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Welcome to the Hiring Process at Under the Canopy School!

We're thrilled that you're interested in joining our community of dedicated educators. At UTCS, we are committed to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative environment where all members can thrive professionally and personally.

Openings at UTCS

2024

Part Time Community Engagement Specialist

Instructional Leader

Operations Manager

2025

Office Manager

PreK & K Teachers

Grades Teachers for Classes 1st-3rd

Teacher's Aides (2 positions)

Special Education Teacher

Nature & Garden Instructor

Music Instructor

Movement and Games Instructor

Handwork Instructor

Please scroll down for full job descriptions and position opening dates.

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Read Through Our Hiring Process

Job Opportunities: Read below for a description of the different positions we are hiring for. We regularly update this page with new opportunities, so be sure to check back frequently! Application Submission: When a position opens, the online application will be available on our portal below. When you find a position that aligns with your skills, experience, and career goals, submit your application. Be sure to include your resume, cover letter, and any other required documents. Initial Screening: Our hiring team will review all applications to assess candidates' qualifications and experiences. We will conduct initial screenings to narrow down the pool of applicants. Interviews: Selected candidates will be invited to participate in interviews with members of our hiring team. Depending on the position, interviews may include one or more rounds of interviews with administrators, faculty members, and other stakeholders. Reference Checks: We'll contact the references provided by candidates to gather feedback on their professional qualifications, work ethic, and suitability for the position. Background Checks: Candidates who are being considered for employment will undergo background checks, including criminal background checks and verification of educational credentials. Decision Making: Based on interviews, reference checks, and other relevant factors, our hiring team will make a decision regarding the selection of the most qualified candidate for the position. Offer and Negotiation: The chosen candidate will be extended a job offer, which includes details such as salary, benefits, start date, and any other relevant terms of employment. Negotiations may take place to finalize the terms of the offer. Onboarding: Once the candidate accepts the job offer, they will complete any necessary paperwork and undergo orientation and onboarding processes to familiarize themselves with our school's policies, procedures, and culture. Integration: The new hire will begin their role at our school, integrating into their department or team and contributing to the mission and goals of UTCS.

We're excited to get to know you better and explore how your skills and experiences can contribute to our vibrant learning community. If you have any questions about our hiring process or available positions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Head of School at info@underthecanopy.org.

Thank you for considering a career at UTCS! We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

FAQs for Potential Staff

What are the requirements for hiring? All teachers hired at UTCS are strongly encouraged to be certified to teach in Oklahoma. If a qualified and interested individual has a bachelor’s degree and promise as a Waldorf teacher or a certification from another state, s/he may be hired to teach at UTCS if s/he can guarantee that a plan for being fully state-certified within three years of the hiring date will be worked out with the State of Oklahoma through the Alternative Route to Licensure Process and if the plan is being actively pursued during the intervening years. All specialty teachers who will be working with students without the direct supervision of a certified class teacher or administrator, must also have a bachelor’s degree or higher and be working toward state certification. All teachers will also be expected to have a plan in place to obtain Waldorf certification and be making consistent progress towards that objective during their time teaching at UTCS. Preference in hiring will be given to teachers with Waldorf certification and/or teaching experience. Pay differentials will also reward teachers for these credentials.

What types of teachers are needed at UTCS? Because the quality of teaching is the key to the Waldorf approach, UTCS expects to hire the most engaged and committed teachers. Teachers will be sought to teach in classrooms from PreK through third grade in year one. In addition, specialty teachers will be hired in physical education/games, music and nature/garden education. Part-time teachers and artisans may also be hired to teach handwork, woodworking and Spanish.

What if I am not a Waldorf-certified teacher? UTCS recognizes that it is unlikely that the majority of teachers will be Waldorf-certified in the first year. However, it is expected that all teachers hired at UTCS begin a training program with the school to obtain Waldorf certification. During the initial years of training, many supports will be provided to teachers including: professional development and workshops, the mentoring of an experienced Waldorf teacher who will serve as Instructional Leader, and other pre-service training programs.

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Qualifications

UTCS teachers:  ​Have received at least a bachelor’s degree at an approved higher education institution  Hold an appropriate license with all required endorsements as approved by the OSDE or be on track to complete an alternative licensure within 3 years of hiring  Demonstrate commitment to completing Waldorf teacher training within 4 years of hiring or have received a certificate in Waldorf education or have experience as a teacher in a Waldorf school. Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission, pedagogy and methods of UTCS Waldorf- inspired education. Possess a clear and demonstrable love and reverence for the children to be taught  Be culturally responsive by  recognizing, respecting, and valuing the diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences of students, and incorporating culturally relevant content, perspectives, and teaching practices to create an inclusive learning environment. Have experience in teaching, with an ability to demonstrate excellence in the integration of arts, movement, and project-based learning into the classroom  Be able to differentiate instruction based on the needs of students Understand how to use formative and summative assessments to inform teaching practice  Have excellent communication skills and an ability to work well with colleagues, administration, and parents  Seek continual learning and self-development.

