Lockwood School District # 26
Job Description

TITLE: Special Education Teacher
REPORTS TO: Principal
SUPERVISES (if applicaable): N/A
JOB DEFINITION OR GOAL: Teaches exceptional students and assists in other school programs as assigned and creates a flexible program and environment favorable to learning and personal growth in accordance with each student's ability.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILIIES:

  1. Assists in development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

  2. Attends and participates in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, IEP meetings and other meetings as required.

  3. Provides an appropriate educational program for each student.

  4. Complies with Board policies, rules, regulations and directives.

  5. Instructs individuals and groups in special education skill areas.

  6. Plans curriculum, lessons and special education programs and teaching methods.

  7. Monitors students' progress in and outside special education setting.

  8. Reports cases of suspected child abuse according to state law.

  9. Maintains regular contact with parents of students.

  10. Participates in faculty meetings, educational conferences, professional training seminars and workshops.

  11. Evaluates student progress based on work output and observation, determines goals, objectives and directions.

  12. Prepares report cards, educational records, IEP forms, classroom observation records and other forms.

  13. Consults with other professionals and teaching staff regarding progress of students and related educational matters.

Only minimum duties are listed. Other functions may be
required as given or assigned.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Valid Montana teaching certificate with special education endorsements.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of child and adolescent developmental issues.
  3. Ability to relate to and work with children and/or adolescents with varying disabilities.
  4. Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  5. Knowledge of computerized IEP programming and ability to keep accurate computerized files.
  6. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, parents, staff and the community.
  7. Ability to handle stressful situations.
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality of employment and student matters.
  9. Ability to effectively manage time and responsibility.
  10. Ability to operate wheelchairs and other special needs equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to fingers; handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works inside. The employee must be able to meet deadlines with severe time constraints and is required to work in a stressful environment. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The employee must work well under pressure to meet multiple and sometimes competing deadlines. The employee shall, at all times, demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.

6/2006
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