Norfolk Public Schools – Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

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JOB TITLE:  Early Childhood Special Education Teacher – Little Panthers Preschool

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from an accredited college or university
  • Valid, current Nebraska teaching certificate
  • BA in Early Childhood Unified meets these requirements / BA in Early Childhood Inclusive

REPORTS TO:  Little Panthers Preschool Principal

RECEIVES GUIDANCE FROM:  Little Panthers Preschool Principal

JOB GOALS:  

  • To create, organize, implement and sustain a highly effective learning environment which enables students to master appropriate levels of subject matter, develops and enhances practical communication skills, fosters an appreciation of our culture and heritage, and facilitates a respect for the rights of others.  The teacher will assist all students in his/her development.
  • Implements Board policy regarding education philosophy/curriculum under the direction of the administration through planning, organizing, managing, interacting with students; establishing rapport with students, staff, parents, and community; and continuing professional development

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Nine-month year or as established by the Board of Education, additional stipend pay for Special Education services provided during the summer

EVALUATION:  Evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the district’s Personnel Evaluation Policy

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education or Early Childhood Inclusive Education
  • Experience working with children ages birth to five and families in rural areas
  • Home visiting experience
  • Demonstrated early childhood knowledge, including developmental milestones birth to age five
  • Demonstrated knowledge of special education vocabulary and forms of support for families
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Nebraska Department of Education Rule 51 and Rule 52
  • Energetic, motivated and creative
  • Ability to work independently and with a flexible schedule
  • Ability to collaborate with a team to meet the needs of the children served
  • Available and reliable vehicle for visiting families (mileage reimbursed)
  • Competency with technology
  • Willingness to travel regionally for necessary trainings and professional development
  • Willingness to collect data and participate in program evaluation

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Consistent and punctual attendance at the work site
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families served
  • Conduct evaluations of children birth to age five
  • Work in tandem with a team to determine qualification for special education
  • Provide regular home visits to families
  • Serve as case manager for students receiving special education services
  • Lead special education meetings that involve parents, educators, and providers
  • Complete special education paperwork on the Student Record System (SRS)
  • Participate in training and technical assistance activities
  • Receive training and be able to implement Routines Based Interviews with families
  • Receive training and be able to document/score within the Teaching Strategies GOLD system

INTERPERSONAL RELATONSHIPS

  • Student behavior does not detract from the effective learning climate in the classroom
  • Teacher exhibits patience, openness, and concern in dealing with students
  • Rapport within and outside the classroom evidences mutual respect between the students and teacher
  • Teacher exhibits tact and self-control in dealing with parents
  • Communicates readily and cooperates with fellow staff members
  • Teacher accepts suggestions from administrators without resentment

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Teacher dresses appropriately and is well groomed
  • Teacher shows enthusiasm and initiative
  • Teacher is punctional and professional in job responsibilities
  • Teacher is willing to spend time outside the regular school day to assist students and supervise school activities

OCCASIONAL

  • Relates with staff, parents and community through positive professional cooperation
  • Suggests positive recommendations for the continuing review and development of curriculum
  • Remains current with professional training and shows evidence of regular professional growth
  • Actively participates at scheduled staff meetings and serves on district committees
  • Assumes responsibility periodically for conferences with parents
  • Recognizes the extra curriculum program as integral to the educational development of the child
  • Performs other duties within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the appropriate administrator

OTHER REQUIREMENTS (Intellectual, Sensory):

  • Exemplary command of oral and written communication skills
  • Skills in leadership, interpersonal relations, organization, prioritization, problem solving and conflict management, assessment and evaluation
  • Visual acuity in supervisory rules; teaching
  • Auditory acuity in teaching functions

Hazards:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Stairs in some buildings
  • Playground equipment
Zone 3

Additional Information

Salary information:  https://www.norfolkpublicschools.org/district/business-services/employment-compensation-and-agreements/certified-employees.html

Start date:  July 2022

Contact Information

Norfolk Public Schools
512 W Phillip Ave
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
https://www.norfolkpublicschools.org

Angie Baumann
(p) (402) 644-2500 1112
(f) (402) 644-2506

How to Apply

Please apply through Norfolk Public Schools website:  https://www.norfolkpublicschools.org/district/human-resources/employment.html