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Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

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Summary Information:
Employer: Stafford County Public Schools
Position Type: Teaching
Categories: Early Childhood Education
Head Start
Special Education
School / Org: Head Start
Location Stafford, Virginia
FTE: 1
No. of Positions: 1
Reference #: EAN17180504-1
Posting Date: 20 September 2017
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Stafford County P.S is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Location: Head Start

Minimum Salary: $42,250.00

Position Summary - Head Start Teacher: Under the supervision of the Director of Head Start and/or other designated administrator, the Teacher develops and implements an instructional program that will effectively meet the needs of all students. The Teacher assesses and evaluates student performance and modifies instructional activities as appropriate.

The following Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, and Key Duties and Responsibilities are given by way of example, and are not intended to be all inclusive and are not set forth in order of importance

1. Hold or be eligible for a valid teaching license which meets Commonwealth of Virginia requirements with specific endorsement in the area to which assigned.
2. Special consideration for employment will be given to persons who have had experience in working with infants and toddlers.
3. Ongoing evidence of mental and physical competence to perform assigned responsibilities may be required from a qualified physician.
4. Applicant who has had prior experience in a related position must have a performance rating which is acceptable to Stafford County Public School for such experience.
5. Special consideration for employment will be given to persons who are fluent in English and Spanish or another language.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Demonstrate ability to plan and implement learning experiences that advance the emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of infants and toddlers, including improving the readiness of children for school, by developing their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, their understanding of early math and early science, their problem-solving abilities, their approaches to learning, their social skills and their emotional development.
2. Demonstrate the ability to involve the families of the children in the program and to support the development of relationships between children and their families.
3. Demonstrate ability to work cooperatively with the total staff.
4. Demonstrate ability to relate positively to parents and other community representatives.
5. Demonstrate appropriate use of written and verbal communication; thorough knowledge of English grammar and usage.
6. Demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills.
7. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of childrenís development.
8. Demonstrate classroom management strategies appropriate to the learning situation.
9. Demonstrate ability to assess individual needs and performance.
10. Demonstrate ability to address criticism in an appropriate manner and develop constructive outcomes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Actively pursue professional growth activities.
2. Complete required reports promptly and accurately.
3. Accept responsibilities outside the classroom as they relate to the school.
4. Assume responsibility for care of materials, equipment and facilities.
5. Assume responsibility for a neat, safe and healthy environment for students committed to the teacher's care.
6. Practice and promote positive interaction with and among students.
7. Demonstrate enthusiasm for learning.
8. Demonstrate interest in students.
9. Encourage self-direction and self-motivation in students.
10. Adapt and adjust instructional presentation of subject content to students' needs and interests.
11. Maintain and organized program of instruction based on effective long-range plans.
12. Exhibit evidence of effective lesson planning.
13. Utilize a variety of appropriate materials and resources.
14. Communicate the lesson objective and its importance to students.
15. Utilize appropriate and varied teaching techniques and leaning activities both in class and out of class.
16. Maintain an effective system of monitoring student progress and to inform appropriate persons of such progress.
17. Maintain a clean, neat appearance, appropriate to position
18. Adhere to guidelines of confidentiality as outlined in federal and state laws and School Board Policies and Procedures.
19. Maintain a record of appropriate attendance and punctuality.
20. Serve as an optimal role model for students, colleagues, and the general public.
21. Must work in close harmony with colleagues, supervisors, and co-workers.
22. Comply with all district and school policies and regulations.
23. Perform other duties as assigned.

Position-Specific Responsibilities:
1. Eat breakfast and lunch with the students, using meals as an opportunity to teach nutrition, safety, manners, job responsibilities, scaffold language development and conversational skills.
2. Make home visits to each studentís home as assigned by the program and as needed by the families.
3. Complete all required screenings and assessments within prescribed timelines.
4. Provide appropriate resources for family needs and follow-up with appropriateness, timeliness, and quality of services received. Document all referrals and services received.
5. Report safety issues or suspected child abuse immediately to the Health Coordinator and/or Supervisor of Head Start.
6. Document daily communication with parents and encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom. Give parents suggestions for activities to assist their child at home. Use appropriate parent suggestions for instructional activities in the classroom.
7. Hold at least four conferences with each studentís parent. Inform parents of the results of each screening and assessment.
8. Attend Pre-service, In-Service and all staff meetings.
9. Assist with special events in the evening and on weekends, including the Family Thanksgiving Dinner, the Winter Music Program, the Parents as Educational Partners Auction, the Family Picnic, evening Parent Center Committee meetings and the monthly Menís Events.
10. Adhere to and fully implement Early Head Start Federal Performance Standards and other federal and state regulations required by the Early Head Start program.

Evaluated by: Principal or appropriate Supervisor/Director.

Career Ladder:
Early Childhood Specialist

Evaluated by: Director of Head Start

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Terms of Employment: 240 days in accordance with the Stafford County School Board calendar.

Evaluation: Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with School Board Policies and Regulations.

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