First Grade Teacher for 2018-19 School Year

The Siskiyou School is looking for a teacher for our 2018-2019 first grade class. We are looking for candidates with Waldorf teacher training certification and class teaching experience in a Waldorf school or with elementary-age children. The salary range for our class teachers is $37,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, and tuition remission. To apply, please send your resume with cover letter and autobiographical piece to if you have questions, please contact our Administrator, Aurilia McNamara, at 541-482-8223.  We will keep the search open until we find the right teacher. We look forward to hearing from you!

Below, please find a summary description of some of the features that distinguish the Siskiyou School and make Ashland a gem of a place to live.

Now in its 12th year, the Siskiyou School is a thriving 1st through 8th grade Waldorf school of 185 students with a staff of 25 full and part-time teachers. We are on a beautiful, well-developed two-acre campus in a residential neighborhood, a ten- minute bike ride from downtown Ashland, Oregon. Classes range in size from 22-28. Ten home-based Waldorf pre-schools and kindergartens feed into the school. We are fully enrolled, with waitlists for some grades. Our astute Board has maintained our financial health through our founding years. Our parent body is active throughout the school, and our faculty is free to teach. Collegiality, creativity, and fruitful collaboration among the faculty, parents, and Board are hallmarks of the school.

Ashland is a delightful place to live whether you are single, a parent with children, or near retirement age. Home to Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland is renowned as a progressive arts community and as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors from all over the country come to attend plays at the world-famous OSF, dine in Ashland’s many fine restaurants, and enjoy the shops, art galleries, and gorgeous outdoors. Hiking, skiing, rafting, camping, biking and rock climbing are all easily accessible in the Rogue Valley. Additionally, Ashland has two weekly farmers’ markets, a big, bustling Co-op, a 90-acre trail-webbed park right in town, and a lively music scene. Surrounded by the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains Ashland’s immediate environs include farms, orchards, and wineries. While Ashland has plenty of boutiques, it is free of big commercial stores – all of which can be found 20 minutes up the road in the town of Medford, which also houses the nearest airport. While northern Oregon is quite rainy, Ashland’s temperate climate makes it enjoyable year-round. The combination of great weather, first-rate cultural events, outstanding shopping and restaurants, and exceptional scenic beauty make Ashland a gem of a small town.

Teachers from Waldorf schools up and down the West Coast stop at our school when they travel to Ashland, often with their classes, to attend OSF. They are particularly struck by how well supported our class teachers are and by how established we are for such a relatively young school. Our campus houses eight spacious and beautiful classrooms, a performance and assembly space which hosts our theater and Eurythmy program, breakout rooms for track and specialty classes, and use of our four-acre adjoining city park for our Games classes and recess. Within the last five years the school has acquired an adjacent house which we use to house our Special Ed Program, and an adjacent lot which we are using to expand our busy gardening program.

Class teachers in grades 1-4 have assistants for main lesson and for their language arts and math classes. Our Ohana Program provides daily classes for children in grades 1-4 needing extra support in reading, writing, and integrative movement. Tutoring is also available for children needing one-on-one instruction. Class teachers in 5-8 are supported by a dedicated middle school language arts teacher and a middle school math teacher. Our active mentoring program ensures additional class teacher support as needed. Last but certainly not least, all 12 specialty classes—music, handwork, games, woodworking, gardening, watercolor painting, form drawing, lower grades science (ACORN Program), Eurythmy, Mandarin, Spanish and drama—are taught by highly qualified and experienced specialty teachers. Well-supported class teachers help ensure well-met children! Meeting all our kids is our ongoing mission as a school.

For more detailed information about our school, faculty, and campus, please browse our website or feel free to call me anytime.

We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the faculty,

Aurilia McNamara, Administrator