Reports to: Director of the Center for Personalized Learning
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
When Needed: 2018-2019 Academic Year
“I’ve never felt so empowered.” -STS employee
Are you a dynamic, highly motivated professional that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development? Do you want to shape tomorrow’s leaders by having the opportunity to play a role in determining the school’s climate and collaborate with colleagues to decide what and how you will teach?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
We are seeking a talented, compassionate, and dynamic Learning Specialist for the Early Learning Center to help us advance our vision and achieve our mission of being a recognized leader in early childhood through 8th Grade education. The position requires an organized professional to partner with teachers in the child study process, provide parent educational workshops, and maintain a strong professional network with outside experts.
Who We Are
Preschool - Eighth Grade
What We Offer
Robust Benefits Package
Professional Development Opportunities
Extraordinary Work Environment
St. Thomas School, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Under direct supervision, with the Director of the Center for Personalized Learning and the Director of the Early Learning Center, supports student learning through management and oversight of processes such as Child Study for students in the Early Learning Center (Preschool – Kindergarten). Provides direct support through classroom interventions. Facilitates communication between parents, teachers, and administration in support of learning. Provides education for teachers and parents about learning differences. Supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles. Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards.
Coordinates the Child Study Process for students in the Early Learning Center
Maintains a direct partnership with teachers, providing resources, and in-class support
Manages accommodation plans; supports teachers and parents through consultations, email communications, oversight of implementation of Learning Plans
Communicates frequently with outside professionals such as psychologists and physicians about individual students to keep them on track with their Learning Plans and help facilitate teacher/parent communications
Collaborates with the Director of the Center for Personalized Learning regarding the Child Study process, including identification of students in need, subsequent screening, observations, drafting Learning Plans, meetings with division director, teachers & parents, leading meetings, file management of official documents, and referring to relevant programs/specialists/outside agencies
Participates in training with the Director of the Center for Personalized Learning prior to the start of regular August professional development and across the year
Teaches flexible, small groups of students from preschool through Kindergarten, meeting students’ strengths, interests, and needs in reading, writing and math
Administers, scores and analyzes data from triannual student assessment periods, in partnership with the Director of the Center for Personalized Learning and grade-level teaching teams; this data serves as a foundation for small group instruction
Provides lessons on social skills, such as Second Step, and increases personalization and extensions of learning
Facilitates faculty and parental understanding of social and emotional development by conducting in-service training and parent workshops, classes, and groups
Conducts all-school and division level workshops for Teacher In-Service on learning differences several times per year, and coordinates speakers from the community (STARS/Merit certified is a plus)
Oversees tutors, including scheduling those allowed on campus, communications, website updates
Participates in Enrichment as needed
Serves on committees as required/desired
Performs Chapel duties and yard duties, including assigned and fill-ins
Observes laws and the school’s policies, procedures and regulations which have application to and implication for the professional’s responsibilities
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
Master’s Degree with emphasis on Early Childhood and/or Teaching Certificate in Education/Counseling/Special Education required
Additional courses in techniques for teaching multi-sensory reading, such as Orton-Gillingham based approaches approved by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) a plus
Significant experience in an educational environment working with young children, ages 18 months - 6 years old, including providing learning specialist services
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of best practices in early childhood teaching
Knowledge of learning differences, assessment and remediation for those who have learning challenges
Knowledge in early learning assessments such as: Gesell, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, Ages & Stages, Teaching Strategies Gold, Children’s Progress Academic Assessment, Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing, Visual-Motor Integration, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Psycho-Educational Learning Evaluation, and Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language
Knowledge in reading Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Psycho-Educational Learning Evaluation reports
Knowledge of current practices in early learning Occupational Therapy & Speech Pathology
Knowledge of Gifted Education such as Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Strong knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices in child development and ability to identify at-risk children
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situation
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Ability to sit and keyboard for several hours a day
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Ability to work outside in all weather
Ability to work long hours at times
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Some travel (field trips)
If this sounds like you, please visit the St. Thomas School website, www.stthomasschool.org/about/careers, and Apply Today. Follow the instructions to complete our online employment application, then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position. Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. STS offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
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About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.