This assignment will be .5 FTE at two different buildings making a full 1.0 FTE. Candidate will travel between both schools. Days and times at each building to be determined by buildings.
Emerald Park Elementary School is located east of Kent and has a student population of 500. We have very strong and supportive parent volunteers. Emerald Park has self-contained classroom settings with a diverse student population. Special programs include English Language Learners and Integrated Programs. Our building offers some of the most up to date technology for instruction and learning. It is a staff that has high expectations for itself and its students.
Pine Tree is an elementary school of over 400 students in one of Kent’s communities. Our school serves kindergarten through sixth grade students. Pine Tree is a welcoming, highly personalized learning environment that supports diverse educational programs and activities in a setting conducive to successful teamwork and student learning.
Pine Tree Elementary School is committed to working collaboratively with parents, community and students in promoting excellence in education through high quality, researched based instruction, coaching, and outreach to equip students with a solid foundation to become reflective lifelong learners. The school program integrates academic and positive social skills with an emphasis on “all students can learn.” Students and staff members are provided access to diverse technologies that support teaching and learning to prepare students for future changes in educational requirements and needs.
The mission of Pine Tree Elementary is to foster community partnership while developing responsible and ethical members of society who value learning, respect diversity, and have the skills to acquire, use, and share knowledge in an ever-changing world.
ASSIGNMENT: Our integrated program is specially designed instruction within general education classes. Candidate will plan, coordinate and provide services for students, parents and staff to assess and improve the effectiveness of education within the Kent School District; work with staff, families and/or agencies to develop needed service options; cooperate with the special education director, principals, staff members and community in implementation of a comprehensive instructional program for special needs students. Meet regularly with administration to develop and maintain detailed service schedules and staff assignments. Support professional development that builds staff capacity about executive functioning and specific disabilities. Arrange consultation with district inclusive education staff as needed.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position is part of the KEA bargaining unit.
1. Appropriate Washington State teaching certification with appropriate endorsements required (must include Special Education) and must be on file prior to beginning work.
2. Ability and willingness to provide medical or health services such as catheterization, diapering, toileting, feeding, tube feeding and assisting students with other activities involving self-care, which may be required.
1. Bachelor’s or master’s degree with major/minor in special education
2. ELL endorsement
3. Thorough knowledge of special education laws and the ability to plan, implement and evaluate individualized programs for students.
4. Background/experience in team teaching (in-class and pull-out models) and be willing to work with high needs students.
5. Ability to establish rapport with staff, students, community, and create strong interagency linkages.
6. Possess strong management skills and the ability to develop and implement programs based on individual student needs (physical, personal hygiene, feeding, communications, transition, etc.), establish goals, and plan in-service and activities to meet those stated goals.
7. Knowledge of differing student learning styles.
8. Comfortable with team teaching, integration with regular classroom, inclusion, and some small groups.
9. Demonstrated strength in a variety of behavior management approaches.
10. Ability to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the ability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community.
11. Experience working with a diverse student population and the specific school demographics
12. Desired teacher characteristics are: flexibility; ability to organize ideas, time and materials to accomplish goals; enthusiasm; ability to express ideas clearly and understand concepts being discussed; ability to learn new ideas and skills; ability and willingness to develop favorable relationships with students; knowledge of current approaches to teaching; and willingness to model behavior deemed appropriate by the school district and the community.