ECE or ECEA temporary position in the Childcare Centre.

Employment Opportunity

ECE or ECEA temporary position in the Childcare Centre.

This position is (one month) from Sept 3, 2019 – Oct 3, 2019.

Days: Monday/Wednesday 8:00 – 12:00 (Assistant), and

Tuesday/Thursday 7:30 – 3:30 (Educator)

Wage to be confirmed.

Requirements: BC ECE/ECEA Certification/ Licence to Practice and experience with young children.

Duties include: Supervise, guide and assist children in daily activities; supporting the lead teacher through food preparation, outdoor activity, singing/circle time, craft activity, behavioural support, and individual and small group holding; be available by phone. Candidates should have good verbal communication skills. Knowledge of Waldorf methods will be preferred.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume with 2 references by email to

Nelson Waldorf School: Still accepting applications!

We are accepting applications for several of our classes.

Visit us to learn more about how we educate for life, through:

Holistic educational approach that balances academic work with the arts, including music, theatre, handwork, woodwork, drawing, painting, modeling and with an emphasis on physical health through daily activity and outdoor trips.

Child-centred curriculum that “meets” the students’ needs and their interests at each stage of their development.

Relationship-based learning, where the main academic teachers stay with their class for up to eight years.

Financial accessibility, so that Waldorf education can be available to all families, regardless of economic status.

To arrange a visit or find out more, please contact the Enrolment Manager at

Grade 1-8 Class Teachers

Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Parent and Child through to Class 8. Based on the insights of scientist and philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), we are part of a worldwide network of Waldorf schools that have developed into an international movement with over 2,000+ schools.

The Nelson Waldorf School is located on 33 acres of pristine mountainside, three minutes from the Nelson city limits. Nelson, British Columbia, incorporated in 1897, is a distinctive ‘arts’ city of approximately 10,000 people and is, once again in 2019, well placed on Maclean’s list of Canada’s Best Communities.

Nelson is nestled on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountain range, halfway between Vancouver, B.C. and Calgary, Alberta. Nelson offers a rare mix of culture and outdoor recreation to the many families who are attracted to raise their children here. The Nelson Waldorf School continues to attract families from around the world seeking an affordable Waldorf education in this unique and beautiful natural setting.

Job Duties:

The Waldorf Class teacher has a passion for Waldorf education and inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are enthusiasm, positivity, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will have strong classroom management and organizational skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • lesson planning;
  • classroom preparation;
  • teaching main lesson;
  • teaching track classes; and
  • report writing.

The Class teacher will also be responsible for:

  • outdoor recess supervisions;
  • attendance at faculty meetings;
  • school liaison for parents;
  • facilitating parent evenings; and,
  • attendance at all school events.

Terms of Employment: Permanent, full-time

Base Salary: $43,500.00, (plus increments for related experience)

Education and Skill Requirements

  • BC Teacher Certification
  • Waldorf Class teaching experience is preferred
  • Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate (completed or in progress)

Contact Information:

Please send resume, letter of interest to

Phone: 250-352-6919

NWS is seeking a handwork assistant

NWS is seeking a handwork assistant to work 3 days per week. approximate hours are 11:00- 2:30. Strong knitting and crocheting skills are essential. Familiarity with knitting socks is an asset.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to:

Media Literacy Coming to the NWS!

Described as, “An award-winning, in-school program— taught in over 40 U.S. states and internationally—that meets the urgent and growing demand to help youth become thoughtful, ethical, and wise digital citizens”, the Nelson Waldorf School is thrilled to be offering Cyber Civics to our middle school students starting in the fall of 2019.

The website explains it best: “Born in a Waldorf classroom in 2011, Cyber Civics was designed to solve a problem: How to teach kids to use digital technologies ethically, thoughtfully and wisely?  Other Waldorf schools caught on to it right away, and soon all sorts of schools figured we were on to something good.”

Interested in learning more? Check out their website, here.


