Special Education Coordinator
Sussex Montessori School was approved as a charter school by the Delaware Department of Education in April 2018, with an expectation to open grades K through 3 in Fall 2020, then to add one grade per year to eventually serve children in grades K through 6. The Sussex Montessori School Board believes that the creation of a Montessori public school in Sussex County, DE will improve student learning, allow for greater choice for parents, and serve as a model for alternative approaches to education by providing a proven and innovative teaching and learning environment.
The mission of Sussex Montessori School is to nurture the development of empathetic, collaborative, persistent and innovative global and community citizens in accordance with the time-tested philosophy of Maria Montessori, through authentic personalized learning experiences, respectful relationships, opportunities to innovate, and a focus on global citizenship.
The school is located in Seaford, Delaware, which is a diverse rural area with a thriving Hispanic population as well as growing Haitian community.
The Special Education Teacher and Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Teaching and Learning, and is responsible for providing instruction, direction, assistance, foresight, and intervention for supported students including leading the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) process at Sussex Montessori School, in accordance with each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Education Plans (504 Plans) accommodations and goals.
- Provide instruction in accordance with students’ IEPs and 504 Plans
- Provide administrative support for the coordination, planning, implementation, and follow-up of meetings for IEPs and child study meetings
- Maintain coherent and organized records regarding communication and updates with parents, IEPs, meetings, student data, and tracking systems
- Assist teacher in development and execution of instructional goals, benchmarks to be used, and creating and adjusting accommodations
- Regularly communicate with all special and regular education staff members to provide support and guidance in appropriate delivery of services, disseminate any information and changes to policies and procedures as indicated by federal and state regulations
- Provide modeling, assistance, and guidance to teachers and paraprofessionals in the adaptation of curriculum, methods, and materials to meet the unique needs of special education students
- Participate in the recruitment, selection, and hiring process for teachers and support staff members as needed
- Review and audit all IEP documents and expiration dates for compliance with legal procedural guidelines
- Collaborate with speech pathologist, school psychologist, occupational therapist, and other outside agencies to coordinate services, documentation, and requirements
- Attend meetings and trainings with the Delaware Department of Education as needed and required
- Ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations
- Support the monitoring and assessment of students (where needed) using the Multi-Tier System of Supports model through collaboration with teachers
- Attend and support all child study meetings
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Special Education from a regionally accredited college or university
- Successful teaching experience (majority or all in special education preferred)
- Delaware certification in Early Childhood Special Education Teacher or Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
- Demonstrated understanding of diversity, educational equity, and multicultural education
- Master’s Degree in Special Education from a regionally accredited college or university
- At least 7 years of successful teaching experience (majority or all in special education preferred)
- At least 2 years of successful instructional leadership experience
- Montessori experience
- Knowledge of IEP Plus and eSchool systems
- Fluent in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole
You must submit the following documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered:
- A resume that clearly indicates that you possess the required qualifications, and that indicates which preferred qualifications and additional relevant qualifications you would bring to this position.
- A one-page cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position
- Contact information for three professional references
Interested applicants should complete an application on www.joindelawareschools.org[GC1]
This is a 40-hour/week, 11-month position. A criminal background check, Child Protective Registry check, and tuberculosis test is required.
Selection Procedure: Equal Employment Opportunity:
Sussex Montessori School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans.