Interested applicants should contact School Administrator Maeve Taylor at (518) 963-7385, or e-mail admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org . To apply, applicants may submit a resumé, three references, letter of intent, and a brief personal bio. Background checks and fingerprinting are mandatory for all Lakeside School staff.


Lakeside School is Seeking....

Lead Sprouts Day Care Teacher

Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm is seeking a Lead Sprouts, Day-Care teacher who is eager to join a dedicated and creatively inspired faculty. We hold working with Waldorf Pedagogy close to our hearts.  Our fourteen-year old early childhood school serves children from birth through age 9.

We are seeking a well-rounded teacher who is joyful, warm, and nurturing with strong interpersonal and communication skills and will create an ideal learning space for the care of our youngest children.  The candidate should display a strong capacity to work collaboratively with the assistants in the program as well as colleagues from the Forest Kindergarten and grades 1-3 program.  We prioritize candidates who have completed their Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training.

Ideal applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Waldorf EC training certificate or commitment to enroll within the first year

  • Some years of experience with Waldorf Education

  • Ability to work well with children

  • Good communication skills

  • Calm, gentle manner

  • Well-organized, efficient

  • Works cooperatively in groups

  • Reliability and punctuality are required

  • Create safe age-appropriate learning environments both inside and outside

  • Proficiency in handwork (knitting, sewing, etc.) preferred

  • Musical ability, especially singing

  • Well versed in computer skills; uses email

  • Takes initiative, willing to work beyond scope of classroom

  • Able to be proactive in the classroom

  • Welcomes feedback and direction

Our Sprouts program is a year-round program for children ages 1 to 4. This is a full time, year-round position. We are certified as a group home day care through the New York Office of Children and Family Services. The Lead Sprouts Teacher will be required to work with the School Administrator to follow all NY State day care regulations and trainings.

Lakeside School is a farm- and forest-based Waldorf school in Essex County, New York that serves families with young children up to third grade.  Situated amidst the Adirondack mountains and the fertile farmland of the Boquet River Valley, our school provides an enriching natural setting for our many programs, including year-round Childcare, a farm- and field-based Kindergarten, and mixed-grade Early Elementary instruction.

Our Vision

At Lakeside School, we strive to meet the needs of the community we serve: our children and their families, our faculty, and our neighbors in the surrounding Adirondack Park. 

Our Children. By encouraging independent exploration in both farmland and wild forest we seek to expand our students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. By fostering compassion and flexible thinking, our students will carry with them confidence and courage as they join the global community. We accomplish this through:

  • exploring the relationships between humans and nature through sustainable farming;

  • emboldening our students to participate in forest exploration;

  • building developmentally appropriate foundations of science, mathematics, language, and arts through Waldorf philosophy; and 

  • providing families with opportunities to nurture their children with a better knowledge of developmentally appropriate expectations.

To apply please email us with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Maeve Taylor, admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org

Waldorf Early Elementary Class Teachers

Waldorf Elementary Program at Lakeside School

Lakeside School offers a dynamic and innovative Waldorf Elementary Program on a working farm for Grades 1 to 3. We are seeking two Waldorf elementary teachers to teach First Grade and a combined Second and Third Grade. While a strong foundation in Waldorf education is a bedrock of Lakeside’s elementary program, the class teachers will have the flexibility to develop new ways of working with the students both inside the school building and on our 213-acres of farm and forest. 


Working with each other and a team of part-time Specialty Teachers, the Class Teachers will provide a well-rounded curriculum for two small classes of students. Course subjects include, but are not limited to, Language Arts, Mathematics, Movement and Games, Art, Handwork, Farming, Foreign Language, Music, Nature Studies, and Social Studies. Most essentially, our program strives to develop a strong community spirit, so that students learn to respect each other, themselves, and nature and to work together in a positive way. Our diverse classroom spaces include an Outdoor Classroom covered shelter, play yard, two indoor classrooms, a 70-acre farm with orchards, gardens, and a barn yard. Our programs also have access to and make daily use of an adjacent forest with trails, hills, streams, ponds, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Our students play and learn outdoors throughout the seasons.


The elementary students serve as peer leaders to our younger students in our Farm and Forest Kindergarten and Sprouts Day Care programs. While the faculty have strong foundations in Anthroposophy, Waldorf Education, and outdoor education, we continually look at ways to build our programs to meet the needs of the children of the North Country.  We work to create a culture of collaboration and initiative.

The Class Teachers’ salaries are based on education and experience, starting at a base of $40,000, and are eligible for 50 percent Tuition Remission for any enrolled children.



Desired Qualifications 

  • Experience teaching early elementary students in an educational setting.

  • Experience teaching in a Waldorf setting.

  • Enrolled in or completed Waldorf training in elementary education or willing to commit to training upon hire.

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher.

  • A collaborative spirit, strong communication skills, and the ability to work through challenges.

  • A respect and love for the outdoors in all seasons and a spirit for adventure.


Position Requirements

  • Work collaboratively with the Grade 1 teacher to develop an innovative elementary program.

  • Teach out of the Waldorf philosophy; design and implement appropriate instructional lessons for the curriculum you are responsible for delivering. This includes using technologies to deliver instruction remotely, as the community deems appropriate, in the event of a prolonged school closure.

  • Oversee the safety of our students, during school hours.