Equal Employment Opportunity

UTCS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

Positions

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Part Time Community Engagement Specialist

One year position

30 hrs a week

July 2024-July 2025

Opportunity for movement to a different position within the school

As a part-time Community Engagement Specialist for UTCS, you will play a vital role in building connections, fostering relationships, and engaging the broader community to support the school's mission and growth.

 

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Community Outreach: Develop and implement strategies to engage with local communities, organizations, businesses, and families to raise awareness about UTCS and its unique educational offerings. Plan a calendar of community events and attend with volunteers the events, fairs, and meetings to promote the school, distribute informational materials, and network with potential stakeholders and partners. Parent Engagement: Cultivate relationships with parents and families who may be interested in enrolling their children in the school. Organize informational sessions and starting in summer of 2025 tours and open houses to showcase the school's educational philosophy, curriculum, and values. Partnership Development: Identify and forge partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, and cultural entities to collaborate on initiatives, programs, and resources that benefit the school and its students. Explore potential collaborations for extracurricular activities, field trips, guest speakers, fundraising events, and volunteer opportunities to enrich the school's educational program and expand its reach within the community. Marketing and Communications: Assist in developing marketing materials, social media content, and website updates to promote the school's brand, mission, and events. Engage with stakeholders through newsletters, email campaigns, and other communication channels to keep them informed and involved. Coordinate with the school's marketing team or external vendors to execute marketing campaigns, advertising efforts, and public relations initiatives that generate interest and support for the school. Event Planning and Coordination: Plan and organize community events, workshops, and informational sessions to engage prospective families, educators, and community members in collaboration with administrative staff. Coordinate logistics, secure venues, recruit speakers, and manage event promotion to ensure successful outcomes. Collaborate with school administration, volunteers, and partners to facilitate events that showcase the school's educational philosophy, curriculum, and values, fostering a sense of belonging and enthusiasm among attendees. Feedback Collection and Evaluation: Gather feedback and input from stakeholders, including parents, students, staff, and community members, to assess needs, preferences, and areas for improvement. Use survey tools, focus groups, and interviews to solicit feedback and evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement efforts. Analyze data, identify trends, and make recommendations for adjustments or enhancements to community engagement strategies and initiatives based on feedback and evaluation findings. Administrative Support: Provide administrative support to the school's leadership team, including scheduling meetings, maintaining contact lists, preparing reports, and managing correspondence related to community engagement activities. Assist in tracking metrics, monitoring budgets, and documenting outcomes to measure the impact of community engagement efforts and inform decision-making processes.

Additional Information: Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, education, or related field preferred. Previous experience in community engagement, outreach, or marketing, preferably in an educational or nonprofit setting. Knowledge and contacts in the local Tulsa community and a willingness to engage with the diverse population. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with proficiency in digital communication tools and platforms. Creativity, initiative, and problem-solving skills to develop innovative strategies for community engagement. Commitment to the mission and values of UTCS and the principles of Waldorf education. Working Conditions: This position operates in a hybrid environment, including office work and community outreach activities. Hours may vary depending on the school's needs and events, with some evenings and weekends required for community events and meetings. Physical requirements include standing, walking, and occasional lifting of event materials. Salary schedule: · 12 month position, 30 hours per week. Hiring Range: · $28,000 to $30,000 annually dependent on experience and education.

Overall, as a part-time Community Engagement Specialist for UTCS, you will serve as a passionate advocate for the school's mission and values, leveraging your communication skills, creativity, and strategic thinking to build meaningful connections, foster collaboration, and cultivate a vibrant and supportive community around the school.

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Start | Summer 2024

Instructional Leader

At UTCS the Instructional leader is responsible for overseeing the educational program, curriculum development, teacher professional development, and the overall implementation of Waldorf education principles with the help and guidance of the Head of School.

 

UTCS is in the unique position of having a full planning year!

The Instructional Leader in the planning year of UTCS startup, will play a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the school's success. The Instructional Leader responsibilities during this crucial phase will encompass various aspects of educational leadership, strategic planning, and organizational development. They will collaborate closely with the founding team to shape the vision, mission, and educational philosophy of the Public Waldorf school, ensuring alignment with the needs of the community and educational best practices.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Instructional Leader in the planning year, summer 2024 duties will include: Curriculum Development: · Leading the design and development of UTCS curriculum, ensuring alignment with state standards, educational research, and UTCS mission and vision. They will oversee the creation of scope and sequence documents, block plans, and instructional materials that promote student engagement, critical thinking, and holistic development. Instructional Planning: · Working with the Head of School to develop instructional strategies, assessment practices, and differentiated instruction approaches that meet the diverse needs of students. They will provide guidance on instructional methodologies and classroom management techniques. Staff Recruitment and Development: · Participating in the hiring process for teachers and staff, identifying candidates who align with the school's values and educational philosophy. They will provide ongoing support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to empower educators to excel in their roles and contribute to UTCS success. Community Engagement: · Building relationships with parents, community members, and stakeholders to garner support for UTCS and foster a sense of belonging and ownership. They will help organize community events, informational sessions, and outreach activities to promote the school's mission and attract prospective students and families. Facility and Resource Planning: · Collaborating with the operations manager to secure suitable facilities, instructional materials, and resources needed for UTCS launch. They will help oversee the procurement process and ensure that the physical environment supports UTCS educational goals and values. Regulatory Compliance: · Ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations governing education, including licensing requirements, accreditation standards, and health and safety protocols. They will work closely with legal counsel, regulatory agencies, and governing bodies to navigate legal and regulatory issues and maintain accountability. Throughout the planning year, their leadership, vision, and strategic thinking will be instrumental in shaping the school's culture, identity, and academic program. By fostering collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to excellence, they will set the stage for a successful launch and establish a strong foundation for UTCS long-term growth and impact.

