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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 :
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
Materials may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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.
“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.
In what ways are screens affecting teenagers? On Wednesday, November 2, at 7:00pm the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is sponsoring a screening of Screenagers at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, with a discussion period. You can purchase tickets here.
Caring for children ages 18 months – 3 years in a homelike, holistic care setting Monday – Friday year round. Our Little Friends Program runs from 8 am – 6 pm daily, with approx. 6 weeks off per year. Currently, we are interviewing for an assistant in the toddler class from 2:45 – 6:15 pm 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
- 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 email@example.com
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.
“In this day and age where the media portrays ‘there is no hope’ – the school gives me hope for the future. I look forward to what is to come for these students and how they will contribute to the world.”
-Laura Kulick, WSP grandparent
Does an education at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh make a difference in children’s lives now and in the future? Laura and John Kulick, proud WSP grandparents of a current 7th grade student, think so! They’ve seen the difference it’s made in the life of their grandson, Jack. Jack came to WSP in 4th grade and has been thriving ever since. Will you help WSP children thrive with your generous gift to the Annual Fund?
Laura Kulick raised three daughters with her husband, John, a Lieutenant in the state police. John often traveled for work and Laura spent her days volunteering at the girls’ private school. She did it all – from organizing the school Christmas shop to editing the school’s first newspaper with the 7th and 8th grade classes. “It was wonderful to be able to have contact with teachers, to be involved with the social and emotional well-being of the children, and be connected to the school.” Both Laura and John valued a life of service to their family and greater community – values they see cultivated at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.
“The school enlightens the child to see so much more – to see themselves and other people as confident human beings. And this brings a deeper sense of awareness for others. The school is preparing the children not only academically, but to love one another and accept differences,” says Laura.
What has been instilled in Laura and John’s grandson, Jack, has been life-changing. “Before coming to WSP, Jack was so unhappy (in school) and I had an ache in my heart that only a grandmother could have.” Now, “he has opened up like a fine instrument and in my mind, I always see him standing tall. His teachers at the school have helped him to breathe – opened him up to be able to say, ‘I recognize my abilities’.”
Your gift to the Annual Fund allows more young people to see their amazing abilities and to appreciate those of others. Please consider joining this year’s Annual Fund. You will feel good knowing that your generous investment will help other students thrive and bring hope for the future.