  • Communicate daily and weekly with parents regarding important topics as needed as well as writing reports.

  • Participate in community festivals, events, and meetings, and one Community Work Day a year.

  • Provide 3 to 4 Parent Meetings per year and participate in School Orientation.

  • Work collaboratively as part of a faculty, participating in school-wide decision making, through weekly Faculty-Staff meetings and on Faculty committees.

  • Represent Lakeside School at periodic Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWNSA) meetings alongside the School Administrator.

  • Maintain CPR and First Aid Training.

  • Work at school from 8am to 2:30pm, and additional hours as needed for preparation from school or home.


More About the Area

Lakeside School is located in Essex, NY - the heart of the Champlain Valley in the Adirondack Park of northern New York. The central location leads to easy access to Lake Champlain and the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Essex County provides a unique balance between outdoor adventures in the mountains and on Lake Champlain, and progressive farming and artistic communities. Lakeside faculty and staff live in communities within a 45 minute driving range. When a bigger city is desired, Burlington, VT, Plattsburgh, NY, and Montreal as well as two-time Winter Olympics host Lake Placid, are within driving distance. 


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, a brief biographical sketch, and two professional phone references.  E-mail Maeve at admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org or call (518) 963-7385. Position open until filled.

Farm and Forest Summer Day Camp Lead Teacher

Lakeside School is now accepting applications for our Lead Summer Camp Teacher for the coming weekly day camp. The teacher will be responsible for our eight-week Farm and Forest Camp from June 27 to August 19, Monday through Friday. This decade old Waldorf day camp, for ages 4 to 7, introduces young children to forest and farm adventures in a loving and supportive style. The lead teacher will plan and implement activities and adventures, including hiking, gardening, art and science projects, animal care, cooking, and nature study. We are seeking an individual with outdoor teaching and gardening experience, and a love for taking young children outdoors. Waldorf experience is also a plus. The Lead Teacher will work with an Assistant Teacher to run camp for 9 children each week, from 8:15am to 2:15pm. Position requires training and planning in coordination with Lakeside faculty and staff this spring. Current CPR/First Aid Training is required. Lakeside can cover costs of recertification. Lodging on site provided if needed.


Drawing from the surrounding farms and forest and based on Waldorf education, Lakeside School cultivates the whole child in an evolving ecosystem of independent thinking, community spirit, and stewardship of our natural world. Lakeside School offers dynamic and innovative multi-age school and summer programs on a working farm. The Farm and Forest 8 week Summer Camp offers children ages 4 to 7 an opportunity to experience farm activities with gardens, chickens, and horses and hiking adventures exploring creeks, meadows and forests.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, a brief biographical sketch, and three professional phone references.  E-mail Maeve at admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org or call (518) 963-7385. Position open until filled.

Part-Time Development Director

Lakeside School is seeking an individual with enthusiasm for supporting our growing school through community donor cultivation. We offer year-round early childhood programming for children from birth to third grade, serving over 50 children and their families each year. Lakeside School strives to make our programs accessible to families of all backgrounds through our robust Tuition Assistance program. The school’s budget is dependent on donors and grants to meet our full operating costs. In addition, our long-term plan includes raising faculty and staff salaries in the coming years and working with our Board and Administrative team to increase income through both tuition and development efforts. The Development Director oversees, implements, and strategizes all aspects of development for the school, including annual campaigns, donor relations, and grant writing, in close collaboration with the School Administrator and the Fundraising Committee. Development goals include raising between $70,000 to $100,000+ annually through a combination of grant and fundraising activities.


Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated experience writing grants and conducting fundraising activities.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Exceptional interpersonal, time management, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work as a team member

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience using social media and online platforms for fundraising

  • Appreciation for Waldorf and outdoor education

  • Ability to connect with community members and organizations across a wide spectrum of backgrounds and interests.


Job Responsibilities

  • Write grants and search for new grant opportunities

  • Write thank you letters for grants and donations

  • Work with the volunteer Fundraising Committee to coordinate annual appeal and spring fundraiser

  • Organize and conduct “Big Asks” with potential donors

  • Organize and update File Maker Pro Database system for donors and alumni families

  • Create Social Media/Marketing Campaigns to develop a broader audience, generate leads, and increase awareness of Lakeside’s mission in our community.

  • Meet with the Administrator once a week to coordinate activities and information needs

  • Attend Board meetings quarterly

  • Work on-site at Lakeside School at least half-time, working approximately 20 to 30 hours a week total.


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, a brief biographical sketch, and three professional phone references.  E-mail Maeve at admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org or call (518) 963-7385. Position open until filled.

Substitute Teachers
Lakeside School is always seeking individuals who love children to sub when our faculty is sick or away. No teaching credentials necessary but experience with children is a plus. Applicants must pass a fingerprinting background check.

Lakeside School's Mission Statement 

Lakeside School's Vision Statement

We are a ferry ride away from the vibrant city of Burlington, VT and a short drive to the Adirondack High Peaks and Lake Placid.  There are ample opportunities for outdoor activities year round and a growing cultural scene.  There is a burgeoning local agriculture community with ample opportunities for local and organic food.  


For more information, please call the School Administrator at 518.963.7385. 

Please email us with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Maeve Taylor at admin@lakesideschoolinessex.org