SPED Teacher K-5 (Resource/Co-Teach)
Job Title: Special Education Teacher (FLSA: Exempt)
Job Objectives: Germantown Municipal School District’s Special Education Teacher staff members are expected to provide best instructional practices in ensuring that students have a quality educational experience evident by socio-emotional growth and academic achievement.
Tennessee licensure and/or licensure eligibility in the state of Tennessee.
Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
- Teach and instruct in subject matter areas commonly found in a comprehensive elementary/middle school education program.
- Utilize an adopted course of study, instructional program guidelines, and other materials in planning and developing lesson plans and teaching outlines.
- Pursue a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing pupils, including lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and laboratory experiences.
- Conduct teaching and instructional activities, using educational equipment, materials, books, and other learning aids.
- Provides instruction in citizenship and other subject matter specified by legal mandate, District policy, and administrative regulations.
- Plan, develop, and utilize a variety of instructional materials and aids appropriate to the intellectual and instructional level of pupils from varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and who possess a range of mental and emotional maturity.
- Review, analyze and evaluate the history, background and assessment of pupils in designing instructional programs to meet individual educational needs.
- Individualize and adapt educational processes and procedures to enhance pupil educational opportunities.
- Provide group and individual instruction to motivate pupils, and effectively utilize the time available for instructional activities.
- Maintain appropriate standards of pupil behavior, using behavioral management strategies and techniques, including positive reinforcement and behavior shaping procedures.
- Review, analyze, evaluate, and report pupil academic, social, and emotional growth.
- Prepare, administer, score, record, and report the results of criterion referenced tests, and administer, scores, records and reports the results of group-standardized tests in evaluating pupil growth and progress.
- Counsel, confer with and communicate with parents, school and District personnel regarding pupil progress, and in the interpretation of the educational program.
- Cooperatively pursue alternative solutions to ameliorate pupil-learning problems, and to enhance expanded academic, social and emotional growth opportunities.
- Maintain an effective learning environment through the proper control of heating, lighting, and ventilation, and the utilization of exhibits, displays, and independent study centers.
- Select and requisition appropriate educational supplies, materials, books, equipment, and learning aids.
- Perform a variety of non-instructional duties, including curriculum and instructional development activities, student supervision, and consultation activities.
- Be prepared to perform the job in accordance with the Teacher Evaluation Plan as established by the District and approved by the State Department of Education.
- Skills and Abilities Required:
- Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels.
- Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing contemporary families.
- Deep understanding of the various school environments and commitment to improving student achievement.
- Works successfully alone or on a team.
- Makes decisions using data and technology.
- Exhibits strong focus on goals and results. Sets clear metrics for success.
- Motivates, inspires, and moves students to action to achieve ambitious goals.
Supervisory Responsibility: Supervises students as designated on the class roster. Also supervises students in general common areas when class is not in session.
Working Conditions: Standard classroom environment