Instructional Leader in Year One, fall 2025 duties will include: Curriculum Development and Implementation: The Instructional Leader plays a central role in developing and refining the school's curriculum, ensuring alignment with Waldorf education principles, state standards, and the needs of the student body. They collaborate with teachers, administrators, and curriculum committees to design a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum that integrates academics, arts, movement, and practical skills across all grade levels. Assessment and Progress Monitoring: · The Instructional Leader supports teachers in developing and implementing robust evaluation and progress monitoring of students. Teacher Support and Professional Development: The Instructional Leader provides guidance, mentorship, and support to teachers to enhance their understanding and implementation of Waldorf education methods and practices. They organize professional development opportunities, workshops, and training sessions to help teachers deepen their knowledge of Waldorf pedagogy, curriculum planning integrating the Oklahoma state standards, authentic assessment and progress monitoring, classroom management, and child development. Observation and Evaluation: The Instructional Leader conducts regular classroom observations and evaluations to assess teaching practices, student engagement, and curriculum implementation. They provide constructive feedback, coaching, and support to teachers to help them continuously improve their teaching effectiveness and student outcomes. Curriculum Coordination and Integration: The Instructional Leader collaborates with subject-area coordinators and grade-level teams to ensure coherence, continuity, and integration across the curriculum. They facilitate interdisciplinary projects, thematic units, and collaborative planning sessions that connect different subject areas and promote holistic learning experiences for students. Parent and Community Engagement: The Instructional Leader fosters strong partnerships with parents and the broader community to support students' educational journey. They organize parent education events, workshops, and informational sessions to help families understand Waldorf education principles, curriculum objectives, and their role in supporting their child's learning at home. Educational Research and Innovation: The Instructional Leader stays informed about current trends, research, and best practices in education, particularly within the context of Waldorf education as well as changes in Oklahoma state standards and/or requirements added/deleted because of legislative action. They lead initiatives to innovate and enhance the school's educational program, integrating new technologies, methodologies, and instructional approaches to meet the evolving needs of students and the broader educational landscape. School Leadership and Administration: The Instructional Leader collaborates with school administrators, board members, and other stakeholders to provide leadership and vision for the school community. They participate in strategic planning, policy development, and decision-making processes to ensure the school's mission, values, and educational goals are upheld. Cultural Responsiveness: The Instructional Leader promotes cultural responsiveness within the school community, advocating for inclusive practices that honor and celebrate the diversity of students' backgrounds, identities, and experiences. They support initiatives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where all students feel valued, respected, and supported in their learning journey. In essence, the Instructional Leader at UTCS plays a multifaceted role in shaping the educational vision, fostering teacher growth, supporting student success, and promoting a culture of collaboration and innovation with the Head of School and within the school community.

Additional Information: Qualifications: ·  Bachelor’s degree in child development or elementary education. Oklahoma standard teaching certificate is preferred. Experience in coaching and expertise in innovative education models. Preference given to individuals with experience and/or training in Waldorf education, restorative practices and serving at risk and culturally diverse children. Salary schedule: ·  12 month Instructor, 40-50 hours per week. Hiring Range: ·  $58,500 to $62,00 annually dependent on experience and education. Benefits: ·  Employee Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Sick Leave, Vacation, Personal Leave, Pension Plan and 25 paid holidays

