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Join a Waldorf community with a harmonious, stable, and experienced faculty, a supportive Board of Trustees, and an engaged parent body. Alabama Waldorf School (nursery through 8th grade) is approaching our 35th year. We are well established in the Birmingham, AL area, and are the only fully accredited Waldorf School in Alabama. Our school is faculty held, meaning all decisions are made under the direction of faculty consensus vote. We have just over 100 students,  learning in a successful multi-age classroom model in both preschool and grades programs, which allows teachers to deeply nurture the whole child and develop strong, meaningful relationships with students, their parents/guardians, and family members.

Alabama Waldorf School established its curriculum utilizing the traditional Waldorf philosophy as defined by scientist, philosopher and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Waldorf education evolved from Steiner’s thorough understanding of human development and addresses the needs of children as they move through development on every level: physical, mental, and emotional. The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.​ Our faculty and staff are guided by reverence for the developing child, courage for the truth, and the ability to continue to learn from one another.

We are seeking colleagues who will bring a passion for teaching and an enthusiastic commitment to join this community. Candidates must be committed to caring for and educating children in a lively and engaging way, recognizing that not all children learn in the same style.

All position inquiries begin with send a resume and/or the position inquiry form to admin@alabamawaldorf.org and by taking a school tour. Please call 205-592-0541, or email Marketing, to schedule a Tuesday tour at 9 am.

Becoming a salaried Waldorf teacher requires training in the Waldorf curriculum. All of our full-time faculty members are either Waldorf-trained, in training, or working alongside a team member who has Waldorf training.

Current Opportunities

(updated May 2022)

Substitute Teaching

 

We are in need of qualified substitute teachers for both our Preschool (18 months - 6 years old) and Grades 1 - 8 programs. Candidates interested in substitute teaching begin the process of applying by attending a Tuesday tour, offered every Tuesday, 9 - 10 am, while school is in session. Substitute pay is $12 an hour. Program observation, an interview, and necessary background checks including TB test are required. Please contact Marketing to schedule a school tour. Also, please fill out a position inquiry form and email this along with your CV or resume to admin@alabamawaldorf.org.

Grades Movement Teacher (1st - 7th Grades)

 

Movement & Games Education at Waldorf

Physical activity is an important part of Waldorf education, providing integration of the whole body. The games curriculum cultivates basic coordination and movement skills in children, throughout their developmental stages. As they move through the grades, students explore movement activities ranging from imaginative or strategic games to tackling challenging obstacle courses and finally to competitive games (after Grade 5). We encourage students to learn to play with each other before playing against each other, giving them a greater sense of responsibility and self-confidence.

A qualified candidate for the Movement Teacher position will:

  • Bring into practice and manifestation the shared vision of the school.

  • As a teacher, nurture the development and unique capacities of each child within the context of the whole class.

  • Be responsible — as part of a whole Faculty — for the pedagogical and administrative aspects of the school.
     

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma, or equivalent.

  • Experience working with children.

  • Available to teach minimum 10 hours per week, times vary by day in the range of 11 am - 3:15 pm.

  • Acceptance, as a working hypothesis for teaching (not necessarily for one’s personal beliefs), the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, as brought in Faculty studies, teacher presentations during in-school workshops and through other pertinent Waldorf training.

  • Agreement with the school’s Policy & Procedure Manual and Employee Handbook.

 

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree 

  • Previous experience teaching movement or similar field 

  • Previous Waldorf teaching experience 

  • Spatial Dynamics training

  • Master’s Degree in art, education, or related fields 

 

Hours, Compensation & Benefits:

  • Minimum hours per week for this position are 10 hours.

  • Hourly Faculty members are required to attend weekly team meetings, mentoring sessions, and  faculty meetings. Hourly faculty members are also encouraged to attend meetings and other school functions outside of their regular work hours. 

  • Hourly rate is $15 per hour.

  • Additional opportunities for hours include substituting and holding the extended care program 3:15 - 5:30 pm.

  • Waldorf training and mentoring will provide methods and recommend materials.

Preschool Assistant Teacher

 

The Nursery Assistant teacher position is a commitment to the multi-age classroom model (ages 18 months - 3 years), which allows teachers to deeply nurture the whole child and develop strong, meaningful relationships with students, their parents/guardians, and family members. 

 

Candidates must be committed to storytelling, hand crafts, singing, and caring for children in a lively and engaging way, recognizing that not all children learn in the same style. Preschool Teachers hold a classroom rhythm, prepare snack, maintain classroom’s cleanliness, and closely observe children’s needs, while giving them room to play and explore freely. Waldorf training and mentoring will provide methods and recommend materials. 
 

Minimum Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

  • Acceptance, as a working hypothesis for teaching (not necessarily for one’s personal beliefs), the work of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, as brought in Faculty studies, teacher presentations during in-school workshops and through other pertinent Waldorf training.

  • Agreement with the school’s Policy & Procedure Manual.

 

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher

  • Previous Waldorf experience or Waldorf certification

  • Experience working with children

  • Experience working with the consensus model of decision-making

 

Hours, Compensation & Benefits:

  • School Day Hours 8:15 am – 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm

  • Minimum 25 class hours per week

  • $15-20K starting salary

  • Benefits available

  • Generally, school vacations include Thanksgiving week, 2 weeks Winter Holiday, 1 week Spring Break, plus other holidays during the year.  Consult the annual calendar for specifics.