Spotlight on Inclusion

“The Waldorf School is a place where no matter what your culture, religion, or lifestyle, it will be an open and loving place for your family. Waldorf is not just a school, but a second family to us where we can feel completely accepted and loved.” – Esterina Zottola, WSP Parent

Esterina and her family found the school after a long, grueling search for a school for their oldest child. “We really thought we would never find the perfect school. Once we enrolled our son and when he started attending, we realized WSP was the perfect match for our family and was also our refuge. When we are at school we experience complete acceptance and peace. In this sometimes crazy and uncertain world we live in, we know at WSP we have 100% support and caring.”

The family has been at the school for six years now and last year, a significant milestone for her daughter was warmly embraced by her teacher and classmates. Esterina recounts the story:

When my daughter began approaching the age of 9 and the time when she would start wearing the hijab, she was a bit wary. I received a message from her teacher to invite me to speak about this milestone in the Islamic religion. I came in to speak to her class about the hijab and about Islam in general. When there, I could see any of the reservations my daughter had suddenly disappear. She knew her classmates were informed and very accepting of the change that she was making in wearing the hijab. The question and answer session I had with her class brought me to tears as I saw her friends urgency to learn about our religion and about her upcoming transition to the hijab.

Recently Esterina’s husband, an independent business owner, had some serious health issues. Tensions surrounding being Muslim in the U.S. added to the stress felt by the family. Esterina comments, “Things have been especially difficult for me as a mother of Muslim children in a time where it is not openly accepted. My family and I constantly feel targeted when outside our home. The one thing I can count on is that when we are at WSP, we always have open acceptance and love. The school has become our sanctuary. My children love that WSP includes many diverse ethnicities and religions. They love that when they are at WSP they will learn about other cultures and belief systems.”

The Annual Fund is helping families like Esterina’s and many others. At the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh we embrace a culture of inclusion. The Annual Fund helps us in this aim. As Esterina says, “There are many families who could really be positively impacted by Waldorf Education, but for some circumstance cannot fully provide for the funds. Everyone falls on hard times and needs a little help sometimes. Without the Annual Fund I do not know where my family would be.” Donate to the Annual Fund to assist in this help.

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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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