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Special Education Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 09/07/2020
School Name Yellow Wood Academy
City, State Mercer Island, WA 
Posted 09/08/2020

Special Education Teacher - Small Groups and One-on-One

Teach at a school where students' individual needs are the cornerstone of every program.

Yellow Wood Academy is the school for students who operate outside the box of traditional education. Our community of teachers and educators spend time with our students to develop a hand-crafted plan for each student and then we teach them either one-on-one or in tiny classes designed for peer learning. Our 100% special education inclusive environment integrates students of all areas of ability, learning challenges, and acceleration so they can learn at their own pace and in their own style while growing into a community of learners together.

Teachers must be prepared to teach on campus or online.

Learn more about our program on our website, www.yellowwoodacademy.org

Position Summary

YWA teachers have the opportunity to work with all ages of our students, although most of our enrollment is 6th-12th grade. None of our teachers is restricted to a single department or subject area and we highly value applicants with a diverse range of teaching competencies. All of our teachers work with students both in small groups as well as one-on-one.

As a YWA teachers you will be supported by our whole team including fellow teachers working with the same student, a Cohort Leader who will help you day-to-day, Deans of Students who provide detailed advice on each student, and our Student Services Team who design IEPs, accommodations, and coordinate our Special Ed services

Position Logistics

YWA is currently hiring for 10-month, salaried positions, with summers off for certified SPED teachers.

Temporarily, in response to COVID-19, most of our teachers are teaching online, however some on campus opportunities are available if desired.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following is a list of general job responsibilities for a 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Track and use multiple student data elements to assess student progress, identify behavior patterns, modify instruction, and improve student learning.
  • Communicate with parents regularly as a member of their student’s team.
  • 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.


  • Curriculum design/altering
  • Fundamental alignment with YWA’s principles
  • Commitment to maintaining high standards for student achievement
  • Highest degree of ethics and confidentiality
  • Professional composure with minors and families
  • Independent competency using Google Suite, including Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar
  • Professional comportment in verbal and written communication

Physical Demands and 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, a minimum of an hour at a time. You will be required to use a screen for long periods of time.

How to Apply:

Email your resume at jobs@yellowwoodacademy.org

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