Join us for Waldi-Gras

Join us for a festive time at Waldi Gras at East End Brewing, Saturday, February 25.

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Book, Game, & Puzzle Exchange

Hibernation Restock, Saturday, January 28, 1:00-4:00pm
Book, Game and Puzzle Exchange
Fun for the whole family! $5/person, children 5 and under free with adult.
Pass along some good books, games and puzzles to a new home.
Bring home new-to-you books, games and puzzles!
Play games, catch up with friends, enjoy a cup of cocoa or hot, spiced cider.
Purchase baked goods to take home and pre-order
homemade soups.

Benefits the 3rd grade farm trip.

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Extended Care Lead Position to Start Jan. 3, 2017

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is looking for a dedicated individual who loves working with children for a part-time lead teaching position in the school’s Extended Care/After School Program.

Duties include preparing snacks, engaging the children in games and activities, helping monitor classroom and outdoor playtime, activities programming for grades-age students, and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment.

Qualified applicants must have a college degree in education or human services field, previous childcare experience, current clearances, ability to interact with children of different ages and developmental needs, and a willingness to learn about the Waldorf educational process.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three written professional references. We prefer initial contact be via email rather than phone please. Materials may be sent to employment@waldorfpittsburgh.org

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Third Grade Turkey Raffle

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First Grade Teacher Position 2017-2018

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is currently seeking an enthusiastic teacher dedicated to Waldorf Education to join a cohesive, strong faculty circle. The First Grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year will begin an exciting new journey as the class and teacher progress together from grades one through eight at our school. At a minimum, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Waldorf teacher training and Pennsylvania certification are preferred; however, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh will consider candidates with a variety of qualifications.

Application materials are due by January 16 and must include the following items :

Cover letter
Resume
Biography – one to two page document explaining how you came to be interested in teaching at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh
List of 3 professional references

To apply, send applications materials to the following address:
Waldorf School of Pittsburgh
First Grade Teacher Position
201 S Winebiddle St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
OR
Materials may also be emailed to 1stgrade@waldorfpittsburgh.org.
Electronic materials must be in either PDF or MS Word format.

If your application moves to the next phase of our hiring process, we will contact you.

Please read about our school and Waldorf curriculum at www.waldorfpittsburgh.org before applying.

Our School and Our Region

Currently serving approximately 200 students spanning ages eighteen months through eighth grade, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh has offered Waldorf Education to the area since 1993. We currently hold Full Membership status from the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and Developing School status from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Since 2003, we have been located in a historic 140-year-old Victorian mansion on a two and a half acre campus in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. The rest of the neighborhood is primarily residential with several vibrant business districts within a few blocks and a burgeoning arts scene along the adjacent Penn Avenue corridor. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the City of Pittsburgh remains a hidden treasure and is ranked number two in Forbes’ listing of most affordable cities. It has also been highly ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. Pittsburgh has a small-town feel packed with numerous colleges and universities, several corporate headquarters, a thriving arts and cultural community, and a number of large parks in and around the city. Within 30-45 minutes of the city are dozens of opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

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Spotlight on Teachers

“I feel honored to work at this school and so fortunate that my children have this education. I cannot express how much this school has supported my family while Adam has been away. ‘Together We Thrive’ is not just a catch phrase for this year’s Annual Fund — community support is a significant part of WSP.”

-Jill Zihar, WSP Faculty

Jill Zihar came to the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh after graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a master’s degree in Literary and Cultural Studies. On graduation day, a woman she’d never met before told her, “You should teach in a Waldorf school.” That night, Jill researched Waldorf Education and applied to work at our school.

Even though Jill has been a teacher for fourteen years, she sees herself as still being on the journey to becoming the teacher she wants to be. “I am always striving to meet the children in my class, to work in the most respectful way with parents and colleagues, to look inside of myself to see where I can grow and stretch and therefore, be ‘worthy of imitation’ for the children in my care…”

In January 2016, Jill’s husband Adam was deployed with the National Guard to Kosovo for a year. Jill and Adam have two children who attend the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Having Adam away for a long period is daunting for the Zihar family. However, our school community has made a difference. “Dinner has been provided for my family every Thursday (our faculty meeting night) since January. Every once in a while someone will let me know that they are praying for Adam or holding us in their thoughts. I have amazing colleagues and friends at the school that I can talk to and if I need extra support, I know that there is no hesitation to give it. Bailey and Tyler see and feel that they are in a school that will lift us up, surround us in love, prepare our meals, and offer kindness.”

Teachers like Jill Zihar deserve our best. They deserve a competitive salary and benefits, so they can continue to take care of themselves and their families. We want our teachers to be confident in our community’s support when they want to gain new skills as educators through continuing education.

Jill is committed to continuing her education. Two years ago, she began HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neuro-Development and Learning Efficiency) training. The HANDLE approach addresses a wide range of learning, behavior, and developmental issues. Jill says her wish is to continue to “seek the knowledge to meet every child in my care and to know what they are asking for.” You can help Jill Zihar provide the very best Waldorf Education for our children. Donate to this year’s Annual Fund, and let Jill know that you believe in her and every teacher at our school.

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