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Special Education Teacher - Math/Science


Position Type Teacher
Start 09/01/2020
School Name Yellow Wood Academy
City, State Mercer Island, WA 
Posted 01/14/2020

Title of Job: Special Education Teacher

YWA is seeking a Math and/or Science SPED Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

Start Date: 09/01/2020


About Yellow Wood Academy:

Yellow Wood Academy is a non-profit, nationally accredited, K-12 school, located on Mercer Island, Washington. Our professional team of teachers act as student profile experts to individualize their one-on-one and small group classes to fit each student’s ability, temperament, passion, and learning style. Our team acts as a community to help every student at Yellow Wood Academy thrive academically and socially.

Diversity Statement:

In a complex world, creative ideas and solutions are best formed by the widest range of perspectives. Therefore, Yellow Wood Academy welcomes a diverse community, and believes that a diverse community is essential to a healthy education. Further, we believe that such a community includes and embraces a range of differences in learning style, race, color, creed, religion, ethnic and national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and life experience. We therefore foster and encourage respect for human differences, growth of the individual, and diversity within the school population.

Position Description:

Designs and implements accommodated lessons for students both with and without a district IEP and oversee the implementation of a caseload of students with their general education teachers.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Curriculum design and teaching of students both with and without and IEP
  • Oversee the accommodations implemented for a caseload of students by their Gen ed teachers
  • Report IEP and SPED information directly to the District Services Team
  • Serve as a SPED expert for a team of Gen Ed teachers

Primary Objectives:

The objective of the SPED teacher is to ensure that the students on their caseload are provided with accommodate education using research based methods both by the SPED teacher themselves as well as their Gen Ed teachers.

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

The following is a list of general job responsibilities for a SPED Teacher position. This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities, and qualification for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills and perform other related work as required or assigned.

  • Special Education Specialization
    • Plan and provide clear, differentiated, and intentionally focused instruction based on individual student portfolios which may include where applicable: goals, intended future path, interests, strengths, disability information, accommodations, and IEPs
    • Oversee IEP data collection of a caseload of students
    • Assist Gen Ed teachers in their cohort in working with students requiring accommodation
    • Serve as primary SPED teacher for their caseload of students
    • Track and use multiple student data elements to assess student progress, identify behavior patterns, modify instruction, and improve student learning
  • Teaching & Instruction
    • Implement effective teaching practices to facilitate student academic achievement, behavior management, and social skills
    • Instruct students in one-to-one and/or small group settings
    • Recognize individual student learning needs and develop strategies to address those needs for the purpose of promoting individual achievement
    • Consistently foster and manage a safe and positive learning environment
    • Communicate with parents regularly as a member of their student’s team
  • Team Membership
    • Attend staff meetings, professional development, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to improve professional competence
    • Lead and participate in student activities such as clubs, field trips, school functions, and/or advisory committees
    • Substitute for other teachers as needed
    • Collaborate with Department Leads and the Leadership Team to foster positive school culture and enhance student experience

Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of SPED best practices
  • Ability to develop and implement accommodations
  • Knowledge of a variety of common learning disabilities

Education and Experience

Degree or equivalent experience:

  • Current WA SPED Teaching Certificate (Required)
  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)

Years of experience:

  • 1 year exp in SPED education (preferred)
  • 1 year exp in one-to-one education (preferred)

Specialized training in:

  • Autism spectrum accommodations (preferred)
  • ADHD accommodations (preferred)
  • Dyslexia/Dysgraphia accommodations (preferred)

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time. In this position, you must be able to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.


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