The Garland School

Lead Teacher, Fall 2024

Reference ID : 56624
Location : Brattleboro, VT
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



The Garland School seeks a Lead Teacher with an interest in wilderness and play-centered education who will work with children ages 3-4 starting in the August 2024.  Set among 200 acres of forest and streams, our Waldorf-inspired school emphasizes year-round immersion in nature including trail walking, woods exploration, gardening, and seasonal Waldorf festivals. Teachers at Garland are welcomed into a community that prioritizes care and mutual aid. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer seven weeks of paid vacation, paid personal and sick days, healthcare costs stipend, a supplemental insurance plan, professional development stipends, mentorship stipends, support for the TEACH grant, and local and organic breakfast and lunch served daily.


Waldorf inspired and nature-based, our teachers are invited to design an environment that speaks to their interests, strengths and vision of early childhood education. Co-leading the classroom with the help of a co-teacher, with attention to the emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of each child. 

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Holding a weekly rhythm of activities that encourage imaginative play and creative expression
  • Creating and leading daily circle time with fingerplays, songs, and movement games
  • Incorporate meaningful work (gardening, handwork, cleaning, cooking) into the rhythm of the day, in support of the Waldorf values of mirroring the home environment
  • Communicating with parents about their child daily and writing a weekly summary
  • Collaboratively organizing four seasonal festivals
  • Serving home-cooked meals prepared by the school’s chef.
  • Keeping the classroom clean and tidy and caring for materials and toys 


  • High school diploma or GED
  • 5 years of prior experience with young children (including toddlers)
  • 12 college credits in human development or education (can include Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals) or Vermont Afterschool Essentials Certificate
  • 3 references from past work experience, including with young children
  • Waldorf-related training or experience or interest in learning
  • Experience sharing the outdoors with children or interest in learning
  • Team player; enthusiastic about working with other adults and taking care of children and the school environment.

Nice To Haves

  • 12 college credits with early childhood focus
  • Interest in pursuing VT's early childhood professional pathway and/or VT educator licensing


Salary and Benefits

  • $1000 Sign-on bonus
  • Paid school breaks and holidays
  • Paid personal, sick, and bereavement leave
  • Professional development stipends and mentorship stipends
  • Supplemental insurance plan
  • Healthcare costs stipend
  • Support for the TEACH grant (100% tuition for Early Childcare Education college classes toward Early Childcare Education apprenticeship, a college degree, or licensure, plus additional financial benefits)
  • Local and organic breakfast and lunch served daily

Salary : $45,900 to $45,900/Yr
Minimum Education : Associate
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 2 Yrs
Location : Brattleboro, VT

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