Under the direction and guidance of the Director, this position is responsible for the on-going assessment of students’ grade level and academic needs, designing and implementing appropriate lesson plans, teaching students with special education or alternative education needs, managing classroom dynamics and behavior, and providing immediate supervision of assigned Assistant Teacher(s) and Counselor(s). All work is implemented using a systems approach within the psycho-educational model, and using proven and creative teaching techniques.
All work is performed safely, effectively, to the highest ethical standards, and in accordance with regulatory and accrediting standards and St. Joseph’s Villa’s mission, values, and guiding principles.
Maintains sight and sound supervision of students.
Administers and interprets standardized assessment and diagnostic instruments.
Designs appropriate and complete lesson plans, including objectives, modalities, and tools to assess learning, to support individual student development and to comply with mandated requirements such as Standards of Learning (SOL) and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), when applicable.
Ensures appropriate and sufficient learning materials and resources are available for all students.
Implements research-based classroom instruction, incorporating computer technology as appropriate. Evaluates students’ mastery of the material and modifies delivery modalities as needed.
Arranges field trips appropriate to the instructional content and ages and abilities of the students.
Assists with treatment decisions concerning students and with follow-through on those decisions.
Provides instruction in life skills development in coordination with other professional staff.
Uses approved behavior management techniques to work with students in crisis.
Prepares regular reports on student’s progress including report cards, interim report cards, and IEP progress reports, when applicable. Tracks student attendance and reports absences to Operations Coordinator.
Confers weekly with guardian or parent(s) to apprise them of student’s progress and performance. Serves as a resource to parents to understand and implement behavioral change techniques and to support their child’s education.
Contacts guardian or parent(s) when serious incident (SIR) occurs.
Advises Director of any performance issues in the classroom, whether student or staff-based. Reports any unsafe condition or maintenance matters to Director.
Assists in planning, coordinating, and implementing therapeutic recreational activities in conjunction with other staff.
Develops curriculum and selects materials for the classroom in collaboration with the Director
Identifies inappropriately placed children and recommends, with supporting reasoning, alternative educational setting. Assists in the process of discharge planning.
Models appropriate professional behavior and dress.
Assesses educational software or texts as assigned and makes recommendations for purchase or leasing.
Promotes good community relations and utilizes needed community services.
Participates in staff meetings and other staff and program group activities, including after school and evening programs, essential for the operation of an effective psycho-educational program. Assumes active role in designing and implementing in-service training programs on innovations in the field.
May voluntarily support student athletics, arts, and/or other extracurricular activities.
Evaluates work processes and methods and submits recommendations for continuous quality improvement.
Attends scheduled training programs for professional development that includes, at a minimum, trainings required by St. Joseph’s Villa and by regulatory and accrediting bodies.
Performs other duties as assigned.
BS/BA degree in mathematics education with a current and valid Virginia teaching license with endorsement in mathematics. MS degree in Special Education K-12 and Virginia Teaching certification preferred. One year classroom experience with non-traditional educational practices such as project-based learning, problem-based learning, and/or methods of differentiated instruction. Proficient with Windows, Outlook, internet research, assistive technology, and MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with proprietary software preferred. Valid VA driver’s license with excellent driving record.