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Specialty, Grades and High School Teachers
The faculty at Summerfield seeks flexible, robust and young-at-heart Renaissance colleagues who can teach students over a wide range of ages. Though we do not yet know our specific needs for next year’s faculty, we are casting a wide net and hope to gather applications from interested applicants with emphasis in:
- Grades 1-8 Class Teaching
- Practical Arts: woodworking, metalworking, technology
- Fine Arts: drawing, sculpture, stonework
- Music: flute, chorus, strings
Teachers who are skilled in multiple areas are preferred. We especially need expertise in:
- Language Arts
- Movement Arts
At Summerfield, we teach 300 students aged 3-18 on a 38-acre campus which includes a biodynamic farm, nature preserve, circus tent and new Art/Tech facility. We are uniquely poised to find the new forms of education needed to meet today’s children. Having recently renewed our commitment to faculty-led governance, we act in full freedom toward forming a culture of initiative and mutual support of our school’s mission:
“Based on a developmental understanding of the learning process and a view of the child that takes human spirituality seriously, Summerfield Waldorf School offers students a comprehensive learning environment designed to challenge and support them in strengthening their cognitive, emotional and intentional abilities. We strive to support the growth of social awareness and active tolerance and give students the experiential background they need to meet new challenges in a creative and responsible manner.”
The creating of this teaching/learning culture requires bold individuals with passion and courage, an interest in listening to and seeing the other, and a commitment to working collaboratively. Teachers must have demonstrated expertise yet be dedicated to ongoing learning. Do you enjoy working with children through the many phases of their development? Are you willing to be a beginner and commit to the inner work required of a teacher? If this speaks to you and you have expertise in one or more of the above areas, please contact us.
Please email your letter of intention, along with a resume, to Michelle Bovard, Human Resources Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include three references (with phone numbers), at least two of whom have seen you teach.
Physical Requirements for Employees at SWSF:
Summerfield is both a school and farm. Though we do have paved pathways between various buildings, many pathways are unpaved and rough. Some have steep inclines and declines, steps and holes.
Employees must have the ability to:
- Stand and walk on various-density and uneven surfaces for extended periods of time and significant lengths;
- Sit for extended periods of time, both in chairs and on the floor;
- Use a computer for extended periods of time;
- Squat, stoop and/or bend over;
- Reach overhead, grasp, push/pull up to 35 pounds for short distances;
- Lift and carry up to 45 lbs. at waist height for short distances.
About Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm:
Summerfield spans all of childhood, preschool through twelfth grade. Sprawling over 38 acres, we have one of the most extensive Waldorf programs on the continent including a fully operational Biodynamic farm and a vibrant circus program. We make every effort to educate the whole child in practical arts, movement, agriculture, social inclusion, artistic work, and a rich festival life. Our students love coming to school every day as much as their teachers do!
The school (est. 1974) is located in beautiful Sonoma County, just 60 miles north of San Francisco. We enjoy an idyllic Mediterranean climate with spring-time fields of wild flowers, hot summers cooled by ocean fog, rich autumn light on vibrant harvest colors, and wet, green winters. Sonoma County is home to ancient redwood forests, stands of mighty oak, and scenic, rugged coastlines.
Picturesque orchards, vineyards, and dairies abound. Many of our hills and mountains are still truly wild and offer hikers and bikers miles of trails to explore. Sonoma County has also become a haven for food enthusiasts, offering some of the best restaurants and wines in the world. Many local farmers are using organic and Biodynamic methods, with their bounties found in our markets and restaurants. This is the setting our students and families enjoy!
655 Willowside Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401 ph (707) 575-7194 www.summerfieldwaldorf.org