Teacher, Special Education

New Naschitti Elementary School Shiprock, NM

Revised 12/29/2017

Position: Teacher, Special Education

Supervisor: Principal

Work Site: Assigned School

General Job Description:

To provide guidance and instructional experiences that are academically and developmentally appropriate for each student assigned to that classroom.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Understand and utilize all current laws for special needs students as the guidance for instruction

* Understand and ensure compliance with each Individual Education Program (IEP) for each student on assigned caseload.

* Coordinate and facilitate IEP meetings for students on the assigned caseload including the annual review, reevaluation, and other IEP review meeting.

* Demonstrate knowledge of the content area(s) and approved curriculum.

* Differentiate instructional methods and resources in each area taught.

* Recognize student diversity and create an atmosphere conducive to the promotion of positive student involvement and self-concept.

* Demonstrate a willingness to examine and implement change.

* Communicate accurately and effectively in the content area and maintain a professional rapport with students.

* Comprehend the principles of student growth, development and learning, and apply them appropriately.

* Obtain feedback from and communicate with students in a manner that enhances student learning and understanding.

* Utilize a variety of teaching methods and resources for each area taught. Use appropriate techniques, strategies, and materials to achieve the desired instructional goal. Understand and apply learning theories.

* Encourage the development of student involvement, responsibility, and critical thinking skills.

* Manage classroom to ensure the best use of instructional time. Develop and implement appropriate classroom management strategies while maintaining high expectations for student behavior.

* Create an atmosphere conducive to learning, self-discipline, and development of realistic and positive self-concepts. Encourage cooperation among students.

* Maintain accurate and complete records as required by the school district, and report progress or lack thereof to parents in a timely manner.

* Take precautions to protect equipment, materials, and facilities.

* Work productively with administration, colleagues, parents, and community.

* Prepare for instruction and show written evidence of preparation.

* Complete duties (hall, bus, etc.) as assigned.

* Leave adequate preparations for a substitute.

* Use current technology for instruction and management.

* Use diagnostic data to improve instructional programs.

* Report suspected child abuse and neglect.

* Be responsible for students on field trips.

* Act as a good role model within the context of the school.

* May supervise educational assistants and student teachers.

* Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as necessary.

* Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence.

* Accept other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the supervisor, in accordance with board policy and New Mexico state statues.

* Comply with all Board of Education policies, administrative regulations, Public Education Department guidelines and local, state and federal laws.

* Perform additional tasks as assigned.


* Bachelor's Degree

* Valid New Mexico teaching license

* Endorsements as required

* Knowledge of Dine language, culture, and history preferred

* Alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent or assigned designee may find appropriate and acceptable

Physical/Job Requirements:

Standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying up to 50 pounds, climbing, bending, reaching, kneeling, driving a vehicle, traveling long distances, writing, typing, work processing, reading, researching information and effective communication skills.

Safety and Health:

* Knowledge of universal hygiene precautions

* Background check

Equipment/Material Handled:

* Multimedia equipment, including current technology

* Equipment/materials relevant to job responsibilities

* Motor vehicle, if necessary – valid driver's license

Work Environment:

* Must be able to work within various degrees of noise, temperature and air quality

* Work interruptions

* Flexibility

* Must be self-motivated and able to complete job assignment without direct supervision

* Must complete applications and assignments within the timeframes allowed

* Extended work hours, on occasion

Terms of Employment:

* Prompt and consistent attendance is an essential requirement of this position

* 185 days annually

* Exempt

* One-year contract

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