Class 1 Teacher, 2019/20

This position is available for the 2019 – 2020 school year, with the contract beginning in August 2019.

The Grade 1 Class teacher has a passion for Waldorf education and for inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.  With the responsibility of carrying a class of up to 24 students, the successful candidate will have excellent class management and organizational skills.

Within Grade 1 teaching, the responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • lesson planning & classroom preparation
  • teaching main lesson
  • teaching track classes
  • report writing
  • attending faculty meetings
  • leading class parent meetings

Terms of Employment: Permanent, full-time; base salary with increments and some benefits

Education and Skill Requirements:

  • BC Teacher Certification
  • 5 years or more of Waldorf Class Teaching is preferred
  • Waldorf Training Certificate
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills

Location of work: Nelson British Columbia

Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Parent and Tot through to Grade 8. Waldorf education has been growing steadily in British Columbia, and the Nelson Waldorf School is one of several Waldorf schools in the province. This provides many opportunities for collaborative working with the other B.C. Waldorf schools.   

Nelson is a thriving little city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Known as “The Queen City”, and acknowledged for its impressive collection of restored heritage buildings and its strong artistic and cultural life, the surrounding area offers a magnificent four seasons outdoor playground.  

Contact Information: 250-352-6919

How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references, via email to  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at
Classroom visits, faculty conversations and the interview process require a minimum of three days. Travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

Welcome Corey Friesen, new Business Director!

We are most pleased to welcome Corey Friesen back to the Nelson Waldorf School, taking up the position of Business Director. Lindsay Morris, our current BD, is working alongside Corey for the rest of the calendar year, helping orient and guide him in this most important work. We’re so glad to have you back with us!

Halloween Journey SOLD OUT!

Our beloved Halloween Journey sold out much quicker than anticipated – we’re sorry not everyone who wanted tickets was able to get them this year, and wish you all a very Happy Halloween no matter how you end up celebrating it. (And we look forward to greeting those who were able to get a ticket to this magical and mysterious journey here at the school – tours starting at 4:50p.m.).

All School Meeting and AGM

The Nelson Waldorf School is holding an All School Meeting (ASM) in conjunction with its AGM Thursday November 22nd, 5 pm – 7 pm. All families are warmly welcomed. With your participation, it is the hopeful expectation that all families will be represented.

It is in the best interest of our children and the overall health of our school that we honour our parent agreements to attend the AGM and other school meetings that require participation. We will be having conversation and interaction about the future of the school related to: Vision/ Mission/ Values, Communication & Community-building, Financial Health, and Governance Structure.

Share your heart, thoughts, and comments as we grow our school in a healthful, effectual, and sustainable way!

Welcome Jonathan Snow, Eurythmy Teacher

We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Jonathan Snow for our fall session of eurythmy.  He comes to us from the Toronto Waldorf School (from which he’s currently on a year’s sabbatical). He has pursued eurythmy internationally, completing both artistic and pedagogical training in Stuttgart, Germany, obtaining the eurythmy teacher Bachelor of Arts in The Hague,  Netherlands and participating in workshops in the USA. He is a certified Bothmer gymnast and Spacial Dynamics® associate. As well as teaching in Waldorf schools, he has given workshops for adults in both Germany and Canada. He continually  explores various movement arts, from dancing to martial arts.

Class 8 FUNdraising

On Friday, September 14th, the grade 8 students and parents took their own initiative, further to the school program, to organise a triathlon fundraiser where they canoed, cycled and hiked (from Lakeside, up Pulpit, and back again). Ms Lavine was a welcomed participant, too. Decked out in beautiful red t-shirts and complete with a ribbon cutting, these amazing students set the challenge and completed it in fine form (and with great teamwork). Dronemates was on hand to photograph the event, too.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this successful (and fun) fundraiser – we raised $2500, and donated $250 to the West Kootenay EcoSociety to help support all the good work they do.

Congratulations to all and thank you parents for ensuring a safe and fun adventure for these remarkable students.

Welcome back, Ms. Guthrie

The Nelson Waldorf School is excited to welcome Ms. Guthrie back after a year away from the school. Celeste is taking this year’s Class 2, coming back to the same classroom she started in when first teaching at this school.

Head of School/Principal

The Nelson Waldorf School is an AWSNA membership school with a rich history and connection to the beautiful and eclectic town of Nelson BC, nestled in the heart of the Kootenay region of Southern British Columbia. Our K-8 school and childcare center of 180+ students, dedicated and experienced faculty, and a committed parent body seeks a motivated and experienced leader to support our work and collaborate with faculty, board, and parents in moving toward an evolving vision of the future of our school. The successful candidate will play a vital role in strategic planning, school administration, B.C. Ministry of Education compliance, and faculty support and development.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and ability to attain a BC Independent School Teaching Certification (ISTC) or equivalent
  • Leadership experience in a Waldorf school (as a teacher or administrator)
  • Advanced training or degrees in the realms of Waldorf education, administration, or educational leadership are preferred



  • Liaise with the BC Ministry of Education
  • Ensure all ministry requirements are met (implementation of the new BC curriculum, report cards, FSAs, 1701s)
  • Liaise with AWSNA and implement recommended strategic and operational initiatives


  • Oversee policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Oversee and support the overall administration of the school including working closely with the Business Director, Community Development Director, and Childcare Manager to support their roles
  • Engage in strategic planning in conjunction with all governance bodies in the school and oversee implementation of initiatives
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, faculty and parents to ensure clear and timely flow of information

Parent Work  

  • Support Kindergarten and Class teachers with parent work, and facilitate meetings as necessary

Human Resources 

  • Oversee the hiring, support, and evaluation of faculty
  • Develop and review policies and procedures
  • Support the Business Director with the hiring, support, and evaluation of non-teaching staff

Pedagogical Administration

  • Pedagogical Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • Work closely with faculty to develop and support curriculum

Characteristics & Skills:

  • Servant leadership approach
  • Strong Administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Consultative approach to decision making
  • Can build and develop teams
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Facilitator
  • Effective and efficient time manager
  • Can manage multiple concurrent projects
  • Change management skills and ability to work with and facilitate ever-evolving structures

Terms & Compensation:

  • Full-time (1.0FTE) 12 month contract
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include full tuition benefit, MSP premium coverage, and insurance coverage through Great West Life (life and accidental death and dismemberment)

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to

For further information about the Nelson Waldorf School, please visit our website at


The NWS campus is situated on 35 acres of mountain splendor minutes from downtown Nelson. Nelson is a small city, located on the shores of Kootenay Lake and is a mecca for music and the arts. For more information about Nelson visit:


For more information about the town of Nelson, British Columbia visit:

ECCE Employment Opportunity for September 2018

The Nelson Waldorf Childcare Centre is taking applications for a permanent part time ECE for our afternoon program, and a part time assistant ECE or ECCA.   Join our wonderful supportive team at our beautiful campus for rewarding work with young children.  More information at:

  • Wage:  $18.50/hr ECE; $17.50/hr ECEA.
  • Benefits: Free tuition grade school/childcare
  • Hours: Afternoon ECE 27hrs/wk, Assistant ECE or ECCE 12hrs/wk – an ECE could combine

Start dates:  September 4, 2018

Requirements:  Current BC ECE/ECEA certification, current child first aid, criminal record check, experience or willingness to learn about Waldorf Education EC Education.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to:

Erica Maclennan – 

Re-registration deadline changed to June 29th

You have till June 29th to pay your 30% deposit on all costs without incurring a late fee of $200 (new this year).