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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States


Middle School Main Lesson Support Teacher

Middle School Main Lesson Support Teacher

Beginning: August 26th, 2019

The Ithaca Waldorf School ( is seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic Main Lesson support teacher for Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade students.  Main Lesson is a three-week block of focused daily two-hour lessons. Topics of specialization for these grades include: Botany, Roman History, Medieval History, Astronomy, Chemistry-Combustion, Physics-Light, Color, Sound, Anatomy and Physiology, Geometry, Business Math, Wish, Wonder, Surprise-Writing, Cyber-Civics-Digital Citizenry, Organic Chemistry, Physics-Simple Machines.  Applicants could apply for teaching a single Main Lesson or for the full year.  Experience with Waldorf education is preferred but not required.  Mentorship will be available from a Waldorf certified Lead Grades teacher, who has extensive Waldorf teaching experience.

Accepting applications now through June 14th.  We seek teachers with an understanding of Waldorf education and an abiding interest in the foundational philosophy of the school. We also welcome teachers new to Waldorf education if they have a serious interest in developing themselves as Waldorf teachers. In fall 2019, the Ithaca Waldorf school will extend from Grade One through Eight, and provide three Early Childhood classroom programs.  


  • BA or BS required

  • Waldorf Teaching Certificate preferred

  • Waldorf teaching experience preferred

  • Experience teaching grade school age students

  • Teaching, interpersonal, and student management skills

  • Strong communication and organizational skills

  • Expertise in, and passion for, the subject to be taught

  • Adaptability; ability to change work plan based on needs of particular class  


Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching Sixth, Seventh and/or Eighth Grade students for two hours/day for ten hours total hours per week, over a three-week block for up to the full academic year

  • Guiding Main Lesson Book work

  • Communicating weekly with Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Grade Lead Teacher regarding planning, student progress, management

  • Effectively managing the classroom

  • Assessing student skills/knowledge

  • Maintaining a tidy and age-appropriate environment

  • Developing an understanding of the Waldorf approach to child development

  • Providing written reports for each student, as guided by the Lead Grades 6-8 teacher

  • Communicating with parents throughout the academic block(s)

  • Collaborating and communicating with colleagues

Additional skills/talents preferred:

  • Comfort with music/singing, movement

  • Experience with movement games

  • Capacity for mental math games/skills

  • Ability to draw on multiple mediums (paper, chalkboard)

  • Experience with poetry/speech

Benefits include:

  • Colleagueship with a dynamic Faculty during an exciting time of school expansion

  • Mentorship from a certified Waldorf Lead Grades teacher

  • Commensurate with experience, up to $250/week.

  • Health benefits

  • Partial tuition remission

  • Professional development funds

The independent, not-for-profit Ithaca Waldorf School is authorized by the New York State Department of Education to provide instruction through Grade 8.  A fully-accredited member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), we are currently a developing school with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.  The Ithaca Waldorf School is nestled in the New York Finger Lakes on an 80-acre organic campus composed of field, forest and a biodynamic and educational farm ( Our faculty enjoys a warm collegial relationship and receives support for professional development, tuition remission for enrolled children, and health benefits.

Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, which offer our community a rich cultural life. The city is situated at the foot of beautiful Cayuga Lake, and is a wonderful place to raise a family. (

Applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, three references including most recent school employer, and a brief biography to the IWS Hiring Committee c/o Beth Myers ( by August 2nd.

The Ithaca Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or handicapping conditions in its educational programs or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment that is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position or program to which application has been made.