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Learning Skills Specialist Teacher

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website Epiphany School

About the role

Epiphany School seeks a seasoned learning skills specialist teacher to join a small department of three beginning August 2024. The person in this role will work across grade levels (K – 5th) to create individualized programs for students enrolled in the Learning Skills Program. This includes planning and delivering curriculum in a remedial as well as classroom setting, teaching and supervising students, assessing and evaluating students, managing the learning skills department resources and materials, communicating with families in a variety of settings, and participating in robust professional learning and school community events.

The individual who will be successful in this role will uphold Epiphany School values, bring a growth mindset with a wide range of knowledge and experience in supporting those with learning differences, delight in teaching children in this stage of development, work to develop student efficacy and self-advocacy, and contribute to strong and positive collaboration within a team.

This is a full-time, exempt, academic year position, reporting to the Upper Division Head.

What you’ll do

Primary Learning Skills Specialist Teacher Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, deliver, and assess remedial or curricular support sessions for children based on their academic needs, strengths, affinities, and learning preferences
  • Write progress reports for students in learning skills sessions
  • Co-facilitate parent/teacher conferences of learning skills students
  • Create, share (with parents and teachers), and implement Student Success Plans to address specific student needs in K – 5th grade
  • Participate and contribute to the learning skills spring screening process
  • Score, assess, and make recommendations for placement in the learning skills program and for continued monitoring
  • Initiate and track reading and math assessments
  • As needed, provide academic assessments for students for the purposes of program planning
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to assess student behavior and learning; plan instruction, including individualization and differentiation
  • Work with classroom teachers to implement differentiated instruction based on students’ needs
  • Support classroom teachers in implementing accommodations and modifications afforded to students with learning disabilities and with different learning needs
  • Stay current in instructional approaches to be a resource to classroom teachers
  • Communicate consistently and clearly with a variety of audiences about sensitive student concerns
  • Contribute to the content of classroom teacher reports based on extent of work with students

 

Expectations For All Teachers at Epiphany School:  

  • Create a learning environment based on Epiphany School’s three Rs and three Cs: respect, resourcefulness, responsibility, curiosity, confidence, and courage
  • Use Responsive Classroom approach as a framework for working with students
  • Implement instructional strategies that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences
  • Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds and learning differences
  • Assess student progress and maintain effective record keeping procedures
  • Attend grade-level and faculty meetings as scheduled
  • Provide recess supervision as scheduled
  • Participate in the school community, including professional learning, service learning, and community events
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their supervisor

 

Typical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction, or related field required
  • Teaching certificate and endorsement in grade or field required
  • A minimum of 5+ years of elementary or middle school classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Training and experience in a multi-sensory phonic approach to reading, such as Slingerland, Lindamood-Bell, Linguistic Remedies or Wilson Reading is preferred
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Must have experience in the integration of technology in teaching practice
  • Ability to handle competing priorities and maintain professionalism, attention to detail, and process improvement strategies in a creative and changing environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentational skills in the English language; fluency in additional languages a plus
  • Computer savvy in Windows environment, including MSFT Suite programs
  • Proactive in identifying process improvement opportunities
  • Valid CPR/First Aid certification (not required at time of application – new hires will have time to complete if needed)

 

Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this role is between $64,007 and $114,337 based on years of experience, education, and professional development credits according to our school’s Faculty Compensation System pay scale. When determining an initial offer, we carefully consider these factors and will ask the intended hire for documentation to verify the correct pay lane and step.

Alongside salary, Epiphany School offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Benefits stipend to put towards employee benefits including medical, dental, vision coverage, voluntary employee, spousal, and child life and critical illness insurance, accident insurance, voluntary short-term disability, and flexible health savings accounts
  • Employer-paid monthly premiums for employee assistance program and long-term disability coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid personal and sick leave
  • Paid supplemental parental leave after 12 months of employment
  • Professional development budget

 

How To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and optional cover letter through our Employee Portal. The priority review deadline for applications will be March 8, 2024, but applications will be received until the position is filled.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United Sates and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Final offers will be contingent on the successful completion of a background, education, and employment check.

 

About Epiphany School

Epiphany School is a non-parochial, independent elementary school serving grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school mission is to challenge and support all students to become confident, curious, and courageous learners through innovative teaching in a caring and inclusive environment. We strive to inspire every child to discover meaning and purpose in a life of learning and actively cultivate an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms. We aim to create a positive, joyful, and inclusive community by embracing the following values:

Respect: We encourage empathy through the strength of our differences, awareness of our global surroundings, and adherence to high standards of conduct.

Responsibility: We build integrity and trust by understanding our choices and owning our actions.

Resourcefulness: We foster resilience and expect all to search and find, to fail and learn, to risk and succeed in a changing world.

With over 260 students, Epiphany School is large enough to offer a broad spectrum of educational opportunities and small enough to maintain a close-knit community. The beautiful, historic campus is located in a quiet setting in central Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.

Epiphany School Diversity Statement: 
Epiphany School promotes and cultivates a diverse community as essential to academic success, social and emotional growth, and the development of good character. Engaging diverse perspectives stretches the mind and requires critical thinking, intellectual courage, and creativity. It takes careful listening and thoughtful expression and manifests itself in cultural competency. Thinking beyond oneself and seeing the world through the eyes of others is the foundation of fairness and empathy, and thus prepares our students to live respectfully and responsibly in our pluralistic democratic society.

Epiphany School is committed to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the principle of equal access and opportunity in education and employment and full participation for persons with disabilities in all its programs and services.

Epiphany School is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political ideology, physical, mental, or sensory disability, military status, genetic information, age, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Epiphany School complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact careers@epiphanyschool.org.

To apply for this job email your details to ntravis@epiphanyschool.org