Woodwinds Teacher

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is seeking a woodwinds teacher for grades 6-8 for the 2017-2018 school year. We are searching for a teacher who is comfortable instructing in a heterogeneous class setting. The ideal candidate will have training in music education, the ability to instruct a variety woodwind instruments, teaching 11-14 year old students, and must demonstrate good classroom management, parent and colleague communication, as well as desire to become part of a Waldorf community.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to employment@waldorfpittsburgh.org.

No telephone inquiries please.

This is a part-time position: $25 per 45 minute lesson, three lessons a week on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:45 pm.

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Spotlight on Expansion

“The basis of artistic creation is not what is, but what might be;
not the real, but the possible.” – Rudolf Steiner

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh has a history of embracing the possible and then making it happen. In 2003, as a ten-year-old school, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh became a first-time property owner. The board, faculty, and administration voted to purchase our current property with an imagination of how the school would grow. At the time, the school rented a small building on the South Side with an enrollment of approximately 90 students in Morning Garden through 5th grade. Since moving to our current campus fourteen years ago, the school has shared our building with numerous tenants until recently finding that we needed all of the space for ourselves. We are growing into our vision.

Rudolf Steiner intended for Waldorf schools to be cultural centers and we see this potential coming to fruition at WSP now more than ever. You, our deeply engaged community, continue to step up to the challenge of making our facilities and grounds meet our growing enrollment. Our property has given us the opportunity to imagine a place that serves simultaneously as a model of Historic Preservation and a model of healthy, green building. It is a place that provides another foundation stone to the economic and social revitalization of the Garfield, Friendship, and Bloomfield neighborhoods. It is a place where numerous mature trees extend their branches over 2.4 acres of green space in the city. It is a place where every child spends time outside as part of their daily education.

In 2003, our strategic plan envisioned full early childhood classrooms and classes of 20 students in grades 1-8.  In 2014, eleven years later, we graduated our first 8th grade. Since 2012, we have completed renovations of six classrooms as well as three grounds-related projects including the Dandelion Kindergarten; third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade classrooms; the Place Study (May 2014); the Grades Natural Playground (April 2016); and the Garden Classroom Project (February 2016).  From late 2014 until March 2017, we embarked on a master planning process to design how our buildings and grounds could continue to change and expand to meet our growing enrollment.

We are just one 8th grade classroom away from completing phase one of our campus master plan. Our original hope was to build a SEED Classroom, a modular classroom that would meet Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards. After considerable consultation, we learned that a modular classroom would not increase the value of our property and does not allow enough choices about the aesthetics of the building. For this reason, over the summer the WSP Board of Trustees made the decision for the Expansion Team to begin working with a new architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ). Our goals for the building include:

  • Design a healthy, regenerative, place-based eighth-grade classroom.
  • Include an outdoor performance space as a secondary function. The audience seating will be situated on the grounds to view a performance from a stage which also serves as a porch for the classroom.

When not in use by our students, the classroom would provide a space for community building, family and adult education, and networking opportunities. The new design has the potential of meeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Recognition as a healthy, high-performing, sustainable classroom. In addition, the design exudes beauty and takes into account all of the feedback that we gathered from students, faculty, staff, board members, and community partners during our SEED Classroom quest. The classroom will be constructed using materials that will ensure the healthiest learning environment for our students and a design that is respectful of our current buildings and beloved green space.

The classroom must be built by the start of the 2019-2020 school year in order to serve our current sixth grade class. We have come so far and have just one more classroom to go in order to have a classroom for each of our robust grades classes. By supporting the Annual Fund, you support expansion efforts which serve our growing community – a community where we continue to embrace our future.



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Assistant in Little Friends Childcare Program

Position Details

Caring for children ages 18 months – 4 years in a homelike, holistic care setting Monday – Friday year round. Currently, we are interviewing for an assistant in the toddler class from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday. Assistants will be working with and sharing the space with a lead teacher. This home like care program for young children includes plenty of outdoor play, domestic activities, the daily cooking of organic foods, as well as singing songs and telling stories.

