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Grades Teacher Aide

Birmingham, AL, USA

Job Type

Full Time




$24 K

About the Role

We are seeking a Grades Teacher Aide to provide support in classrooms and for student activities. This position will focus primarily on academic support for students, assisting teachers in classroom activities and management, and substitute teaching duties. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assist in the daily management and supervision of the lower grades (1st - 3rd) classes under the guidance of the Class Teachers.  

  • Provide support as needed to individual students.

  • Implement classroom and school discipline and behavior management programs

  • Proactively redirect students as needed 

  • Provide support during academic activities, including crafting, snack/lunch supervision, and transition between activities

  • Meet regularly with class teachers for guidance and planning

  • Participate in classroom activities such as circle activities, speech work, handwork, and flute work

  • Contribute to the maintenance of classroom cleanliness and organization, ensuring a conducive learning environment.

  • Substitute teaching when needed for any elementary, middle school, subject class, and preschool teachers.

  • Assist with the planning and celebration of seasonal festivals and school activities, such as assemblies, field trips, and class fundraisers.

  • Assist the Administrative office as necessary with student needs such as “school nurse duties” and check-in/check-out procedures.


Minimum Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • 1-2 years of classroom experience in working with students in grades 1-8

  • Ability to engage in a spiritual and developmental understanding of students ages 0-14 as guided by Waldorf education principles and integrated into curriculum practices at Alabama Waldorf School.

  • Effective communication and teamwork skills, particularly in consensus decision-making environments.

  • Flexibility and proven ability to work within and manage a varied weekly schedule

  • Agreement with the school’s Community Pledge, Policies and Procedures Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook.

  • Self-motivated, demonstrated ability to learn in an active working environment

  • Punctuality and reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, or a related field preferred.

  • Experience caring for preschool-aged children

  • Experience working with Waldorf Teaching methods and classroom management, particularly in early grades.

  • Demonstrated skills in sewing, knitting, embroidery, crafting, and/or practical arts

Compensation & Benefits

Hours, Compensation, and Benefits

  • Starting salary is $24K for this position

  • This is a salaried position requiring in-person attendance from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm during the school year August - May. Salary is determined annually with a recommendation by the Faculty and approval of the Board of Trustees.

  • Faculty members are required to attend weekly team meetings, Faculty meetings (Wednesdays from 4:20-5:20), and occasional functions, which may occur on the weekends or after 5:30 pm.

  • See the school calendar for school holiday closings, typically all Federal holidays, plus one week at Thanksgiving and Spring Break, two weeks at Winter Break, and one week each at the start and end of summer programs.

  • 2 weeks paid time off

  • Eligibility for medical and dental insurance benefits

  • Eligible for years of service and Waldorf Education certification bonuses as outlined in the school policies and subject to annual budget approval.

  • Partial tuition remission for dependent children as per the school’s Tuition Remission policy.

  • Professional development opportunities supported through workshops and potential training fund assistance.

About Our School

The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel socially, academically, and civically. 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.

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