Career Opportunities


Assistant Teacher for Waldorf Early Childhood/ Mixed-Age Kindergarten for 2015-16

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is in search of a wonderful assistant teacher for a Mixed-age Kindergarten class beginning in August, 2015. Our Early Childhood program consists of two Mixed-age Kindergartens (3 – 6yrs) and a Parent-Child (infant – 3 yrs) program. We are looking for an experienced teacher with some college level coursework and/or a Waldorf Early Childhood training certificate, or willingness to develop a plan for study of Waldorf early childhood pedagogy. The successful applicant will embody a helping and nurturing spirit in support of the classroom and it’s variety of needs in a loving, kind, and gentle manner, as guided by the lead teacher.

This is a position for the academic year of 2015-2016, beginning August 12, 2015 and going through June 10, 2016

Contact hours with children
Daily when school is in session, 7 hours (8:30 am – 3:30 pm or 8 am – 3 pm) M-F

Collaboration (non-contact time with children)
2.5-5 hours per week with other Early Childhood (EC) faculty and/or whole school faculty.

Salaried position, with a range of $13,000 – $16,000, based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include:

  • One week of paid sick leave
  • Partial health benefits (50% premium paid)
  • $500 of professional development funds for Waldorf teacher training
  • Tuition remission commensurate with percent of full-time employment.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree.
  • At least 6 months experience working with children in a licensed early childhood setting.
  • Lead teacher certification, as required by the KS Department of Health and Environment, per our childcare license. Inquire for more details to learn how you can fulfill this requirement before the start of school in August 2015.
  • An openness to the anthroposophical philosophy surrounding child development and education.
  • An ability to lift the weight of a child, up to 50 pounds, when required.
  • A team player who loves working with children, has a sense of inner calm, and is able to take initiative to facilitate the smooth running of the EC classroom.
  • Willingness to undertake ongoing professional development in collaboration with the EC faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An A.B. or B.S. in early childhood education
  • A commitment to the study of anthroposophy
  • Experience teaching in a Waldorf, Lifeways, or Sophia’s Hearth program
  • Training in Waldorf early-childhood pedagogy through an approved AWSNA or WECAN program, a Lifeways or Sophia’s Hearth program, or the Midwest Regional Waldorf Teacher Training program.
  • Experience working in a Waldorf early-childhood program.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Reliable and punctual for all aspects of the job.
  • Maintain confidentiality and hold sensitive information with discretion.
  • Assist classroom teacher with mealtime preparations and activities (i.e., coloring, painting, beeswax, bread kneading, crafts, gardening, etc.), allowing for child participation.
  • Assist classroom teacher with transitions and other activities of the day including mealtimes, clean-up, rest, circle, story, outside time, bathroom time, and naptime.
  • Pass along parent questions and child observations to classroom teacher.
  • Assume responsibilities of the lead teacher, in lead teacher’s absence.
  • Help to keep the classroom clean and neat.
  • Assist with classroom management in consultation with, and as directed by lead teacher
  • Adhere to the code of conduct outlined in the document “Professional Expectations for Faculty and Staff”.
  • As a condition of employment, the employee agrees to follow rules, regulations, and policies that have been adopted by the Board of Directors for the Waldorf Association of Lawrence dba Prairie Moon Waldorf School.

Collaboration Expectations

  • Weekly meetings with supervising teacher, while school is in session
  • Attend all in-service days
  • Attend weekly Early Childhood faculty meetings
  • Attend weekly full-faculty meetings
  • Attend parent meetings and conferences, as directed by supervising teacher
  • Attend at least one parent evening per semester
  • Participate on one school committee
  • Attend all-community meetings (one each semester)

To Apply
Please send cover letter, resume, PMWS application, and three references to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Early Childhood Search Committee
1853 E. 1600 Road
Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: 785-841-8800

Applications are welcome until the position is filled.

For all positions,  please download and complete the Application for Employment.



Early Childhood Lead Teacher for Robin’s Nest Aftercare Program

Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher: The primary responsibility of the Aftercare Teacher is to make sure that the experience is positive for the children who attend and the activities follow the pedagogy of the school, ensuring the supervision and safety of all the children ages 3 to 6 yrs-old.

Responsible to: Lead Teacher/Program Director

Schedule: 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m. M-F, approx. 33+ hours per week.

Compensation: $10.00/hour

Benefits: This position may be eligible for health insurance depending on the hours. Partial tuition remission available, also dependant upon the hours.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Supervise the children enrolled in the afternoon care program, average 3–6 students.
  • Punctual attendance, ready to receive children from naps and transition into afternoon play.
  • Ensure each child has a healthy afternoon snack (from home or food the school provides).
  • Maintain attendance records of children through the Parent Sign In and Out forms.
  • Carry cordless phone at all times to make and receive calls for assistance or emergencies.
  • Fill out incident reports and follows up with parents on any injuries or behavior problems.
  • Check in daily with Lead Teachers to report any concerns, accidents, or other critical information to ensure good communication and oversight of the program.
  • Ensure that the areas used (room and play yard) are clean and returned to original condition and prepared for the next morning’s activities.
  • Dress modestly, avoiding clothing with printed words/imagery, ready for all weather conditions experienced during daily outdoor play (usually a minimum of an hour).
  • Ensure that household activities are completed daily with the children (mopping, dusting,

Other Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Relates to all children and youth in positive ways
  • Responds appropriately to individual needs of children and youth
  • Encourages children and youth to make choices and to become more responsible
  • Uses positive techniques to guide the behavior of children and youth
  • Ensures children generally interact with one another in positive ways
  • Ensures that the program’s indoor and outdoor spaces meet the needs of children
  • Reports any site or facility problems to Lead Teachers
  • Closes and locks all doors and windows, turns off all inside building lights at the
    end of shift

Requirements: “Lead Teacher” certification, as required by the KS Department of Health & Environment, per our childcare license.