* Starting pay for assistants is $11.50/hour


  • A high-school diploma or more
  • 2 years verifiable work with children OR a B.A. in the social services or educational field
  • Up to Date Clearances (recent within 1 year)

Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Biography – one page document explaining your personal/professional background including how/why you came to be interested in working at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh in the Little Friends Program as a caregiver
  • List of 3 professional references

To apply, send applications materials to:

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh
Attn: Little Friends
201 S. Winebiddle St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Or via email at employment@waldorfpittsburgh.org

It is encouraged that you please read about Waldorf philosophy and education at www.whywaldorfworks.org, before applying.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.  Please, no phone inquiries.

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Annual Fund 2017 – Thank You Donors!

Thank you to all our generous donors!

Visionary ($2,500–$9,999):
Adam & Susannah Tripp
Donna Belajac
Neal & Doris Gillman
Goldstein Family

Patron ($1,000–$2,499):

Al Bowers & Susan Krouse
Christine Gooch
Hemant Agrawal Julie Pal-Agrawal
Anne Clair Goodman & Hal Shapera
Kirsten Christopherson-Clark & John Clark
Kelly & Paul Rodgers
Malcolm & Paula Webster

Fellow ($500–$999):

Carrie Tongarm
Shannon & William Hula
Gretchen Aiyangar
Amelia Brett
Mario Castagnaro & Linda Santelices
Joe Nawrocki & Camille DiNicola
Bob & Charlotte Roberson
Jill & Jim Roediger
Andrew & Lindsay Wood
Adam & Jill Zihar
Andy English & Delanie Jenkins
Cass Neely & Greg Clary

Supporter ($250–$499):

Cynthia & Michele Savoia
David Orenstein & Alex Gruskos
Josh Aderholt & Aggie Hanczewski
Rebecca Mizikar & Andrei Voicu
Andrew & Stephanie Bruno
Myrvin & Anne Christopherson
Meghan & Stefan Dann
Courtney Ehrlichman
Bobbi & David Konefal-Shaer
Denise McMorrow

Partner ($100–$249):

Ian Winter & Devon Wood
David & Peggy Darnell
Jeffrey Dorsey & Holly King
John & Laura Kulick
Kevin Lenzo & Andrea Noyes
Gena & Russ Loyd
Viachaslau Charnashei & Valentina Kuprijanova
Virginia Van Pelt
Gabriel & Kimberly O’Donnell
Claire Westbrook
Christopher Ballod & Melissa Wagner
Sarah Banach
Randy Bartlett & Paige Wiegman
Jason & Jessica Benton
Daniel Berlin & Monique Murad
Jason Bright & Wendy Bright
Ian & Melissa Brown
Michael Bundy
Kristin Bundy
Stan Caldwell & Deborah Gross
Heather Conrad & Michael Marcsisin
Markus Erbeldinger & Zuleikha Erbeldinger-Bjork
Brendan & Kate Froeschl
Ralph Gross
Alicia Haley & Michael Kozak
Julie & Kent Jensen
Adam & Amanda Kenney
Elizabeth & Jeffrey Kline
Betty & Bill Lychack
Juanita & Robert Mizikar
Kelly & Lance Mroz
Wayne Patterson
Bob Roberson
Linda Schmid
Ahimsa Shakti
Alan Shuckrow
Mali & Jill Tongarm
Akif Burak & Saniye Ayca Tosun
Randi & Ryan Voss
Laura Zech
Immacolata Zottola
Andrei Voicu
Barbara Grance
Irina Peris
Tim Lis & Lisa Kulick
Ameet Aiyangar
Catherine Kost
Keren Wheeler
Anind Dey
Victoria Rhoades

Friend (up to $99):

