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Special Education Teacher

posted Aug 16, 2021, 7:07 AM by Nancy Atkins

Waterville Public Schools

Waterville Senior High School (Grades 9-12)

Special Education Teacher (Resource Room)

Under the general supervision of the School Principal & Special Education Director, to maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and transition to adulthood; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students' specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment in a resource room classroom.

Qualifications Profile


- State Certification as a Special Education Teacher. Maine DOE 282


- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignments.

- Masters Degree in Special Education, preferred


- Successful prior special education teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.
- Experience with students with social and emotional needs as well as positive behavior support training is required.
- Organizational skill and ability to lead a large team and work cooperatively with others.

Essential Functions

- Conducts assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning issues, and recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.

- Participates in meetings and assists in developing Individual Educational Plans (IEP) for students.

- Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' IEPs and positive behavioral support plans.

- Coordinates with outside agencies, organizations and institutions, including state and federal authorities as needed.

- Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with social work services.

- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships with members of institutions of higher learning and the business community.

- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and providing student information to prospective colleges and employers, as required by district procedures and applicable laws.

- Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.

- Selects and requisitions appropriate books, aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.

Additional Duties

- Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.


- Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printers, copy and fax machines, and telephone.

Travel Requirements

- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

- Knowledge of Special Education principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven methods of maximizing the educational experience of students with special needs.

- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.

- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.

- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.

- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.

- Ability to organize and coordinate work.

- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.

- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.

- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

- Works in standard office and school building environments.

The above job description reflects the general requirements necessary to describe the principal functions or responsibilities of the job identified and shall not be interpreted as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job, either at present or in the future.


Salary Range:  $37,275.00-$79,010.42

Equal Opportunity
The School Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The district shall actively work to have the teacher and administrator workforce reflect the student body's diversity. The selection of all employees by the School Department will be based on those with the highest capabilities, the strongest commitment to quality education, and the greatest probability of effectively implementing the learning program. Selections will be made without consideration on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, disability or genetic information, and any other state or federal prohibitions. For the purpose of this policy, "sexual orientation" means a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression.

Criminal Background Check
All employees of Maine schools must be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check. Please create a login and create an account and make an appointment for a fingerprinting appointment at https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting

If interested, please reply in writing or email to Nancy Atkins. natkins@aos92.org