Walden Center and School is a leader in progressive elementary education and collective administration. Our school has a rich history of teaching creative minds and alternative thinkers over the last 60 years, with a strong commitment to a fully-integrated arts curriculum. All of our students have Spanish, Music, Drama, and Visual Art with specialists twice weekly. Here you’ll find child-centered education at its best. Our approach to teaching makes learning a multisensory, joyful, and lasting experience. We cultivate a diverse community of learners, families, and teachers to create a secure and textured learning environment. Walden students love to go to school. We are a school run by a collective. Decision making is consensus-based. We are a small school with big ideas and a big heart where children love to learn and teachers love to teach. If you have a vision of building a close-knit community, of working with kids, parents, and a small committed team of teachers, this may be the engaging, invigorating, satisfying job you are looking for.

Kindergarten Teacher

We are seeking a kindergarten teacher to start in Fall 2019, someone who has experience with whole-child education encompassing academic, social, emotional, and physical development, and who loves teaching children.

Job Description:

This position is for teaching kindergarten, using a self-developed curriculum. Our teachers integrate arts and play-based learning in their lessons, in a hands-on, meaningful way. Walden teachers practice flexibility, openness, and keen observation to fully engage students and support their joy of learning. We believe that this approach honors different learning styles and life experiences. We utilize a variety of assessment tools to inform our teaching, and do not administer formal tests or give grades.

In addition to classroom teaching, the Kindergarten teacher will become part of our teaching collective. This means helping to run our school by way of weekly staff meetings, committee work, and other administrative duties with a focus on process as well as performance.

Responsibilities Include:

• Create an engaging and developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory program.
• Prepare hands-on, project-based lessons grounded in constructivist principles
• Communicate effectively about student learning and behavior with student’s others teachers.
• Contribute to weekly notes home regarding curriculum, special events, and classroom needs.
• Attend parent teacher conferences in the Fall and Spring and as needed throughout the year.
• Meet with a mentor once a week for the first 2 years.

• Meet weekly for staff meeting from 3-6 pm.
• Participate in collectively administrating the school using a consensus model
• Help to organize child visits for incoming students and participate in admissions decisions
• Serve on administrative committees to support the school (after first 2 years)
• Attend and support community events and assemblies


• 3+ years experience teaching at the lower elementary and/or preschool level
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Knowledge of child development prenatal to age 7
• Experience with activity-based, hands-on learning, constructivist teaching
• Ability to design an inspiring, child-centered, and age-appropriate, multi-sensory curriculum
• Experience planning and implementing an integrated academic unit
• Strong classroom management skills
• Ability to adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of learners
• Familiarity with social-emotional learning curricula and/or anti-bullying programs
• Ability to create lessons that incorporate anti-bias approaches
• Ability and desire to build a classroom community
• Experience with and enjoys working in a collaborative environment
• Flexibility in problem-solving classroom and administrative issues
• Ability to work within a diverse community of students, parents, and teachers
• Commitment to participate in collectively administering the school using a consensus model
• Excellent communication skill


  • Responsive Classroom experience
  • Experience teaching lower elementary grades
  • California Multiple-Subjects Credential


This is currently a full-time, salaried position. Competitive salary and benefits.Please send a resume and cover letter addressing your philosophy of education to hiring@waldencenterschool.org and add “Kindergarten Teacher Hiring” to the subject line.