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager at UTCS plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of the school's administrative, logistical, and operational systems.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Facilities Management: The Operations Manager oversees the maintenance, upkeep, and safety of the school's facilities, including buildings, grounds, and equipment. They coordinate with maintenance staff, custodians, and contractors to address repairs, renovations, and maintenance tasks, ensuring that the physical environment is conducive to learning and meets regulatory requirements. In the planning year this will be overseeing the preparation for the fall 2025 opening of the school building. Budgeting and Financial Management: The Operations Manager manages the school's budget, financial planning, and expenditure tracking in collaboration with the school's leadership team and external treasurer. In the beginning of the position, they will work closely with financial consultants in order to build capacity. They will also serve as the encumbrance clerk and be responsible for meeting and maintaining up to date state required training. They will manage an annual budget developed by the school leader and school board, monitor spending, and analyze financial data to ensure fiscal responsibility and alignment with strategic priorities. Human Resources and Personnel Management: The Operations Manager manages human resources functions, including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, payroll administration, benefits management, and compliance with employment laws and regulations. They serve as the first touch point and resource for staff inquiries, they help with the paperwork for performance evaluations, and support the other administrators in leading professional development. Technology Infrastructure: The Operations Manager manages the school's technology infrastructure, including computer systems, networks, student information systems, software applications, and instructional technology resources. They collaborate with IT staff or external vendors to maintain and upgrade technology systems, troubleshoot technical issues, and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Health and Safety Compliance: The Operations Manager ensures compliance with health, safety, and regulatory requirements governing school operations. They develop and implement policies, procedures, and protocols to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, including emergency preparedness plans and risk management strategies. Transportation and Logistics: The Operations Manager coordinates transportation services for students, including buses for field trips and special education, schedules, and driver supervision and training. They liaise with transportation providers, monitor service quality, and address any issues or concerns related to student transportation including compliance with all requirements, training and inspection. Supply Chain Management: The Operations Manager oversees procurement by ensuring the procurement system and requirements are being followed. This includes inventory management, and supply chain operations to secure the availability of resources, materials, and supplies necessary for the school's educational programs and operations. They negotiate contracts with vendors, track inventory levels, and optimize purchasing processes to minimize costs and maximize efficiency. Events and Celebration Planning and Coordination: The Operations Manager organizes and coordinates school events, meetings, and celebrations, including parent-teacher conferences, community gatherings, fundraisers, and extracurricular programs. They manage event logistics, coordinate with staff and volunteers, and ensure that events run smoothly and are aligned with the school's mission and values. Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement: The Operations Manager serves as a point of contact for parents, students, staff, and external stakeholders regarding operational matters. They communicate regularly with the school community, respond to inquiries and concerns, and foster positive relationships to support the school's mission and objectives.

Additional Information: Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in business administration, operations management, education, or related field. - Previous experience in operations management, facilities management, or related role, preferably in an educational setting. - Experience in finance and financial planning and organization. - Strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively. - Knowledge of safety regulations, emergency preparedness, and risk management practices. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders. - Proficiency in Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint.) - Commitment to the mission and values of UTCS and the principles of Waldorf education. - Willingness to learn and be trained in the Waldorf philosophy. Working Conditions: - This position operates in a school and office environment. - Regular hours may include evenings and weekends during peak periods or special events. - Physical requirements include sitting, standing, walking, and lifting up to 50 pounds. Salary schedule: · 12 month Position, 40-50 hours per week. Hiring Range: · $50,500 to $52,000 annually dependent on experience and education. Benefits: · Employee Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Sick Leave, Vacation, Personal Leave, Pension Plan and paid holidays.

In essence, the Operations Manager at UTCS plays a critical role in managing the logistical, and operational aspects of the school, ensuring that resources are effectively utilized, policies are implemented, and the school community is supported in achieving its educational goals.

Positions

Open March 2025
Contracts Begin July 2025

Office Manager

The Office Manager at UTCS plays a pivotal role in maintaining the smooth functioning of administrative operations within the school. This individual serves as the primary point of contact for parents, students, staff, and external stakeholders, ensuring effective communication and coordination. The Office Manager oversees various administrative tasks, manages office logistics, and provides support to the school administration as needed.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Administrative Support: Manage daily administrative tasks, including answering phone calls, responding to emails, and handling inquiries from parents, students, and staff. Maintain accurate student records, including enrollment, attendance, and academic records. Assist in the preparation and distribution of school correspondence, newsletters, and announcements. Coordinate meetings, appointments, and events for school staff and stakeholders. Office Management: Maintain a clean and organized office environment, ensuring efficient utilization of space and resources. Order office supplies and equipment as needed, keeping track of inventory and managing budgets. Oversee the operation of office equipment such as computers, printers, and copiers, coordinating repairs and maintenance when necessary. Financial Administration: Assist in financial record-keeping, including processing invoices, tracking expenses, and reconciling accounts. Collect and process payments for school fees, field trips, and other expenses, maintaining accurate financial records. Support the school administration in budget planning and financial reporting. Student Support: Greet visitors and provide assistance to parents, students, and guests as needed. Assist with student registration, enrollment, and withdrawal processes. Coordinate with teachers and staff to ensure students' needs are met and address any concerns or issues promptly. Communication and Collaboration: Serve as a liaison between school administration, faculty, parents, and community members, facilitating effective communication and collaboration. Collaborate with teachers, staff, and volunteers to support school events, fundraisers, and initiatives. Foster a positive and inclusive school culture by promoting open communication and teamwork.

Additional Information: Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience. - Previous experience in office administration or related field, preferably in an educational setting. - Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize workload effectively. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a friendly and professional demeanor. - Proficiency in Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint.) - Familiarity with Waldorf education principles and philosophy is a plus and willingness to learn and be trained. - Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion. - Flexibility and adaptability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Working Conditions: - This position operates in a school office environment. - Regular hours may include evenings and weekends during peak periods or special events. - Physical requirements include sitting, standing, walking, and lifting up to 30 pounds.

