION (AS OF SEPTEMBER 2016)

Tuition is $2,470 for each year (program runs for total of two years – 20 four-hour sessions or 80 contact hours each year).

Year One – Registrations with $190 deposit are due by August 1 or December 1, depending on the scheduled beginning date.  The $2,280 balance after deposit is paid in 12 monthly installments of $190 each, preferably via automatic credit card plan. The year one tuition is due completely before entering year two.

Year Two – NO RE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. YOUR YEAR TWO TUITION, YOUR YEAR ONE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (IF ANY) AND YOUR PAYMENT PLAN WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RENEWED UNLESS WE RECEIVE YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE.

The Year Two payment plan will consist of 13 monthly payments of $190 (less scholarship where applicable) from September to October. 

All tuition must be paid completely before Certificate of Completion is awarded.

Any cancellations must be received by August 1 or December 1.

Deposit of $190.00 is due with the registration. Should the cluster have to be cancelled, a full refund will be given. Those able and willing to pay their $2,280 tuition balance after deposit in full during September are eligible for a $50 discount. The payment of $2,230 may be made HERE.

PAYMENT PLANS

Enrolled participants with paid deposit may set up a monthly payment plan where the remaining $1,800 balance would be charged to their credit card in 9 monthly installments from October to July. All payment plans need to be set up before the end of October. Please let us know ahead of time if you would prefer to pay in another way, and we will be happy to set up a different arrangement. Email milan@centerforanthroposophy.org or call 603-654-2566 with any questions.

FINANCIAL AID

Limited scholarship assistance is available upon request by filling out and submitting the application form. All tuition assistance awards (including teacher scholarships) will be announced via e-mail and will typically range between 15% and 20% of total tuition depending on individual circumstances and the overall strength of the cluster. Awards will reduce your tuition balance, which may then be paid over 9 months via payment plan.

2016 Summer Camp, Tiny Chef’s Still Open July 18-22

Tree house pictureAnnouncement: Our 2016 Tiny Chef’s Camp still has a few spaces!

SWS is pleased announce it’s exciting line-up of summer camps for 2016.  Let your child tumble at the circus, become a tiny chef, tap into their inner artist or build a treehouse! Camp dates, costs and detailed descriptions can all be found by clicking here . Online registration and credit card transactions are available through PayPal.

Many of our camps sell out fast so be sure to register early!