Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity: Full Time Special Education / Preschool Teacher

SCHEDULE: Full Time, 32-36 hours a week Monday-Thursday
CLASSIFICATION: Professional Exempt
COMPENSATION: DOE

SUMMARY

To provide, plan, & implement an appropriate classroom environment to meet the needs of the special education preschool children.  Assess developmental skills and develop Individual Education Plans for children age 3 to age 5 with disabilities in accordance with Special Education WAC’s.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must hold a degree in special education (early childhood preferred) and have a valid Washington State Special Education credential and/or be enrolled, or will be enrolled, into a program within the first 2 months of hire.
  • Previous experience with young children and/or children with disabilities is strongly recommended to ensure competency and knowledge in: program planning, development and coordination for children with wide range of handicapping conditions and abilities. Needs to be familiar with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) which regulates special education services.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Washington State Special Education teaching credential (and/or enrolled in program), a current CPR and First Aid Certificate, Food Handler’s Permit (or to be scheduled for completion within SPARC personnel guidelines.)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(Include the following but are not limited to, other duties may be assigned)

Teaching

  • Determine appropriate individual program for each student, covering all the developmental areas: fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, self-help, language and social
  • Write objectives for each child for the appropriate skill areas
  • Attend and conduct IEP conferences
  • Develop and maintain data system that provides for on-going information for appropriate program changes
  • Maintain a tracking system of each child’s individual goals and progress
  • Write quarterly progress reports for parents and doctors anon child’s progress in developmental areas using prescribed format as well as special reports when necessary
  • Develop weekly lesson plans appropriate to children’s needs and level of functioning
  • Develop Individual Education Plan (IEP) with the family and rewrite annually with support from Sped. Supervisor
  • Develop/modify materials as needed for class activities and provide a list of materials and supply needs to supervisor
  • Organize and maintain instructional setting to maximize child’s learning abilities
  • Communicate and coordinate child’s program with other professionals involved (OT/PT, SLP, teachers, etc.)
  • Attend and participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings if needed
  • Facilitate at staff meetings discussion on best ways to implement objectives and resolve problems of identified children currently experiencing difficulties in the classroom.

Parents

  • Establish and maintain communication with parents
  • Provide parents with resources and reaching techniques to facilitate home instructions
  • Attend school/parents meetings
  • Schedule conferences with parents

Professional

  • Participate as a constructive team member in the educational environment
  • Take daily attendance of students
  • Be cognizant of, document, and report if necessary any incident of possible abuse or neglect that may come to attention. Also, report to your supervisor
  • Attend staff meetings dealing with on-going discussion of children’s program and provide current information that is relevant to the professionals involved with the child’s progress
  • Participate in decisions of placement of child in appropriate classroom and services
  • Share in overall program decisions, e.g.: weekly themes
  • Attend and participate and/or offer in service activities that ensure continuous professional growth such as workshops, conferences, conventions, classes and in services
  • Notify Educational Program Director of major changes, special material requests, assessment request, consultation about children or programs, unresolved personnel difficulties, etc.
  • Notify Educational Program Director of program changes, personnel and administrative matters: time-off, absences, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise activities of instructional assistants, paraprofessional trainees and volunteers assigned
  • Meet with such personnel on regular basis
  • Complete evaluations and supervised personnel as required or requested

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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 may be required to spend periods of time

  • Sitting on the floor
  • Stooping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting children up to fifty pounds
  • Bending over/down to children’s level
  • Physically restraining a child (when incorporated in his/her behavior plan

BENEFITS

  • Medical & Dental Insurance
  • Sick Pay
  • Simple IRA
  • FSA Account
  • Work related mileage reimbursement
  • Continuing Education Funds

TO APPLY

Email Resume to Vanessa Hagerty, Lead Special Education Teacher, vanessa@sparckids.org

Download Application PDF: Application

Employment Opportunity: Substitute 

SCHEDULE: As needed Monday – Thursday (On Call)
CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt
COMPENSATION: $13.39 per hour

SUMMARY

Will be working in an Early Intervention and Preschool classrooms as an instructional assistant with special needs children ages 2-5.

REQUIREMENTS

Must be 18 years of age, provide ID (such as Drivers License, ID card or Passport) and pass a Washington State DSHS background check

TO APPLY

Vanessa Hagerty, Lead FRC & Lead Special Education Teacher     vanessa@sparckids.org

Download Application PDF: Application