You must also have one of the following requirements met to be considered for this position:

Option 1: (A) Five sessions of observation for not less than 2 1/2 consecutive hours per observation in licensed preschools or child care centers. Child care center staff shall plan their observations so that daily activities during morning, lunch, nap time and late afternoon can be observed; and (B) one year of teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or one year of supervised practicum in licensed centers or preschools (this can be from a practicum/internship experience)


Option 2: (A) Seven to nine semester hours of academic credit or equivalent training in child development or early childhood education; and (B) three months’ teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or one year of supervised practicum in  licensed centers or preschools (this can be from a practicum/internship experience)


Option 3: A child development associate credential.

Additional Kansas State requirements:

  • health assessment form current and certified by a licensed physician
  • current CPR (infant & child) / First Aid training
  • employee background screening

To Apply
Please send cover letter, resume, PMWS application, and three references to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Early Childhood Search Committee
1853 E. 1600 Road
Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: 785-841-8800

Applications are welcome until the position is filled.

For all positions,  please download and complete the Application for Employment.



Music/Singing Teacher—2015/16 School Year

Prairie Moon Waldorf School seeks a part-time Music/Singing Teacher for six 45-minute classes per week for grades classes 1st-7th grade for the 2015-2016 academic year. Next year our grades classes will be combined as follows: 1st grade, 2nd/3rd grade, 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th grade.

Ideal candidates will have a music degree and teaching experience in the classroom setting. The candidate’s teaching repertoire should include classical and traditional folk or world music styles as well as notation for 3rd grade and older. Ideal candidates will be familiar with or open to learning child development as seen through the anthroposophical lens and the Waldorf education pedagogy.

The position is paid competitively per class period.

We are also looking for a once-per-week ukulele teacher for our eldest class possibly expanding to twice-per-week next year. Combining these two positions is possible for the right candidate.

Must be able to pass a KBI check, meaning that the candidate has not been convicted of a felony or of any crime against persons.

Send Cover Letter and Resume/C.V. to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Teacher Search Committee
1853 E 1600 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044

or email to

Contact the school at 785-841-8800 with questions.


For all positions,  please download and complete the Application for Employment.


Grades 4–6 Woodworking Teacher

Prairie Moon Waldorf School seeks a highly organized and responsible part-time woodworking teacher to augment its current wood working instructional staff. The successful candidate for this position will have developed a familiarity of the woodworking curriculum for grades fourth through sixth through two or more in-class observations during the spring of 2015 with the current instructor. Prairie Moon Waldorf School is located on approximately 7.5 acres of land in a rural setting. The addition of a grades 4 through 6 wood working instructor is as a result of Prairie Moon expanding into middle school grades 7 and 8.


  • Meet weekly with wood working instructional staff to discuss class curriculum
  • Plan and lead weekly age-appropriate one and one-half hour woodworking classes for grades 4 through 6.
  • Instruction should include educating the student about the properties of the wood, care and use of hand tools such as carving knives and techniques for shaping, smoothing and finishing surfaces.
  • Cooperate in organizing and maintaining tools and supplies necessary to the program
  • Work within the budget allocated for the program.
  • Submit mid-year and year-end student reports
  • Attend meetings when assigned


  • Able to shadow current instructor during spring 2015 term
  • Substantial work experience in woodworking
  • Substantial work experience with simple and more complex woodworking tools
  • Knowledge of classroom safety measures necessary for such work
  • Classroom management skills and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Maintain a healthy working relationship with class teachers and school staff


  • Experience with (or willing to experience) teaching within a Waldorf class setting
  • Background in and/or knowledge of, anthroposophy, Waldorf pedagogy


  • Please arrange to shadow the current wood working teacher. Contact Melissa Watson, Prairie Moon Waldorf School Administrator, to schedule visits. 785-841-8800
  • After fulfilling the above, please submit a brief personal biography, work resume, and application for employment to or mail to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Teacher Search Committee
1853 E 1600 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044



Substitute Teacher, for both early childhood and grades.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, application of employment, and resume to:

Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Attn: Search Committee Chair
1853 E 1600 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. It offers two Early Childhood Programs, First/Second combination Grade, Third/Fourth combination Grade and the eldest Fifth/Sixth combination grade class. In addition to main lesson, students are currently offered movement, Mandarin language, handwork, gardening, extra lesson, music, and strings classes. Prairie Moon occupies a former public school building with classrooms, gymnasium, stage, offices and kitchen on a seven-acre rural property that features playgrounds and a large organic garden (on rich Kaw River Valley soil.) The school is a short drive from downtown Lawrence.

Discover Lawrence, Kansas, a cultural oasis in the Midwest. Lawrence is a progressive community of just under 100,000 people that is home to the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Kansas’ only Waldorf school. It features a nationally prominent visual and performing arts scene, a significant natural and Native American history and an American political history rooted in the pre-Civil War Era.  The city offers top museums and historical sites, state-of-the-art health, fitness and sports facilities, a community owned and operated hospital, a lively farmer’s market that features local organic produce from dozens of area farmers and one of the Midwest’s oldest and best cooperative health food grocery stores. Lawrence is an open-minded place with a can-do attitude. Only thirty-five miles to the east is metropolitan Kansas City with its many amenities and attractions that include a world-class art museum, the national World-War-One Museum, professional sports teams and major new performing arts venues among many others.

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