Employment Opportunities

Thank you for considering to become a part of our innovative community at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School.

Early Childhood Lead Teacher and Assistant

A Nursery through Eighth Grade school, Mountain Laurel Waldorf School was founded in 1983 by a group of parents searching for an educational alternative for their children. The school is housed in a charming Victorian mansion, circa 1876, which is in walking distance from the village center of New Paltz, Historic Huguenot Street (the oldest street in America), the State University of New York (SUNY) campus, and a large community playground and village green where our elementary school children play.

Located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley, New Paltz is approximately ninety miles from New York City. It is home to many active artists and ecological groups. Covering the pristine Shawangunk Ridge, Minnewaska State Park, the adjoining Mohonk Preserve, as well as the renowned Mohonk Mountain House nature preserve have miles of hiking and biking trails. In addition, two major centers of Anthroposophical endeavor, Spring Valley with Sunbridge College and Hawthorne Valley are close by.

The school currently has a mandate group system of governance and a committed College with an active and supportive Board of Trustees. Our staff numbers 25. A full-time salaried faculty member is entitled to benefits: health and dental insurance, 401K, professional development and tuition remission.

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class. We acknowledge that a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender expressions, sexual orientations, learning differences, and life experience within our community enhance our school’s learning environment, and we are committed to cultivating equity and inclusion. People of color and others unrepresented in our community are encouraged to apply.

The Lead Early Childhood Teacher maintains the class environment while caring for the children with the help of their assistant. They create a warm supportive atmosphere, help prepare meals, and care for the physical space of the classroom and outdoor play yard consistent with Waldorf Early Childhood Education methods and practices.

Children are aged 3-6 years old.

Responsibilities Include:

Lead Teacher: Salaried Position

Minimum Qualifications: Training in Waldorf Early Childhood pedagogy and experience teaching in a Waldorf Early Childhood setting.

  • lead daily preparation of room materials and activities
  • lead indoor & outdoor play time, and nap time
  • collaborating with assistants to support the children in their care
  • helping with school wide festivals and celebrations
  • attending weekly Early Childhood faculty meetings
  • preparing the snack of the day
  • assisting children while in the bathroom
  • tidying up after school

Assistant: Hourly Pay

  • Assistants support the lead teacher in all of the above aspects.

5 days per week, 8am – 3pm.

How to Apply: If you are interested in joining us at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, please email a letter of interest along with a resume, which includes a biography and at least two references, to the attention of the Personnel Committee: personnel@mountainlaurel.org.

We look forward to hearing from you.