High School Special Education Teacher - Options Program
Eastside Catholic School
Location: Sammamish, Washington
Type: Full Time
Reports to: Director of Options Program
Salary Range: $51,450 – $110,923
Department: Options Program
Eastside Catholic High School is seeking a special education teacher for the 2023-24 school year to join the high school special education program called the Options Program. The Options Program serves students with mild to moderate intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities. The applicant will have a passion for teaching students with disabilities, be an excellent communicator and strongly believe in each student’s ability to master the functional and adaptive skills needed to live actively and independently in their community. Individualized academic and life skill taught courses include Reading, Literature, Math, Science, Careers, Communications and Social Skills, Social Studies, Health, Music Therapy, History, Religious Studies and Technology.
Procure and prepare individualized instructional curriculum, instructional materials, and lesson plans according to students’ learning needs.
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, learning targets and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
Collaborate with department staff members, parents, and students to develop student goals.
Plan and use a variety of individualized instructional and learning strategies, activities and classroom materials that reflect an understanding of student’s learning styles and needs.
Employ various instructional techniques, methods and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each student.
Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Establish and manage student behavior and apply intervention strategies in the classroom and schoolhouse.
Employ and implement a classroom structure and consistency to encourage student responsibility, cooperation, and mutual respect consistent with school policies and procedures.
Commitment to working with students with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities
Possess effective skills in creating positive relationships with students and their families
Experience providing specialized learning experiences designed to help students fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional and social growth
Believe in and provide a play-based learning environment, encouraging students learning and inquiry through interactions that stretch development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills and concentration.
Experience modifying and adapting a broad range of curricula to meet all cognitive levels.
Active respect for diversity and a commitment to help bring about a more just world.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree or higher with a focus in special education
Proven experience teaching at the high school level in special education
Special education teaching certificate is preferred
Eastside Catholic School is an educational community of faith, guided by Catholic tradition and teachings, where students in grades six through twelve learn to integrate their thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual excellence, nurture relationships, and inspire a life of leadership and service to others. Founded by parents in 1980, the school is governed by an elected board of trustees. It is the only seven-year, co-educational Catholic school on the Eastside, and offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum.
Eastside Catholic School focuses on recruiting and retaining high-quality employees by offering extensive professional development opportunities, salaries that are competitive with local districts and market rates, and a close-knit, supportive community in an extraordinary work environment. Eastside Catholic provides paid medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance for employees, a 401k match, free parking, and lunch on most school days. Staff employees are afforded accrued vacation and sick leave and most school holidays.