Employment at Swallowtail School

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Swallowtail is a Waldorf school that, in recent years, has experienced rapid growth and great interest from urban and rural families. The school is recognized by AWSNA and WECAN.

Swallowtail serves students from Preschool through Grade 8. There is one preschool, two mixed-age kindergartens and one class for each grade.

Our main campus is in Cornelius, Oregon, which is about a 30-minute drive west of Portland.

Swallowtail began in 1995 in a small cabin as a Waldorf-inspired school with a focus on environmental education and the arts. Today it is located in a 26,000 square foot building that the school purchased in 2016, still holding true to the intentions of its founder.

Our main campus features large, thoughtfully designed classrooms with ample storage, with dedicated rooms for music, Spanish, handwork, and science. There is also a library and a multi-purpose room used for eurythmy, class plays, assemblies, and school meetings. The building is on 6 acres, which also includes plenty of trees, a very large field, playground, covered basketball court, and early childhood play yard. There is currently a master landscaping plan for the new site that will bring an abundance of trees, bushes, gardens, and natural play spaces to the campus over the next 10 years.

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In addition to our main campus in Cornelius, Swallowtail also has a farm campus in nearby Hillsboro. The farm campus is loved and revered by faculty, staff, and the entire community of students and parents. The 26-acre farm supports the Waldorf curriculum from Early Childhood through Grade 8. Each class spends a minimum of two weeks of the school year on the farm. Teachers lead their classes in building, planting, and clean-up projects. It is also a working farm, with a farmer and intern who raise animals and grow produce for a weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

The farm campus hosts the entire Swallowtail community throughout the year for traditional Waldorf festivals including Michaelmas, Harvest Faire, Lantern Walk, and May Faire. The kindergartens through grade 8 spend the first week of each school year on the farm campus. That week is referred to as "outdoor school", and is a cherished tradition that bids one last farewell to summer as we enter a season of routine and cooler weather.

A teacher who joins the Swallowtail faculty will preferably have experience, or a great interest, in weaving outdoor education into the Waldorf curriculum. Swallowtail teachers find their work on the farm to be incredibly enriching for themselves and their students.

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Swallowtail’s lead class teachers all have Waldorf teacher training. The early childhood teachers are supported by assistant teachers who have classroom or childcare experience, and an Administrator who has both Waldorf classroom experience and Waldorf administrative training.

The teachers at Swallowtail honor the individuality and gifts of each child. They are at various stages in their Waldorf teaching careers. Many of the teachers are seasoned, on their second or third journey through the grades, while others are called to Swallowtail as a first job in Waldorf education. All the teachers have a deep commitment to Waldorf education.

Swallowtail teachers are the heart of the school community, serving on the Board of Trustees, the Parent Association, and taking lead roles in planning the school’s annual festivals. They are a source of information and support for parents and for each other.

Teachers who are hired for lead positions at Swallowtail will have classroom experience, Waldorf teacher training, a love and enthusiasm for teaching, and a dedication to Waldorf education.



Swallowtail Waldorf School & Farm is in a location where teachers can enjoy a rural and urban setting:

  • Twenty minutes to the south is Oregon’s award-winning and stunning wine country

  • One hour to the west are Oregon’s picturesque beaches

  • 30 minutes to the east is the hip city of Portland, with excellent restaurants and cultural events

  • A little over an hour away is the historic Columbia Gorge, which has excellent hiking

  • Also an hour away is the Cascade Mountain Range, which is rich with outdoor adventures in winter and summer

Swallowtail families primarily reside in nearby Hillsboro, with a growing number coming from Forest Grove, Cornelius, North Plains, and Gaston. A handful of families also travel from Northwest Portland.

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Swallowtail has a few openings for the 2018-19 school year:

Early Childhood Substitutes - We are seeking to increase our pool of substitutes for both Early Childhood and the Grades. Email Sacha@SwallowtailSchool.org if you are interested in being a sub at Swallowtail.

Early Childhood Substitutes will have:

  • Experience working children ages 3-6

  • Excellent classroom management skills

  • Warm demeanor and good communicator

  • Mandatory background check and current First Aid Certification

Thank you for your interest in Swallowtail School!