Employment at Willowwind

Willowwind School is always looking for excellent teachers who love children and are passionate about their intellectual, social, emotional, and artistic growth. Applicants must possess Elementary licensure in the State of Iowa, or have the ability to do so. Candidates must also demonstrate strong teaching ability, possess superb recommendations, and have excellent communication and organization skills. Applications and interviews occur on an ongoing and as needed basis.

Why teach at Willowwind?

A teacher at Willowwind has the opportunity to create a different kind of learning environment – one that is directed by student interests and curiosities. Teachers at Willowwind facilitate great student growth and set the stage for self-directed learning, which fosters an ethic of independence and responsibility.

A teacher at Willowwind engages children in deep learning, one that focuses on big questions and strong thematic connections. Our teaching standards are high and teachers are well supported by an experienced staff of educators. 

A teacher at Willowwind writes curriculum and develops inquiry-based projects that engage students in hands-on, active learning. 

A teacher at Willowwind partners with parents and works to strengthen mutual trust and strong home-school connections.

A teacher at Willowwind uses technology to further student learning, facilitate strong family communication, and keep track of student progress.  

Current Openings


Assistant Montessori Preschool Teacher

The Assistant Preschool Teacher is responsible for working with students, individually and in small groups, as well as assisting the Classroom Teacher with all daily classroom procedures and routines.  Must be dependable, responsible, and have an excellent rapport with small children.  Previous early childhood education experience is preferred.

Hours:  40 hours per week

Wage:  $13-$15 plus benefits

Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to Willowwind Head of School, Michelle Beninga (michelleb@willowwind.org).


Spanish Teacher

Willowwind’s Foreign Language teacher will work with a range of students, preschool through sixth grade (ages 3-12) to further foreign language capabilities and cultural understanding through a project-based curriculum. Teacher responsibilities include developing foreign language curriculum that will include both cultural and language studies.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Spanish (oral and written fluency), and
prior elementary education and language teaching experience. All applicants must have a current
State of Iowa Elementary Education teaching license with a Spanish and/ or Foreign Language
endorsement. All foreign language classes are conducted in the target language. Compensation
based upon experience.

Hours: Part-time up to 25 hours per week, August 2018 - June 2019

Wage: Compensation based upon experience. 

Interested candidates should direct questions to and email cover letter and resume to Willowwind Head of School, Michelle Beninga (michelleb@willowwind.org).

Willowwind School (WWS) shall provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws, directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies and agencies. WWS shall take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment and advancement of women, minorities and the disabled. Employees shall be given notice of this policy annually.
Individuals who file an application with WWS will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the WWS administration, the Board of Trustees, and the Department of Education for the position for which they apply. In employing school district personnel, WWS administration shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to age (except for students), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, race, national origin, color, religion, and creed. In keeping with the law, WWS shall consider the veteran status of applicants.