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Eastside Community School is nestled on five acres in the Sammamish Plateau area of Issaquah, Washington. We serve students from Parent-and-Child through Grade 12. As a WECAN Associate Member and Washington State licensed Early Childhood Center, we are seeking a passionate and dedicated Early Childhood Lead Teacher for the 2024-25 school year. Join our joyous school community!

Share your warmth, enthusiasm, and love for educating children by helping build their strengths in cognitive, physical, and social development skills. Bring your positivity, organization, and effective communication skills to work in partnership with a thriving faculty and highly engaged parent body. Collaborate supportively and flexibly with colleagues.

At ECS, our faculty circle engages deeply with how to keep our teaching alive and dynamic, encouraging the type of "living thinking" that inspires new ideas in our students, faculty, and community. With the stability of an established community and the pioneering spirit of a relatively new Board and identity, we are uniquely positioned to draw on the strength of the past while exploring what it truly means to be a Waldorf-inspired school in today's world. We aim to go beyond labels or dogma to meet the lived experiences of our students each day.

Duties & Responsibilituies:

  • Schedule: Full-time, 7:30 am-3:30 pm, on-site daily with typical expectations of a school program outside of those hours, including occasional evening and weekend work for events such as festivals, parent evenings, parent communications, faculty meetings, continuing education, summer home visits for students, etc.

  • Class Leadership: Plan, lead, and supervise a class group, whether Kindergarten, Preschool, or mixed age.

  • Child Guidance: Lead children by positive example and gentle boundary setting.

  • Environment: Provide and maintain a warm and positive environment, while upholding school guidelines and regulations.

  • Licensing Requirements: Complete all state licensing pre-service teacher requirements.

  • Mentorship: Mentor assistant teachers and practice inclusion and empowerment for all members of the early childhood faculty team.

  • Waldorf Methodology: Follow WECAN (Waldorf) suggestions around class rhythms and teaching methods, using Waldorf training knowledge to provide the best care possible within practical and economic considerations.

  • Creative Planning: Support creative imagining through the forming and implementation of the school day.

  • Schedule Creation: Help create the basic schedule, keeping in mind the importance of a breathing rhythm, the mission of the school, and various practical considerations regarding the department budget.

  • Resource Sharing: Coordinate the fluid sharing of resources, such as the outdoor play area, kitchen facilities, or a visiting Eurythmist.

  • Flexibility and Coordination: Exhibit flexibility, preparation, participation, and coordination around festival days and other special occasions.

  • State Compliance: Work closely with the person responsible for meeting state licensing requirements, ensuring classroom setup, rhythms, routines, and classroom practices are approved prior to implementation.

  • Student Observations: Regularly document observations of students and communicate effectively with families about their child’s development and progress in the program.

  • Behavior Management: Implement appropriate behavior management techniques when necessary.

  • Safety: Care for and protect the safety of students, following all program health, safety, and emergency procedures.

  • Admissions Support: Support admissions by assessing student fit and speaking with prospective families about the beneficial attributes of the program and our space.

  • Guidance Acceptance: Accept guidance and supervision.


  • BA or BS required

  • Waldorf Teaching Certificate and/or Waldorf teaching experience required

  • Ability to meet Washington State Requirements for a Licensed Program


Salary is commensurate with experience and teaching certification. Annual salary range: $50,000 - $75,000. Benefits include dental and health insurance, partial tuition remission, and the possibility for professional development support and mentoring.

Recruitment and screening of applications are ongoing until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration we encourage candidates to complete and submit applications promptly. Please note that ECS reserves the right -- and may exercise the option -- to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. Full job descriptions are available upon request.

Our intentional and cohesive faculty and administration are deeply committed to providing our students with an exemplary Waldorf-inspired education. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Eastside Community School.

Grade levels: Early Childhood

Schedule: Monday to Friday

School type: Private school

Experience Teaching: 1 year (Required)

Ability to Commute: Issaquah, WA 98029 (Required)

Work Location: In person

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Early Childhood Lead Teacher

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