Class 7 Teacher 2019/20

Debora Oese-Lloyd has embraced her skills and experience as a Main Lesson teacher to return to our school as the teacher of the Class of 2021.
She was pleased to be asked to guide this group of talented, clever and lively young adults on their journey from the Renaissance through to modern times. Debora Oese-Lloyd has been fortunate to
spend the first half of her childhood on a dairy farm in Upstate New York. The many purposeful activities of a farm were able to quench her thirst for movement and curiosity about the world. Her parents were both art teachers and artists and she spent her adolescence in the cultured world of the Metropolitan New York area. Here she pursued her interests in art, dance, drama and gymnastics.
Her quest to understand how the universe is put together and a  human being’s role in it has led to teach in inner city Canadian schools, in Dene schools in the NWT, and Waldorf Schools in Calgary, Vancouver, Santa Fe and here in Nelson.She has even experienced the joy of the learning relationship and the intrepid human spirit in the far reaches of the Siberian wilderness.
Her incessant love of learning recognizes the potential that is inherent in Waldorf education as a tool of transformation not only for the students but also for the teacher. and the school community.
Class 8 Play a Resounding Success!

The Nelson Waldorf School grade 8 class staged not one, but two amazing performances (with two different casts) of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Nelson. Congratulations to class 8 (and all the hard, hard working parent volunteers and teachers) for giving us such a wonderful theatre show.

Thanks also to Thomas Nowaczynski for the amazing photography  @thomasnowa

Phil Fertey, Education Director (August 2019)

The Nelson Waldorf school is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Education Director position beginning in August 2019 by Philippe (Phil) Fertey.  Phil and his wife Joanne King have returned to the Nelson area, enjoying a year’s sabbatical following Phil’s graduation of his Grade 8 class of 26 students from the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Phil is an inspiring, well respected and experienced Waldorf educator and brings years of teaching and school leadership experience from his years of service in Vancouver and Nelson.   In Vancouver he served as faculty chair, college chair, board member, and is known for his teacher mentoring and parent education sessions. Phil was a long time colleague at the Nelson Waldorf School, taking a class of children from grades 3-8, and doing a second year of gr 8 to graduate his daughter’s class.

Phil and Joanne are well known and connected in wider Waldorf circles. Phil has taught teacher training classes at the West Coast Institute, as well as summer teacher intensives at the Rudolf Steiner Centre (Ontario). This summer, he will also be working with teachers at the Center for Anthroposophy (New Hampshire). Phil is a writer and member of the editorial advisory board for Renewal Magazine. You may recall seeing his articles on the morning handshake or the morning verse. Before being a teacher, Phil was an advertising copywriter and speechwriter for twelve years.

Those of us who know Phil see this as a wonderful step into a flourishing future for the Nelson Waldorf School community. Welcome Phil and Joanne! We are absolutely delighted that our paths have joined once again.

Welcome Ralf Hoerger – Class 1 Teacher (Sept 2019)

The Nelson Waldorf School is very happy to announce that Ralf Hoerger will be joining our team as class one teacher for September 2019.  Ralf will graduate his grade 8 class from the Squamish Waldorf School this coming June, having taught them as a split class since grade one in 2012.

Before taking his class in Squamish, Ralf taught class 1-5 at the Nelson Waldorf school from 2005 – 2010.  In the 2010/11 school year he taught handwork and movement ed at NWS. He began his career in Waldorf education at the Spring Valley Waldorf School in New York State where he was the handwork teacher and Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for various sports.

As you can see Mr. Hoerger brings many years of diverse experience in Waldorf education and we are thrilled that he is rejoining the Nelson Waldorf School community.

Are you interested in being a class teacher at the NWS?

The Nelson Waldorf School is always keen to meet teachers interested in or inquiry about teaching at our school. Our typical class teacher job description is below, but please do contact us (or, if you’re in the area, arrange for a visit) to introduce yourself and make a connection.  We’d love to hear from you!

Class Teacher Job Description:

Class teachers have 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(s) will have excellent class management and organizational skills.

Within kindergarten – grade 8 school teaching, 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.