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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Seacoast Waldorf School Michaelmas Celebration

Students, faculty, family and friends gathered last Thursday to celebrate the school’s traditional Fall festival, Michaelmas.

Michaelmas celerbation at Seacoast Waldorf SchoolMichaelmas is a celebration of St. Michael, the protector of humanity, who according to fifth century tradition, battles a dragon to save the kingdom. Because the celebration falls near the equinox, it is often associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

The grade school children and teachers gathered to sing and recite verses as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and their families looked on. The stories and verse contained themes of courage, light conquering dark, inner strength, and deeds of goodness. Waldorf schools also use Michaelmas to teach students the importance of using courage to prepare for the colder, darker, winter months ahead.

The sixth and seventh graders then performed a movement piece and archery demonstration, after which families, students and faculty were seated at picnic tables for an outdoor feast of soup (made by the kindergarteners and with veggies chopped by the nursery school children), corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful day before heading indoors to tour the children’s classrooms.6th grade archery demonstration

The Michaelmas festival reminds us to both summon and honor the courage displayed each and every day – in noble acts big and strong.

 

Unconquered hero, brave and bold,
St. Mi-cha-el to you we turn, of strength untold,
your power sends us, from foes defend us,
St. Mi-cha-el! 

How great your might and majesty,
St. Mi-cha-el, come now with all your company,
your power sends us, from foes defend us,
St. Mi-cha-el! 

Rose Ceremony marks new year at Seacoast Waldorf School

The school yard was filled with proud, smiling faces today as the new first graders of the Seacoast Waldorf School were welcomed with a rose!  Rose Ceremony at Seacoast Waldorf School

During this beautifully simple and heartfelt ceremony, the oldest students in the school greeted the first graders one by one, handing them each a rose as they began their journey through the grades.

Entering first grade is an enormous change for children, and the giving and receiving of the flower gives a special significance to their growth, and their transition out of early childhood and into the grades program.

The Rose Ceremony is a tradition that is performed on the first day of the school year at Waldorf schools all across the globe, and has been since the early 1900’s when Waldorf Education began.  It is just one of the many traditions performed at the Seacoast Waldorf School to celebrate and honor the children and their families as they experience important milestones in their lives.

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.