Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher
Position Purpose: The deaf and hard of hearing classroom teacher serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The DHH classroom teacher teaches compensatory skills which will enable students to be successful while participating in the general education setting. The DHH teacher works with sign language interpreters that are assigned to the classroom to support the communication needs of the students. This person also collaborates with other special education service providers and general education teachers to meet the needs of the students.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Plans for and guides the learning process to help students achieve their hearing-impaired program objectives.
- Planning and instruction which emphasizes concept development, language acquisition and basic skills to access the general education setting to the full extent possible.
- Collaborates with other supports (audiologists, etc) to meet student needs.
- Maintains an atmosphere conducive to learning.
- Positively fosters students’ self-esteem.
- Implements useful diagnostic and progress assessment measures.
- Selects and uses effective instructional methods and learning materials.
- Engaging in professional growth activities through an ongoing program of job related knowledge and skill development.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement and attendance as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
- Maintains open lines of communications with parents, guardians and staff.
- Working with and understanding a diverse student population.
- Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards with ethical and professional performance established by district policy as well as the State Board of Education.
- Works collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the school’s program and support the District’s vision, aims and goals.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree required, special education area preferred.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Nebraska Teaching License with endorsement in Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Professional verification of successful classroom teacher performance and/or student teaching experience.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents and the community.
- Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
- A demonstrated philosophy that all students can and will learn.
- Ability to understand the individual needs of each student.
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Building or Central Office Administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Travel between OPS schools is required.
Job Title: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher (Classroom)
Location: Washington Elementary, 5519 Mayberry Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Reports To: Building Principal
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 188 days as per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: Commensurate with experience and education plus 5 percent of the regular teaching salary. As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement.