Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

Waldorf School of Lexington, Lexington, MA

Waldorf School of Lexington is currently accepting applications for a full-time Mandarin Chinese Teacher. This onsite position has a July 2024 start date and offers full benefits with a salary that is commensurate with experience.

All students at WSL study world languages from first through eighth grade. We currently offer Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Waldorf education uses world languages to develop a positive attitude toward people of other languages, cultures and countries and to encourage the development of human understanding. By exposing students to two different languages, with distinct tones and structures, beginning in first grade, students build foundational capacities for understanding language and recognizing and imitating intonations. Simultaneously, through singing, stories, projects, speech and eventually reading and writing, the children are introduced to diverse cultures and people.

Oral work is key to learning languages in the early grades, with songs, poems, rhymes, counting, games, short plays, and other engaging activities. In the later grades, written work is introduced, including grammar, poetry, and literature. After eight years of language instruction, most students test into second-year programs in high school.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Solid knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language—native or near native accent and fluency in Mandarin

  • Exemplary classroom management and discipline

  • Desire and ability to work artistically, lead projects, crafts and festival celebrations

  • Ability to collaborate with world language and other faculty on curriculum

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and parents/guardians

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

Education and training requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred);

  • Successful experience teaching different age groups.

  • Commitment to Waldorf principles and philosophy.

  • Commitment to advancing the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging

Responsibilities:

  • Teach Mandarin Chinese classes to grades 1-8

  • Contribute to festivals and community events

  • Attend weekly faculty meetings

  • Collaborate with student support services and colleagues

  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians and colleagues

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or provide contact information) in a single pdf to communications@thewaldorfschool.org.

Setting

WSL is situated 12 miles west of Boston in historic Lexington, Massachusetts—an area rich with culture, historical significance, and natural beauty. Abutting our campus is a 185-acre nature preserve that features a sports field, several play gardens, a vegetable garden, and beehives.

Pedagogy and Program

WSL provides an arts-integrated academic education. We offer a curriculum rich in the humanities and sciences as well as practical and fine arts, grounded in the pedagogical principles and methods of Rudolf Steiner. Cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance in our students, we strive to instill an enthusiasm for learning, skills in collaboration, and the confidence to engage in a changing world.

WSL serves nearly 170 students from preschool through grade 8. The school offers a challenging academic program, provided by faculty who understand students’ cognitive, emotional, and physical developmental stages. Our educational philosophy and culture instill in students respect for themselves, for each other, and the living world around them. WSL prepares students for a lifetime of engaged, self-directed learning.

Diversity

Waldorf School of Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of learning, listening and deepening our understanding of equity, inclusion, and justice. With reverence, we strive to create, embrace and support a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community where everyone is respected, connected and valued. We welcome students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, geographic origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, and family structures. We reject discrimination in all forms and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner. WSL has adopted the position statement of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Accreditation

The Waldorf School of Lexington is accredited by AWSNA and NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), a member of AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England), and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).

Waldorf School of Lexington

Lexington, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
Day
All Gender
Waldorf