The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is a thriving 44 year-old Waldorf School with more than 200 preschool through 8th grade students.
Spacious classrooms, handwork and woodworking studios, a science room and auditorium look out over thirty-two acres of open and wooded land bordering the Green River. Basketball and handball courts, open playing fields and biodynamic gardens extend the classrooms beyond school buildings. The classic Berkshires timber frame barn where the school began is now the school’s 1,000 square-foot library.
Located midway between New York City and Boston, the Berkshires are well known for cultural and artistic communities, offering theater, music, dance and museums. Tanglewood, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Co. and folk and bluegrass festivals are just some of our famous local attractions. Skiing, skating and other sports are popular in winter; visitors come from all over the world in the summer to enjoy on our crystalline lakes and rivers, and to hike and camp on the Appalachian and other trails.
The school is a full member of AWSNA, as well as of the Association of Independent Schools of New England. An active anthroposophical branch and First Class are in the area, as well as a nearby teacher training center, biodynamic farm and farm store, and our own in-school apprenticeship.
Email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michael Junkins at (413) 528-4015, ext. 105.
Class Teacher, Grades 1-8
Our school is always looking for great teachers. Please contact Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins to inquire about current or future positions at GBRSS.
First Grade Class Teacher, Fall 2016
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is seeking a First Grade Class Teacher to begin in September of 2016. Candidates should have a minimum of three years of successful Waldorf teaching experience. Effective classroom management, communication, and the ability to collaborate are priorities.
Our curriculum includes German, Spanish, handwork, woodwork, music, eurythmy, an educational support program and physical education. Festivals and celebrations are community-oriented. Our Board is active and well-established and our strong PA reflects a supportive and diverse parent body. The school is a full member of AWSNA, as well as of the Association of Independent Schools of New England. An active Anthroposophical branch and First Class are in the area, as well as a nearby teacher training center, biodynamic farm and farm store, and our own in-school apprenticeship.
Salary for the position is commensurate with experience; benefits include health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, tuition remission and sabbatical leave. Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Michael Junkins, email@example.com or call 413 528 4015 x 105. A review of resumes will begin immediately.
Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP)
GBRSS oﬀers an exciting opportunity to learn about Waldorf education through daily classroom experience with teachers and students. The program takes place over one or two years, including the first introductory and the second practicum years, with increasing opportunities for responsibility in the classroom and the life of the school, and mentorship from master teachers.
The GBRSS TAP program is open to those with training and/or experience in Waldorf education who would like to become part of the culture and life of a thriving school.
The Teacher Apprenticeship Program oﬀers a range of opportunities depending on the apprentice teacher’s area of interest:
- The Class Teacher apprentice will visit main lessons, extra main lessons and assist with recess and transitions, blackboard and main lesson book drawing and preparation.
- The Subject Teacher apprentice will observe classes and gain practical experience in leading activities and study of the subject.
- The Early Childhood apprentice will join in daily rhythms of the clases and become part of the work that introduces parents to Waldorf education.
Along with classroom experience, apprentices participate in the festival life of the school. A Monday afternoon study of Rudolf Steiner’s educational works led by faculty members provides an opportunity to discuss observations and ideas.
For more information, contact program advisor Krista Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application is by letter of interest and interview. We look for applicants who have the genuine desire and will to carry the work of Waldorf teaching into the future.
The school provides a certificate at the completion of the apprenticeship program. Cost: $3,000 per year; payment arrangements available.