Why Work at Mountain Sage?

Why will you want to work at Mountain Sage Community School? Because at Mountain Sage our culture is one of teamwork and quality. We engage in artistic endeavors daily. We get to know our students and their families over time because we practice “looping” and work hard at relationship building. At Mountain Sage we sing together at every faculty meeting. We provide a lot of professional development for our teachers but also commit to renewal and create opportunities to do artistic work together, not just with the students. We reward loyalty by offering bonuses when you have been with us for several years. We are attracting the best and the most imaginative individuals. Come join us and help us change the world one student at a time.

May Your Work Excite Your Heart

by John O’Donohue

May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become worrisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind to those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know work
Which emerges from the mind of love
That will have beauty and form.

May your work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thoughts.

May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

Elementary Grades Teachers, 2021-2022 School Year

Mountain Sage Community School seeks full-time elementary teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. The ideal candidate will desire to continue with the class into future years, as elementary teachers “loop” from grade one to five, with their students, at Mountain Sage.

All teachers play an instrumental role in bringing the vision of our school to life. The ideal candidate will have Waldorf training, or a deep understanding of arts-integrated education, and will be a consummate teaching professional with a passion for co-creation. We look to our teachers to lead in parent education toward building strong support of the educational program. Duties and responsibilities will include those expected of teachers within traditional Waldorf schools and public schools. Weaving Colorado Academic Standards and Waldorf curriculum together is essential to the work of the class teacher at Mountain Sage. Upholding positive and nurturing classroom culture, collaborating with colleagues, and dedication to continual professional development are also essential aspects.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and Elementary PLACE or PRAXIS certification
  • 2+ years classroom teaching experience
  • Ability to stand or sit for an hour or more, as well as work outside in various weather conditions to support student drop off and pick up traffic duties, recess, and other needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience

Compensation

Minimum base salary of $36,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing the Lead Elementary Teacher position should visit our school website prior to applying. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Lead Elementary Teacher” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Forest School Homeschool Enrichment Lead Teacher, 2021-2022 School Year

In the 2021-2022 school year, we will be launching a new Forest School Homeschool Enrichment program 4 days per week. The hours are 7:45am–12:30pm, Monday through Thursday, and attendance at our faculty meetings on Friday afternoons during the school year. This is a part-time position.

Essential Functions

  • Create and deliver of engaging nature based and Waldorf-inspired outdoor lessons/experiences for a variety of ages:
    • Two mornings/week in our Forest Homeschool Enrichment for kindergarteners, 8:30am-12:00pm.
    • Two mornings/week for in our mixed age Forest Homeschool Enrichment for 1st through 3rd graders, 8:30am-12:00pm.
  • Group management/coordination of all outdoor activities and transitions throughout the day. This includes guidance of children ages 5-9, in various outdoor settings, many of whom have not had any traditional schooling.
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of students.
  • Supervision and mentoring of the Forest School Homeschool Enrichment Assistant
  • Parent/guardian work including regular communication, year-end reports, and parent/guardian conferences

The Forest School Homeschool Enrichment Lead will participate in Mountain Sage community events such as faculty meetings and festivals as they play an integral role in supporting student development in the Waldorf-inspired model. Mountain Sage offers professional development opportunities to all teachers and assistants.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and Elementary PLACE or PRAXIS certification
  • Experience leading students in outdoor, natured based settings
  • A love of children and a mature, positive role model who is intuitive and observant
  • Ability to work outdoors with small children in all kinds of weather.
  • Ability and stamina to stand, sit, lift, walk, climb etc.
  • Enthusiasm for Waldorf-inspired education with a willingness deepen their knowledge
  • Interest in working in charter school education
  • Commitment to professional collaboration
  • CPR and First Aid certification

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference given to applicants who are Waldorf-trained or experienced
  • 2+ years classroom and outdoor leadership experience
  • Early childhood and elementary education college course work

Compensation

Minimum base salary of $20,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits, health benefits, and yearly professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Candidates interested in pursuing the part-time Forest School Lead Teacher position should visit our school website prior to applying. We appreciate receiving applications via email. No phone calls please. Please send a cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability, resume, and three professional references. Send to: employment@mountainsage.org. Please indicate “Forest School Lead Teacher” in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications until June 1st or until the position is filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Substitute Teachers

We are currently searching for qualified substitutes for Kindergarten through 8th, two homeschool enrichment classes, all specialty subjects: Integrated Services, Spanish, handwork, games/PE, music, woodworking, gardening, performing arts, etc., and staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Some classroom experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience
  • Colorado Teaching License
  • 2+ years classroom teaching experience

Pay rate

$15 per hour, with PERA benefits

Applications should be submitted via email. No phone calls please. Please send a brief cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability and your specific areas of interest in subbing (e.g. grades, music, Spanish, etc.), and your resume to: nsexton@mountainsage.org . Please indicate Substitute Teacher in the subject line of the email. We will accept applications year round. You will be contacted by the Substitute Coordinator if we are interested in pursuing your application.

Mountain Sage Community School is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Mountain Sage is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mountain Sage Community School embraces equal employment opportunity (EEO) and inclusiveness and maintains a work environment that is free of discrimination. Mountain Sage Community School’s policy is to ensure that no employee or applicant for employment is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, or genetic information.