PreK & K Teachers

At UTCS we believe early childhood is a unique time in education and should be fostered in an environment of holistic development, creative play, and nurturing the imagination. Our early childhood program lasts for two years and though our students will learn English language arts and mathematics  skills during that time, the focus is on preparing the mind and body for more formal academic learning that begins in 1st grade. A Waldorf pre-K/kindergarten teacher embodies a unique blend of nurturing caregiver, creative facilitator, and educational guide.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Warm and Nurturing Presence: A UTCS Waldorf pre-kindergarten/ kindergarten teacher radiates warmth, kindness, and compassion. They create a welcoming and nurturing environment where young children feel safe, secure, and loved. Their presence is reassuring and supportive, fostering a sense of trust and connection among their students. Creative and Imaginative Facilitator: Creativity is at the heart of Waldorf education, and the pre-K/ kindergarten teacher plays a vital role in nurturing children's imaginative capacities. They design a rich and stimulating environment filled with natural materials, handmade toys, and open-ended play materials that inspire children's creativity and imagination. Through storytelling, puppetry, songs, and artistic activities, they engage children in magical and imaginative worlds that ignite their curiosity and wonder. Respectful Observer and Guide: A UTCS Waldorf pre-K/ kindergarten teacher deeply respects the developmental stages of young children and acts as a keen observer of their individual needs, interests, and abilities. They provide gentle guidance and support as children explore and discover the world around them, allowing for ample opportunities for self-directed play, exploration, and learning. With patience and attentiveness, they guide children through daily routines and activities, fostering independence, confidence, and self-expression. Holistic Educator: A UTCS Waldorf pre-K/ kindergarten teachers recognize the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit in early childhood development. They provide a holistic education that addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of each child. Through rhythmic activities, outdoor play, gardening, and practical tasks, they support children's physical development and sense of well-being. They also cultivate a sense of wonder and reverence for nature, fostering a deep connection to the natural world. Collaborative Partner with Parents: A UTCS Waldorf pre-K/ kindergarten teachers work in partnership with parents to support the growth and development of each child. They maintain open and ongoing communication with parents, sharing insights, observations, and progress reports. They also provide resources, guidance, and support to parents, helping them understand and appreciate the unique qualities and developmental journey of their child. Lifelong Learner and Reflective Practitioner: A UTCS Waldorf pre-K & kindergarten teacher is committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. They engage in continuous self-reflection, study, and professional growth, deepening their understanding of child development, Waldorf pedagogy, and best practices in early childhood education. They seek out opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and peer learning, enriching their practice and enhancing their ability to support children's growth and learning.

Qualifications: Please reference listed qualifications above.

In essence, a UTCS Waldorf kindergarten teacher embodies a profound dedication to nurturing the whole child - body, mind, and spirit - and creating a joyful, imaginative, and enriching educational experience that lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. They ensure student learning and growth through the use of formative and summative assessments and, based on their observations, adjust their teaching to provide additional resources as needed.

Grades Teachers for Classes 1st-3rd

A grades teacher at UTCS plays a pivotal role in guiding students through their academic, social, and emotional development during their elementary school years.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Comprehensive Curriculum: A UTCS Waldorf grades teacher implements a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates academic subjects with artistic, practical, and experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum is designed to engage students' intellect, creativity, and imagination while fostering a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of various subjects. Main Lesson Blocks: The grades teacher organizes the academic year into main lesson blocks, typically lasting several weeks, focusing on one theme/ overarching topic at a time. These blocks may cover subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, and the arts. Each block begins with an immersive and experiential introduction, followed by a deep exploration of the theme/topic through storytelling, hands-on activities, artistic expression, and academic inquiry. Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Methods: Grades teachers are trained to use developmentally appropriate teaching methods and authentic assessment/ progress monitoring strategies that honor each child's unique stage of development. They recognize that children learn best through active engagement, hands-on experiences, and meaningful connections to the world around them. Teachers adapt their teaching approach to meet the diverse learning needs and styles of their students, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Artistic Expression and Creativity: Artistic expression is woven throughout the curriculum at UTCS. Grades teachers incorporate storytelling, drama, music, movement, painting, drawing, and handwork into their lessons to engage students' imagination and creativity. These artistic activities not only enhance academic learning but also support students' emotional expression, cognitive development, and aesthetic sensibilities. Emphasis on Nature and Outdoor Education: UTCS places a strong emphasis on connecting students with the natural world. Grades teachers integrate outdoor education, nature walks, gardening, and environmental stewardship into their curriculum to deepen students' connection to the earth, foster a sense of wonder and reverence for nature, and promote environmental awareness and sustainability. Social and Emotional Development: Grades teachers at UTCS recognize the importance of supporting students' social and emotional development alongside academic learning. They create a caring and supportive classroom community where students feel valued, respected, and empowered to express themselves authentically. Teachers facilitate conflict resolution, collaboration, empathy, and mindfulness practices to nurture students' social skills, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Collaboration with Parents: UTCS grades teachers maintain open and ongoing communication with parents, collaborating with them as partners in their child's education. They provide regular updates on students' progress, share insights and observations, and offer support and resources to parents to help them support their child's learning and development at home.

Qualifications: Please reference listed qualifications above.

