Overview

POSITION SUMMARY

The Special Education Teacher is accountable for the success of all students. However, the Special Education Teacher will focus primarily on meeting the needs of special education students through the use of integrated comprehensive services.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Freedom Preparatory Academy welcomes teachers who are relentless in their aim to see student growth and who want to hone their skills as effective teachers in the classroom. Below are some of the tasks required of teachers:

  • Embody the characteristics that the school wishes the students to uphold, especially respect, responsibility, integrity, excellence, and community
  • Teach at least three to four classes each day
  • Document all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and other curricular materials
  • Work closely with the Director of Special Populations, Head of School and Dean of Students to develop and implement strategies for all students to reach success
  • Reinforce school-wide rules and expectations in the classroom and lesson planning
  • Communicate effectively and maintain strong relationships with students, families and colleagues
  • Assist in the design and implementation of research-based curriculum
  • Maintain the school culture of high academic and behavioral expectations through continuous reflection
  • Use detailed data analysis of student performance to inform best practices
  • Assist in student arrival and departure, transitions between class periods, and lunch periods
  • Complete other tasks as assigned by the Head of School
  • Schedule students for pull-out services only on an as-needed basis
  • Maintain a log of all students on IEPs and 504s and follow all mandated timelines
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal special education requirements
  • Review student IEPs with general classroom teachers and offer detailed recommendations on successful techniques for meeting accommodations
  • Review intake assessments of new students
  • Develop flexible groups for students within individual classes with the assistance of teachers
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop IEPs designed to promote students’ academic, physical, and social development
  • Employ special education strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress, and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience:

  • Three to five years of urban teaching and educational leadership experience is preferred
  • Successful manager of an urban classroom who has used structure, incentives, and high expectations to drive student success
  • Experienced classroom teacher with demonstrated, quantifiable and objective student performance gains that surpass state or local averages
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities, including those with low skill level in a heterogeneously grouped classroom setting

Skills:

  • Energy and entrepreneurial spirit for a transformation charter school
  • Unwavering in pursuit of excellence even in the face of difficult opposition and challenges
  • Results-driven educational leader with a commitment to standards-based curriculum and the use of data and assessments to drive instructional decisions
  • Good problem-solving ability and good judgment
  • Familiarity with cultural diversity
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, families, and community members
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful, and reflective
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Professional demeanor, strong work ethic, detail-driven work style with excellent organizational skills

Character Traits:

  • Alignment with the Freedom Prep mission and a desire to transform the lives of underserved children in Memphis
  • Self-awareness
  • Adaptability
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • Professional maturity and demeanor
  • Inspiring and influential role model

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Stand, walk or bend over, kneel, crouch, reach overhead, grasp, push, and pull. Move, lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Repetitive use of hands (i.e. fine manipulation, simple grasping, and power grasping).
  • Demonstrate normal depth perception.
  • Sitting, walking or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, operate standard office equipment, and use a telephone
  • See and read a computer screen and printed matter with or without vision aids.
  • Distinguish colors.
  • Read and understand rules and policies, labels, and instructions.
  • Verbal communications, including the ability to speak and hear at normal room levels and on the

About Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools

Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools (www.freedomprep.org) comprise a high-performing PreK-12 charter school network in Memphis, TN. Our mission is to prepare all students in grades K-12 to excel in college and in life. We accomplish our mission through providing a highly structured, academically rigorous environment where students master core subjects, develop advanced academic skills, and demonstrate the school’s core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Excellence, and Community.

Freedom Preparatory Academy was established in August of 2009 with a class of nearly 100 6th graders. We now serve nearly 1,800 students in grades PreK-12. In 2019, as we celebrate our 10th year of providing a quality education for students in low-income/underserved communities, we are proud to see our students exceed local and state averages in Math and local averages in English language arts. We have received numerous awards year after year for being one of the top schools for growth in the city and state of TN. In 2018, 100% of our 2nd graduating class were accepted to four-year colleges and universities!

We have three core beliefs that drive our mission: Every child deserves the right to a high-quality public education, a foundation in character development is essential, and direct exposure to an array of opportunities and experiences provides each child with the self-confidence and social knowledge to compete globally.