Elementary Special Education Teacher

Elementary Special Education Teacher BACK TO JOB BOARD




Elementary School




Impact Public Schools | Puget Sound Elementary


Tukwila, WA





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Who You Are

Impact Public Schools (IPS) is looking for a diverse group of experienced educators with a track record of closing the opportunity gap and who are seeking teacher leadership opportunities. If you have a fierce commitment to equity and are passionate about rigorous academics paired with social emotional learning, our school may be the perfect fit for you.

Who We Are

Impact Public Schools operates three public charter schools in the Puget Sound region. Our schools are incredibly diverse: 85% of our scholars are students of color and we have over 13 home languages spoken on our campuses. Impact’s culturally responsive academic model is rooted in four key elements: social-emotional learning, personalized learning pathways, project based-learning, and a joyful learning environment. Impact’s personalized approach to instruction ensures that every scholar gets the support they need to succeed academically. Impact scholars of all races, from low-income families, and for whom English is a second language have made gains that are larger than expected for students attending the nation’s highest-performing schools. 

Why This is a Unique Opportunity

  • Learning Specialists are leaders in special education on campus. Learning Specialists provide teachers and administrators with expertise on best practices in special education programming and play an integral role in MTSS and IEP processes.
  • Our team is mission driven and this is an organization that lives it’s values each day.
  • Impact Public Schools is closing the opportunity gap – our scholars exceeded national expectations on multiple growth measures, including Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Assessment and the national norm-referenced NWEA MAP assessments. You can be part of a team that is truly achieving exceptional results in Washington.

Core Job Functions

  • Provide exceptional instruction to scholars in accordance with IEP goals and services
  • Support school leaders in implementing an RTI program aimed at providing targeted interventions for scholars deserving additional supports
  • Support teachers and school leaders in spreading best practices in inclusion instruction through co-planning, PD facilitation, and other mechanisms
  • Serve as case manager for scholars with IEPS:
    • Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in each scholar’s IEP
    • Consult with general education teachers meet the unique learning needs and styles scholars with IEPs
    • Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of scholars with IEPs
  • Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of scholars receiving special education services, including facilitating IEP meetings
  • Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine scholar’s strengths and areas of need for initial, and triennial assessments
  • Create and maintain notifications, records, files, and reports as required by federal, state and local regulations
  • Maintain knowledge of current regulations pertaining to special education
  • Collaborate with external service providers to ensure strong service delivery

Skills and Characteristics:

  • Strong knowledge of special education and inclusion practices
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • High level of instructional and classroom management skills
  • Strong belief in the IPS mission and educational model, including experience implementing – or a passionate desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning – personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • Ability to connect with and motivate a diverse student population
  • Value the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Exhibit a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Effectively collaborate with others

Educational Background/Work Experience and Eligibility:

  • Gap closing teaching experience with proven record of student growth
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passionate about learning
  • Washington special education teaching certificate (or commitment to obtain one) 
  • Must pass background check

Additional Requirements

  • Prior to the start date of employment all employees need to obtain clearance on a criminal justice fingerprint and background check. 
  • Prior to being made an offer, the hiring manager will ask candidates to complete a character and fitness form from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • An offer is contingent upon verification that the person is authorized to work in the United States for any employer


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. IPS offers a full benefits package and opportunities for professional growth.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Impact Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Kristen McCaw, COO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, careers@impactps.org.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Impact Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Kristen McCaw, COO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, careers@impactps.org.

COVID Vaccination

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, public school employees  must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or be approved for a medical or religious exemption prior to being allowed to work.