Special Education Teacher-autism

Walla Walla Public Schools Walla Walla, WA

The special education teacher will create a classroom environment that implements the district approved articulated curriculum to provide a positive learning experience for special education students. This includes providing each student with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to lead self-sufficient, healthy, productive, socially responsible lives to the best of their individual potential in their least restrictive environment.


* Demonstrate ability to design, implement, and evaluate effective academic, adaptive, social/emotional, behavioral, and sensory integration activities for students identified with Autism.

* Develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs) which include measurable goals/objectives identified as needed by their most recent Evaluation. Participate in meetings and/or be able to develop plans for intervention that include functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, aversive therapy plans, and any other programming that may be needed for individual student progress and growth.

* Exhibit strong skills in STAR/TEACCH/ABA instructional strategies that can be carried over into the classroom via material preparation and appropriate lesson plans. Establish individual daily schedules appropriate to individual programming.

* Possess a working knowledge of current special education regulations, issues, and various service delivery models for students with various degrees of Autism. Be familiar with students who have Autism plus additional needs in the areas of vision, hearing, motor, and cognitive function.

* Utilize effective written communication skills for the purposes of data/chart creation, data monitoring, written reports, IEP writing, IEP Progress Reports, and other related duties as necessary.

* Possess strong oral communication skills in order to work with building staff effectively, plus develop meaningful collaborative relationships between school and home with parents/guardians.

* Provide training to para-educators in the areas of instructional strategies, behavior management, fine and gross motor, and sensory integration needs. Support classified staff so they are able to assist students where needed in both the Autism classroom and general education classes.

* Exhibit strong skills and willingness to consult and collaborate with other Special Education and General Education staff as needed/required.

* Possess a positive attitude about students and their needs (even when substantial), and show a willingness to be flexible and change as needed to enhance student learning and growth.

* Attend and participate in all required staff meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the district and/or building administrator in order to accomplish the objectives of the position including, but not limited to, on-going professional staff development, Learning Improvement Days and WAAS Portfolio Training, and Common Core Training.

* Maintain confidentiality as required by law in all appropriate situations, adhere to the educational code of ethics, and support/uphold district policies and procedures.


Reports to the Building Administrator and the Director of Special Education as appropriate.


May be required to deal with distraught students/parents/staff.


May be exposed to infectious diseases; may require restraint certification and ability to use restraint protocols.


Education and Experience

* Bachelor's degree with special education endorsement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

* Knowledge and skill in instructional principles, methods and techniques for special populations.

* Knowledge of state/federal special education requirements and laws.

* Ability to develop annual appropriate Individual Education Plans.

* Knowledge of current state/ district assessments, and graduation requirements.

* Knowledge of developmental disabilities.

* Knowledge and implementation of district adopted curricula.

* Commitment and ability to work with a full range of students.

* Skill in classroom management, student discipline and developing positive techniques for improving student behavior.

* Ability to maintain confidentiality.

* Ability to establish and maintain positive effective working relationships with a variety of students, staff, and community in a multicultural, and diverse socio-economic setting.

* Ability to participate collaboratively in teams.

* Ability to continue participation in staff development to maintain professional skills.

* Ability to serve as a role model and treat students as individuals in a professional manner.

* Ability to meet and maintain punctuality and attendance expectations.

* Ability to maintain confidentiality.

* Skills in organizational techniques.

* Ability to effectively integrate technology resources into the curriculum.

Licenses/Special Requirements

* Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.

* Valid Washington State Special Education Teaching Certificate with appropriate endorsements per OSPI.

* Must participate in district approved de-escalation and restraint training.

* May require current First Aid and CPR certification.

* Completed Employment Application/ Background Check.

* Must complete Walla Walla Public Schools Risk Management and Bloodborne Pathogens Training upon hire.


Washington State Teachers Salary Schedule


The preceding list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

The Walla Walla School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Walla Walla School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact (509) 527-3000. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator

Title IX Coordinator Section 504/ADA Coordinator

Liz Campeau, Director of HR Libby Thompson, Director of Special Education

364 S. Park Street 364 S. Park Street

Walla Walla, WA 99362 Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 527-3000 (509) 527-3000

lcampeau@wwps.org lthompson@wwps.org