Returning Class 1 Teacher for Fall 2017

It is with great delight that the faculty and board of the Nelson Waldorf School announces the hiring of Tanya Thayer as Class One teacher for September 2017.  Tanya graduated her grade 8 class in June 2016 after a wonderful 8 year journey at the Nelson Waldorf School. It is a very strengthening experience for our school when a teacher chooses to return for a second cycle of teaching.  Tanya brings her rich experience as a class teacher and  board member, parent of two children who have attended Nelson Waldorf School and experience on many mandates and committees.

We are grateful that Tanya was able to take a year of rest from teaching, although she remained extremely involved in the parent realm. Most recently she has been volunteering in the Lion King Spring musical, and now is returning to us with great enthusiasm to take up her new task.

Class One Information Meeting

Wednesday May 3rd, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Call 250 352 6919 for more info.

Tanya Thayer – Class 1 Teacher 2017/2018

Tanya moved to Nelson with her two children, Bethany and Sierra, and husband, Iain, from Eugene, Oregon in 2007. Tanya has worked for over 20 years in some capacity with children and in education. My first job as a teacher was when I was 17. I spent one summer as a volunteer counselor at Camp Easter Seals in Vashaugn, Washington. I knew after spending a half-hour teaching a woman in her twenties with Down Syndrome how to tie a knot that I wanted to be a teacher. I just felt a tremendous sense of fulfillment in helping others learn.

Tanya’s education includes a B.A. in Elementary Education (1993), a Masters Degree in Curriculum (2000), and Waldorf Teaching Training (2007). Her teaching practicum was at NWS. Tanya’s teaching experience is wide-ranging. She has been an elementary teacher in a rural farming community, an Inner-city Native American alternative school, and a village in a remote island in the Pacific, and she has also been a preschool director, substitute teacher, camp counselor, parent volunteer aide in her daughters schools, and, of course, a mother of two in her home.

It was Tanya’s experience as a mother that led her to search for the best form of education that she could find for her children and for her growth as a teacher. I learned about Waldorf education through a parent of a Waldorf student. I was curious and so did some research, then attended a Windows on Waldorf tour of the school and decided that this was what I had been looking for in education. The rest is history.

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Kindergarten Teacher September 2017

The Nelson Waldorf School is seeking a Waldorf Trained and experienced teacher for a potential 3rd Kindergarten in September 2017.

This position is a full-time permanent position with responsibilities to include delivering the Waldorf Curriculum, student assessments, and goals, collegial faculty responsibilities, as well as parent communication and relationships. Teacher base salary is $42,500 with incremental consideration for work experience in Waldorf Schools. Benefits include medical, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Tuition Benefit is available to all employees.

The Nelson Waldorf School is a flourishing school of 170 students from Kindergarten to Class Eight and we are committed to excellence in our education. Our eight class teachers are Waldorf trained and experienced. We offer a full Waldorf program for our students which includes Eurythmy, Music, French, Handwork, Woodwork and Movement Education. Our Middle School students engage in a wide variety of Outdoor Education experiences. We work strongly with Kim John Payne’s Social Inclusion approach and have an administrator for this work who also works closely with the academic needs of our students. Our Pedagogical Administrator has taught three class cycles at our school and mentors all of our teachers as well as supporting parent work throughout the school.

The Nelson Waldorf School is situated in a rural setting, on a beautiful mountainside 5 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.

Preference will be given to candidates with Waldorf Teacher Training and experience but we are open to speaking to teachers who have certification and are pursuing or are willing to pursue Waldorf Teacher training.

Please submit resume and three references to