In essence, a grades teacher at UTCS is dedicated to providing a holistic, experiential, and artistic education that fosters students' intellectual, creative, social, and emotional growth, preparing them to become engaged, compassionate, and lifelong learners. They ensure student learning and growth through the use of formative and summative assessments and, based on their observations, adjust their teaching to provide additional resources as needed. They will use the NWEA MAP assessment to track student growth in learning and will prepare and provide instruction for the Oklahoma State Testing Program starting in 3rd grade.

Teacher's Aide (two openings in year one)

The Teacher's Aide at UTCS plays a vital role in supporting the educational and developmental needs of students in the classroom. This position provides assistance to the lead teacher in implementing the Waldorf curriculum, fostering a nurturing learning environment, and supporting the holistic growth of each child. The Teacher's Aide collaborates closely with the lead teacher, faculty, and staff to ensure the success and well-being of students.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Classroom Support: Assist the lead teacher in preparing and organizing classroom materials, supplies, and resources for daily lessons and activities. Support classroom management and behavior guidance, helping to create a peaceful and respectful learning environment. Provide one-on-one or small group support to students, as directed by the lead teacher, to reinforce learning concepts and facilitate student engagement. Curriculum Implementation: Assist in the implementation of the Waldorf curriculum, including arts-integrated lessons, storytelling, movement activities, and outdoor experiences. Support the lead teacher in planning and executing age-appropriate lessons and activities that align with Waldorf educational principles and the developmental needs of students. Help create and maintain a supportive and enriching learning environment that fosters creativity, imagination, and social-emotional growth. Student Care and Support: Provide nurturing care and support to students, attending to their physical, emotional, and social needs throughout the school day. Foster positive relationships with students, building trust, rapport, and a sense of belonging within the classroom community. Assist students with daily routines, transitions, and personal care tasks, as needed, while promoting independence and self-confidence. Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate effectively with the lead teacher, faculty, and staff to meet the diverse needs of students and create a cohesive learning environment. Communicate regularly with the lead teacher regarding student progress, concerns, and achievements, providing feedback and insights as appropriate. Establish positive communication with parents and caregivers, sharing updates, insights, and observations about student learning and development.

Qualifications: - High school diploma or equivalent required; some college coursework or relevant training preferred. - Previous experience working with children in an educational or childcare setting is preferred. - Familiarity with Waldorf educational principles and philosophy is a plus. - Willingness to learn and be trained in the Waldorf philosophy. - Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and connect with students, colleagues, and parents. - Patience, empathy, and a nurturing demeanor with a genuine passion for supporting children's growth and development. - Ability to follow directions, take initiative, and work collaboratively as part of a team. - Flexibility and adaptability to meet the changing needs of students and the classroom environment. - Commitment to the mission and values of UTCS and the principles of Waldorf education. Working Conditions: - This position operates primarily in a classroom setting within and around the school. - Hours may vary depending on the school's schedule and needs, with opportunities for part-time or full-time employment. - Physical requirements include sitting, standing, bending, lifting, and interacting with children throughout the day.

In essence, a Teacher's Aide provides support to the lead teacher in the classroom to ensure the smooth functioning of educational activities and to meet the diverse needs of students. Overall, their role is to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning in the classroom.

Special Education Teacher

A UTCS special education teacher combines the principles of Waldorf education with specialized support and intervention strategies to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities or learning differences.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Inclusive Environment: The special education teacher at UTCS fosters an inclusive and supportive environment where all students, including those with disabilities or learning differences, feel valued, respected, and included. They work collaboratively with classroom teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents to create a learning community that celebrates differences and promotes access for all. Individualized Support Plans: The special education teacher develops and implements individualized education plans (IEPs) or personalized learning plans (PLPs) for students with disabilities or learning differences. These plans are tailored to each student's unique strengths, needs, and goals, and may include accommodations, modifications, specialized instruction, and support services to help students access the curriculum and make progress towards their educational objectives. Differentiated Instruction: Drawing from the principles of Waldorf education, the special education teacher uses a variety of instructional strategies and modalities to meet the diverse learning needs and styles of students with disabilities. They adapt and differentiate instruction to provide multiple entry points, scaffolding, and supports for students to engage with the curriculum and demonstrate their understanding. Sensory-Friendly Environment: The special education teacher creates a sensory-friendly classroom environment that accommodates the sensory needs of students with disabilities, such as sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They provide sensory supports, visual cues, fidget tools, quiet spaces, and other accommodations to help students regulate their sensory experiences and optimize their learning. Collaborative Service Delivery: The special education teacher collaborates closely with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and behavior specialists, to provide comprehensive support and services to students with disabilities. They coordinate and facilitate team meetings, assessments, and interventions to address students' academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Social-Emotional Support: Recognizing the importance of social-emotional development, the special education teacher provides social skills instruction, emotional regulation strategies, and positive behavior supports to help students with disabilities build self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social competence. They create opportunities for peer interactions, cooperative learning, and inclusive activities that promote a sense of belonging and community. Family Engagement: The special education teacher cultivates strong partnerships with families, engaging parents as active participants in their child's education and advocacy. They provide ongoing communication, support, and resources to parents, empowering them to collaborate in the development and implementation of their child's individualized support plan and to support their child's learning and development at home.

