Special Education Teacher (Middle School)

Willow Public School Published: March 2, 2017
Job Type


Willow teachers will not just teach content. They will forge deep relationships with families; they will use restorative practices; they will seek community resources to supplement our program; they will integrate technology into daily lessons; they will work with their colleagues to build engaging projects; they will advise students; they will focus on the long-term outcomes for students; they will use data to inform their instruction; they will share their practice; and they will lead clubs and activities within the school day.

Job Description

Willow Public School is looking for a Special Education teacher who loves teaching, who knows how to engage students in the joy and adventure of learning, and who is a leader in their current school. This position requires a self-motivated, collaborative professional who is deeply knowledgeable about Special Education procedures and practices, instruction, assessment and curriculum, and who thrives in a demanding and team-oriented culture.

  • Ensures compliance with timelines, documentation expectations, and practices related to special education, 504, and ELL.
  • Facilitates staff development and program development activities in support of an inclusive school community.
  • Works collaboratively with general education teachers to enhance program development and continuity of services, including creating and monitoring the delivery of specially designed instruction by general education teachers and instructional aids as appropriate.
  • Assists Director of Operations with program budget to assure compliance with appropriate funding sources; monitors expenditures and implements fiscal control measures; ensures requisitions and fiscal reports are accurate, and timely; works with Director of Operations to prepare federal and state reports.
  • Coordinates the student support team to implement early interventions for students in the pre-referral process, including providing consult and support in the design and execution of early interventions.
  • Supports state and federal reporting processes related to special education.
  • Manages a caseload of Special Education and 504 students
  • Fosters an educational environment conducive to the learning process of special education students; plans an instructional program designed to meet individual student needs; prepares individual student lesson plans; adapts and modifies programs and plans as necessary.
  • Uses appropriate instructional methods and materials, which are suited to the students and to the nature of the learning activities; implements established program or curriculum objectives as adapted and modified for the student population.
  • Attends in-service training and continues to improve professional growth through study and experimentation to remain current in methods and techniques for special education instruction.
  • Establishes and implements positive classroom policies and procedures guiding student behavior; provides encouragement to students to meet standards of achievement and conduct; makes referrals for assistance where appropriate.
  • Consults with students, parents or guardians, specialists and other staff: maintaining an open positive relationship as appropriate to provide guidance and evaluation, and to encourage student achievement.
  • Establishes classroom goals appropriate to the special education student population and their individual education programs; evaluates and records student progress; prepares reports for parents or guardians.
  • Collects and interprets a variety of data; develops, implements and evaluates individual education plans (IEP's); provides reports for administrative purposes; amends documents where appropriate.

Other Responsibilities

Lead a Student Advisory “Crew”

  • Lead a daily student advisory group
  • Serve as main point of contact for each crew member’s family
  • Lead parent-teacher-student beginning of year meetings and quarterly conferences for crew members
  • Collaborate with colleagues to write and update Crew curriculum
  • Attend community events

Establish Strong School and Classroom Culture •

  • Cultivate a healthy classroom and school culture, modeling an approach to learning which emphasizes risk-taking, respect, curiosity and constant commitment to quality improvement
  • Establish/encourage culture of flexible and collaborative collegiality in which mission and goals of the school are the foremost focus of all decision making; lead students to handle adversity and ambiguity well
  • Thrive in an innovative, reflective culture that demands flexibility and quick adjustments to meet student needs
  • Live and breathe our core values of equity, excellence, passion, and community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Special Education
  • At least 3 years of successful teaching experience in Special Education
  • WA State Teaching Certificate with Special Education Endorsement required, with a preference for dual endorsement in General Education*
  • Knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations related to special education=
  • Experience supporting the design and implementation of positive behavioral supports and interventions
  • Experience working with English language learning students and students of poverty
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, and implementation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with families with diverse backgrounds and needs • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or closely related field
  • 2 years experience as a Special Education department head or program director
  • Experience with restorative practices/restorative justice
  • Classroom data which demonstrates success with traditionally underserved student populations
  • Experience in a high performing district or charter school that is significantly outperforming its neighboring schools


Willow Public School offers a competitive salary including health, dental, and vision benefits with full-time employment. Willow staff members are also eligible for the state retirement system. Qualified applicants should upload a resume and cover letter that includes the answer to “Why do you want to work at Willow Public School?”

Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment

Willow Public School is an equal opportunity employer and thus affords equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law.

To Apply

Visit Willow's Careers page to apply: https://www.willowschoolwallawalla.org/join-our-team.