Special Education Teacher

Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. We are a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education and now we are expanding into services for preschool children on the Autistic Spectrum. Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities and now we are opening classrooms for children on the Spectrum.

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full time staff position with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6 week summer session.

The Teacher of the Visually Impaired / Special Education Teacher conducts a special education preschool classroom for children who are blind / visually impaired.  The children may also have multiple impairments and have severe medical issues.  Maintaining positive communication with parents, other staff members and professionals outside of HKSB is critical to success.  Must demonstrate a sincere commitment to HKSB’s Mission and Values and conduct him/herself at a high professional level at all times and project a positive image of HKSB internally and externally.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reports to school Principal
  • Develops instruction group and individual for all students in the class based on the individual needs of the student as outlined in the IEPs
  • Develops and implements student specific adaptations for sensory, motor, self-help, and other areas of need in collaboration with therapists to maximize learning for each student.  
  • Works collaboratively with therapist and other school staff as the member of a trans-disciplinary team to develop and deliver an individualized program for each student
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with families that acts to further the development of the child by assisting the family to carry over strategies from school to home.  Acts as the primary contact between home and school.  
  • Continuously evaluates student progress and documents that progress in report cards, progress notes and annual updates.
  • Submits weekly lesson plans and monthly class calendars to the principal
  • Maintains accurate attendance documents and submits to the administrative assistant monthly
  • Advocates for the educational and developmental needs of their students both in the school and in the wider community
  • Participates in teacher and team meetings and completes tasks from those meetings in a timely and professional manner
  • Actively participates in school wide functions such as field trips, graduation, parent days, etc. 
  • Seeks out and participates in professional development activities, appropriate to the population of students,  both within the school and in the larger educational community.  
  • Attendance at IEP meetings and searching for placements
  • Supervises and develops work duties and schedules for instructional assistants to ensure smooth functioning of the class
  • Teacher prepares annual reviews for class assistants

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education as a Teacher of The Visually Impaired or as a Special Education Teacher from a program with a concentration in Severe Disabilities
  • (Teachers without a vision credential will be required to pursue a vision credential in an agreed upon time frame.)
  • Experience with children with disabilities preferred

 

To Apply:  Please send resume and cover letter to hr@helenkeller.org