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Special Education Teacher (Reading, PA)

Company: Merakey
Location: Reading
Posted on: November 11, 2018

Job Description:

Merakey is currently seeking a certified **Special Education Teacher** for our autism and emotional support school in Reading, PA. This position requires a current Special Education teaching certification for Pennsylvania. **_WHY TEACH AT MERAKEY?_** + Benefits are effective upon date of hire and including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and much more + Teacher to student ratio never to exceed 1:8 + Individualized approach for every student + 10-month traditional school year with paid summers off + Additional hours and compensation available with ESY (Extended School Year) **_POSITION DETAILS_** This position will serve as an autism teacher in a private academic classroom. This position's primary roles are: to develop & implement strategies to meet the needs of each individual student, instruct students in academic subjects according to school curriculum and daily classes using a variety of techniques to meet the students varying needs and interests as guided by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and to plan and schedule lessons according to the daily schedule and approved curriculum. You will also assure that objectives for all lessons, units, and projects are demonstrated on lesson plans as well as providing a balanced program of instruction. General Responsibilities: + Develop & implement strategies to meet the needs of each individual student + Instruct students in academic subjects according to school curriculum and daily classes using a variety of techniques (e.g., multi-sensory, repetition, etc.) to meet the students varying needs and interests as guided by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) + Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, etc. + Modify the curriculum as needed based upon techniques needed for individual learning styles + Implement and include in lesson plans and opportunities for students to experience a variety of learning techniques and methods that are used with ASD + Work with other team members to create an inclusion plan between Merakey autism school and public school as needed + Plan and schedule lessons according to the daily schedule and approved curriculum. Assure that objective for all lessons, units, and projects are demonstrated on lesson plans as well as providing a balanced program of instruction + Confer with parents, administrators, school psychologists, and other professionals to develop Individual Education Plans (IEP) for each student in the assigned classroom as well as behavior plans + Confer with necessary professionals and supports to develop plans to assist in resolving student behaviors in the classroom + Establish organized classroom behavioral model and reinforcement systems (individualize when necessary) + Observe and collect data daily for IEP goals, student behavior, social, developmental, and academic performance + Complete report cards and data collection sheets for each child's progress by the 15 th of every month + Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their child's progress, and to determine priorities for their child's education + Maintain and update program books as required + Monitor teacher aides to ensure they adhere to classroom and school policy & program requirements **_ABOUT OUR EDUCATION CENTERS_** By blending behavioral expertise utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and education, Merakey education centers partner with families, school districts and community organizations to provide a quality educational environment. The goal is to teach students the skills necessary for success in the general education setting and to transition them, as appropriate, back to a less restrictive environment within their home school districts, competitive employment and/or independent living. Services within our schools include the following: + Autism Classrooms + Emotional Support Classrooms + Transition Services (Vocational Training, Independent Living, Post-Secondary Education) + PETALS (Promoting Educational & Tangible Alternative Life Strategies) for Girls + PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) + ESY (Extended School Year) + For more information, please visit http://educationandautism.merakey.org/ **_MERAKEY IS PROUD TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS_** + Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans + Flexible Spending Accounts + Short/Long Term Disability Coverage + Life Insurance + 403B Retirement Plan (with company matching) + Marketplace Savings Program + Employee Assistance Program + Wellness Programs + 24-Hour Nurse Hotline + Tuition Reimbursement + Generous Paid Time Off + Work/Life Balance + Competitive Compensation Plans + Opportunities for professional growth and advancement + Stability that coincides with working for a national leader in education and human services **_ABOUT MERAKEY_** Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country. We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations. We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential. With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey, formerly NHS, provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee. **_Merakey is an Equal Opportunity Employer!_** IND2018 + Teachers working at a Merakey School are required to have a Bachelor's degree in Special education, or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 18 credits in special education and 6 credits in education theory. + Must possess either a Pennsylvania Private Academic certification or a Pennsylvania Special Education certificate. + Teachers working in a school district classroom are required to have a Pennsylvania Public school certification in Special education. + Experience working with children with Autism and/or Emotional Support is preferred + Experience successfully educating children with challenging behaviors strongly preferredEOE Protected Veterans/Disability

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