Thomas Bowser & Michelle Opdahl
Christina & Michael Chirdon-Jones
Albert Froeschl
Breen Casey & Sean Lehr-Nuth
Molly Mehling & Carl Nim
Pamela Paich-Caraway
Erin Copeland & Barton Kirk
Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Farabaugh
Shannon Flynn & Brian Lysell
Albert & Emily Hanser
Valerie Lueth & Paul Roden
Richard & Carol Winter
Renee Gielewski
Heather Seiders & Michael Wik
Martin & Carol Zihar
Joshua & Rebecca Brown
Stephanie Mayer-Staley & Mark Staley
Dawn Penney & Jacob Stempky
Laura Phillips
Merrit & Ryan Deslauriers
Karin Fast
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta Dennis Schebetta
Jennifer Larson
Sebastian Swetoha
Morgan Brown
Michael Cochran & Nadine Lehrer
Benjamin & Lisa Collier
Maya Goldstein
Lykourgos Iordanidis
Alice Lychack
Kate & Moshe Sherman
Juli Strang-Tryc
Wendy & Rick Thielbar
Robyn Thomas
Claudia Kitchen
Alissa Miller
Torben Clark
Summer Erbeldinger-Bjork
Marissa Erbeldinger-Bjork
Bill & Pegin Foglia
Nolan Hunter
Ella Lesko
Frederick Lychack
Kavi Mankoff-Dey
Georgia-Rae Roca-Steele
Miles Sanders
Kevin Seal
Selden Webster
Nathaniel Winter
Phineas Wood
Finnegan Bartlett
Rebecca Davidson-Wagner & Brian Wagner
Rachel Durst
Abigail Hanser
Cynthia Lopez
Andrew Lopez
Burgess Lychack
William Lychack
Esther Nawrocki
Ian Oliver
Maryam Salem
Cecelia Wagner
Ayvind Wiegman
August Wiegman
Beatrice Wood
Bailey Zihar
Elliott Brown
Elizabeth Ketcham
Helena Ballod
Lucius Deslauriers
Finnegan Deslauriers
Jack Lis
Nicholas Iordanidis
John Iordanidis
Jacob Julin
Clayton Kenney
David Mroz
Della Wagner
Tyler Zihar
Elise Bowser
Thomas Bowser
Sofia Castagnaro
Luca Castagnaro
Enzo Castagnaro
Aila Dann
Lyle Kenney
Thomas Ketcham
Gabriel Mroz
Penelope Schebetta
Ori Sherman
Elizabeth Shipman
Robin & Jon Kenney
Peggy and Kirk Eichenberger
Donald & Mary Fulmer
Terri & Scott Staley
Cindy Copeland
Stefan Dann
Marvin Sirbu
Andrea Noyes
Jeff & Kathryn Pepper
Kara Bialecki
Laura Caton
Andrea White

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Join Us for Waldoberfest

Waldoberfest is happening again this year at East End Brewery. Check out more information here.

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WSP Implements Energy Grant

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) awarded the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh (WSP) a $25,000 grant to co-fund the installation of an innovative Energy Dashboard that shows real-time energy usage feedback to monitor and display energy use as part of WSP’s Smart Energy Living Learning Lab. WPPSEF is providing this co-funding to collect, measure, and display real-time energy use and building performance data to inform WSP’s future strategic energy efficiency improvements and building upgrades as well as enable hands-on and experiential learning throughout their educational programs and teaching curriculum.

The goals of the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory include:

  • Unlocking knowledge of real-time energy use, which impacts occupant behavior change
  • Creating experiential learning opportunities for WSP students, parents, and faculty; educators in training; visitors to the school; and students from the region during summer camps; and
  • Inspiring other schools in the region to implement similar infrastructure and energy efficiency practices for reduced environmental impact and operational costs, as well as enhanced learning opportunities

“Students want to know how to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.  WSP is compelled to meet the significant need to equip them to solve daunting environmental problems – and, to do this by demonstrating the world’s best green building practices, innovative technology, and curricula standards in a healthy, toxin-free learning space, and by instilling the critical connection between ecological and human health,” shares Kirsten Christopherson-Clark, WSP Head of School.

The Waldorf educational experience ensures that students fully appreciate the impact every person has on their surrounding environment.  To be able to measure the impact of human behavior on the consumption of energy in real-time expands WSP’s mission and further influences behavior change that is mindful of environmental impact. The experiential learning at the Laboratory will inspire students’ thinking and creativity to address solutions to some of our most important challenges today, and educate parents and future teachers about the importance of energy use. 

“Through the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory, we aspire to elevate an essential  conversation in the greater Pittsburgh and Western PA communities about the types of energy used to power our schools and the impact on financial resources, the environment, and health,” notes Ms. Christopherson-Clark.

This project is a collaboration between the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and Energy Assurance Solutions, with generous support from funders including WPPSEF.

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:

  • Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies;
  • Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies; and
  • Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the WPP service region.

Visit http://www.wppsef.org for further information.

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