EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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Lakeside School is Seeking....

Assistant Teachers for Early Childhood Outdoor Programs

Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm is seeking Assistant Teachers for our early childhood outdoor based programs. Lakeside School offers two early childhood programs, Sprouts Day Care for 1 to 3 year olds and Farm and Forest Kindergarten for children ages almost 4 to 6.  Both programs nurture children’s bodies and minds through exploration of our 70 acre farm and surrounding forest.

In our Pre-K/Kindergarten class, every day is an Outside Day. The children hike to a different outdoor ecosystem each day of the week and experience first-hand the wonders of the natural world and its many cycles. In their forest classroom, the children's imaginations are inspired by huge trees, fallen logs, mossy boulders, and winding creeks. While exploring their imaginations, the children also build outdoor skills and become comfortable with the seasonal North Country climate.

The Sprouts child care program provides a predictable and steady rhythm in a home-like environment. Children have ample opportunities to experience safely structured independence and movement, primarily through outdoor play, animal care and farm exploration. The dynamic and sometimes rugged terrain allow little ones to develop a strong and healthy will, problem solving skills, spatial awareness and a blooming sense of life. In addition, the multi-age experience afforded by our connections with teachers and children in other classes at Lakeside add dimensions of community and caring for our little ones. 

The Assistants in both programs will work with our Lead Teachers and other Assistants to provide a program using Waldorf early childhood methods. The Assistants will support the Lead teachers in implementing curriculum, preparation of snacks, care and safety of the children including preparing the outdoor environment, clean up, and other organizational tasks.

 

We are looking for individuals who are experienced in caring for young children, comfortable with leading children in outdoor adventures, have a background or an interest in learning more about Waldorf education, and who are responsible and caring individuals.

 

While the faculty has 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 Assistant Teachers are paid an hourly rate of $14.42, work a schedule of 27 to 36 hours a week, and are eligible for 50 percent Tuition Remission.

 

 

Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm, Mission Statement

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. 

 

 

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 (in Canada) 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. Positions open until filled.

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.

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