Qualifications: Please reference listed qualifications above.

In essence, a UTCS special education teacher integrates the principles of Waldorf education with specialized support and intervention strategies to create an inclusive, supportive, and engaging learning environment that empowers students with disabilities or learning differences to reach their full potential and thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Specialty Classes Teachers

Nature & Garden Instructor

The Outdoor Education and Gardener position at UTCS is a vital role that embodies the school's commitment to connecting students with nature, fostering environmental stewardship, and providing hands-on learning experiences in outdoor settings.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Outdoor Education Facilitator: The Outdoor Education and Gardener takes on the responsibility of facilitating outdoor learning experiences for students across various grade levels. They design and implement outdoor education programs that align with the Waldorf curriculum and educational objectives, integrating academic subjects with hands-on experiences in nature. They lead nature walks, outdoor exploration activities, and environmental studies that deepen students' understanding of the natural world, ecology, and sustainability. These activities may include birdwatching, plant identification, nature journaling, and wilderness survival skills. Gardening and Horticulture Expertise: As the school gardener, this individual oversees the planning, maintenance, and cultivation of the school garden or outdoor learning spaces. They have expertise in organic gardening, permaculture principles, and sustainable horticulture practices including biodynamics. They work collaboratively with teachers to integrate gardening activities into the curriculum, providing opportunities for students to participate in planting, tending, and harvesting crops. Gardening activities may include planting seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers, and native plants, composting, soil preparation, and garden maintenance. Outdoor Classroom Management: The Outdoor Education and Gardener manages the nature learning lab and garden, ensuring it is safe, accessible, and conducive to learning. They organize outdoor seating areas, learning stations, and natural play spaces that inspire curiosity, exploration, and creativity. They oversee the upkeep of outdoor facilities, such as trails, outdoor shelters, and nature observation areas, and coordinate with maintenance staff or volunteers as needed to address any maintenance or safety concerns. Environmental Education and Sustainability Initiatives: The Outdoor Education and Gardener promotes environmental awareness and sustainability initiatives within the school community. They lead educational workshops, presentations, and community events that raise awareness about environmental issues, conservation practices, and sustainable living. They collaborate with teachers, students, and parents to implement eco-friendly initiatives such as recycling programs, energy conservation measures, waste reduction efforts, and school-wide sustainability projects. Community Engagement and Outreach: The Outdoor Education and Gardener engages with the broader community, forging partnerships with local environmental organizations, community gardens, parks, and nature centers. They organize field trips, service-learning projects, and volunteer opportunities that connect students with community-based environmental initiatives and outdoor learning opportunities. They serve as a resource and advocate for outdoor education and environmental stewardship, promoting the importance of nature-based learning and ecological literacy in education.

In essence, the Outdoor Education and Gardener position at UTCS  plays a vital role in nurturing students' connection to nature, fostering environmental consciousness, and providing transformative outdoor learning experiences that support their holistic development as individuals and stewards of the Earth.

Music Instructor

A music teacher at UTCS plays a crucial role in fostering a deep appreciation for music, developing students' musical talents, and integrating music into the holistic educational experience.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Comprehensive Music Education: The music teacher provides a comprehensive music education program that encompasses a wide range of musical genres, styles, and traditions. They introduce students to diverse musical instruments, vocal techniques, music theory, notation, composition, and improvisation, catering to the developmental needs and interests of students at different grade levels. Singing and Choral Instruction: Singing holds a central place in Waldorf education, and the music teacher leads students in singing exercises, choral rehearsals, and vocal training sessions. They cultivate a love for singing and choral music, guiding students in developing healthy vocal techniques, harmonizing, and performing together as a choir or ensemble. Instrumental Music Instruction: The music teacher offers instruction in a variety of musical instruments, including recorder for grades 1-3, violin, viola, cello, guitar, percussion, and Orff instruments for grades 4-5. They teach students proper playing techniques, musical expression, and ensemble skills, fostering a sense of mastery and enjoyment in playing an instrument. Music Appreciation and Listening Skills: The music teacher exposes students to a rich repertoire of classical, folk, world, and contemporary music through listening activities, music appreciation lessons, and live performances. They guide students in developing critical listening skills, understanding musical forms and structures, and appreciating the cultural and historical contexts of different musical traditions. Integration with Other Subjects: The music teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to integrate music into the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Waldorf school. They use music to enhance learning in subjects such as language arts, history, science, mathematics, and social studies, incorporating songs, chants, and musical activities that reinforce academic concepts and themes. Performance Opportunities: The music teacher organizes and directs musical performances, concerts, and recitals throughout the school year, providing students with opportunities to showcase their musical talents and accomplishments. They create a supportive and inclusive performance environment where students feel confident, proud, and inspired to share their music with others. Cultural Enrichment and Community Engagement: The music teacher exposes students to a variety of cultural traditions and musical expressions from around the world, fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. They organize cultural exchanges, guest artist residencies, and community concerts that connect students with professional musicians and enrich the school community's musical experiences. Individualized Instruction and Support: The music teacher recognizes and supports the unique musical interests, strengths, and learning styles of each student. They provide individualized instruction, feedback, and guidance to help students progress in their musical journey, whether they are beginners or advanced musicians.

In essence, a music teacher at UTCS serves as a passionate advocate for music education, nurturing students' musical talents, fostering a love for music, and enriching the educational experience through the transformative power of music.

Movement and Games Instructor

The Movement and Games Instructor at UTCS plays a vital role in promoting physical activity, coordination, teamwork, and social-emotional development among students.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Holistic Approach to Movement Education: The Movement and Games Instructor approaches physical education from a holistic perspective, recognizing the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. They design movement activities and games that engage students' physical, cognitive, social, and emotional capacities, fostering a balanced and integrated approach to movement education. Outdoor and Indoor Activities: The instructor leads a variety of outdoor and indoor movement activities, games, and exercises that promote gross motor skills, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. These activities may include running, jumping, climbing, skipping, throwing, catching, dancing, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts, among others. Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: The Movement and Games Instructor tailors instruction to meet the developmental needs and abilities of students at different grade levels. They provide age-appropriate movement experiences and challenges that support students' physical development, motor skills refinement, spatial awareness, and body confidence. Creative and Imaginative Play: Drawing from the principles of Waldorf education, the instructor incorporates creative and imaginative play into movement activities and games. They use storytelling, role-playing, music, rhythm, and props to enhance the playfulness and engagement of students, fostering their imagination, creativity, and self-expression. Team Building and Cooperation: The instructor facilitates cooperative games and team-building activities that promote collaboration, communication, leadership, and sportsmanship. They create a supportive and inclusive environment where students learn to work together, solve problems, and respect each other's strengths and differences. Cultural and Traditional Games: The instructor exposes students to a diverse repertoire of cultural and traditional games from around the world, celebrating the rich diversity of human movement and play. They teach students the rules, strategies, and history of different games, promoting cultural appreciation, global awareness, and cross-cultural understanding. Mindfulness and Body Awareness: The Movement and Games Instructor incorporates mindfulness practices, breathing exercises, and body awareness techniques into movement education, helping students develop self-awareness, focus, and emotional regulation. They guide students in tuning into their bodies, breath, and senses, fostering a sense of calmness, presence, and mindfulness in movement.

In essence, the Movement and Games Instructor at UTCS creates a dynamic and enriching movement education program that promotes physical well-being, social connection, creativity, and joy in movement, fostering a lifelong love for physical activity and healthy living.

Handwork Instructor

The Handwork Instructor at UTCS plays a significant role in nurturing students' creativity, fine motor skills, and practical abilities through handcrafts and textile arts.

Here's a description of the position responsibilities:

Creative Handwork Curriculum: The Handwork Instructor develops and implements a creative and engaging handwork curriculum that aligns with the principles of Waldorf education. They introduce students to a variety of handcrafts and textile arts, including knitting, crocheting, felting, sewing, embroidery, weaving, and dyeing, allowing students to explore and develop their skills in these traditional crafts. Developmentally Appropriate Instruction: The instructor tailors instruction to meet the developmental needs and abilities of students at different grade levels. They provide age-appropriate projects and activities that scaffold students' learning, allowing them to gradually build upon their skills and explore increasingly complex techniques and projects as they progress through the grades. Cultivation of Practical Skills: The Handwork Instructor emphasizes the cultivation of practical skills and craftsmanship through handwork projects. Students learn how to use various tools, materials, and techniques to create handmade items that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. They develop skills in measuring, cutting, stitching, pattern-making, problem-solving, and attention to detail. Integration with Curriculum Themes: The instructor integrates handwork projects with themes and topics from the Waldorf curriculum, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and artistic expression. Handwork projects may complement subjects such as literature, history, science, and cultural studies, allowing students to deepen their understanding of academic concepts through creative, hands-on activities. Artistic Expression and Creativity: Handwork projects offer students opportunities for artistic expression, creativity, and personalization. The instructor encourages students to explore color, texture, pattern, and design in their handwork projects, fostering a sense of artistic freedom and self-expression. Students are encouraged to infuse their projects with their own unique style and creativity. Cultural and Historical Context: The Handwork Instructor provides students with an understanding of the cultural and historical significance of handcrafts and textile arts. They introduce students to the rich traditions and cultural heritage of various craft techniques, exploring different cultural practices, patterns, motifs, and symbolism associated with handwork from around the world. Mindfulness and Focus: Engaging in handwork projects promotes mindfulness, focus, and concentration among students. The repetitive and rhythmic nature of handwork activities can have a calming and meditative effect, helping students develop attentional control, patience, and a sense of inner peace as they immerse themselves in their creative endeavors. Celebration of Handmade: The Handwork Instructor fosters an appreciation for handmade items and the value of craftsmanship in today's world. They encourage students to take pride in their handmade creations, recognizing the time, effort, and care that goes into crafting something by hand. Students learn to value quality over quantity and develop a deeper connection to the things they create.

In essence, the Handwork Instructor at UTCS cultivates students' creativity, practical skills, and artistic sensibilities through handcrafts and textile arts, fostering a lifelong appreciation for handmade items, craftsmanship, and creative expression.

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