Rooted in our Catholic faith and inspired by the Renaissance talents of our namesake, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and service—discovering their God given talents and using them to serve the broader community. Founded in 2004, JPII Hand in Hand Options Program helped make Pope John Paul II High School a leader in inclusion education for students and families who wanted to participate in a Catholic high school in classes that were designed to meet the needs of students with intellectual abilities without intensive special education support. We seek a candidate with experience working with students with special needs and who matches that experience with a passion to provide opportunities for students to continue their education in a loving Catholic community that fosters the intellectual, moral, and faith growth of our Hand in Hand students. Our primary focus is in finding a strong Hand in Hand Options teacher; however, additional experiences, such as creating accommodation plans and working with students with learning differences, will also be weighed in evaluating candidates. In serving as an advocate for students, our ideal teacher helps JPII fulfill its mission to be an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of God given gifts of the student population at the school.
Among the many responsibilities and qualities we seek filling this position:
Hand in Hand Options Teacher
Continue to align the Hand in Hand Options program with the mission of Pope John Paul II High School.
Support the intellectual and personal growth of Hand in Hand students through teaching the Hand in Hand curriculum:
Language and Literature (4 years)
Math (4 years)
Study Skills (4 years)
Science (4 years)
Careers (1 year)
Work with department chairs and teachers to assist in modifying assessments in inclusion classes (Theology, History, electives, Innov8 courses) and keep records of those modifications to help develop inclusion curricula that mirror these classes.
Supervise peer mentors, who assist in inclusion classes, eat lunch with Hand in Hand students, and learn about some basics of special education in order to help their peer buddies develop social and academic skills while building friendships.
Partner with admissions and other local schools with options programs to help identify and recruit students to participate in this amazing program.
Collaborate and report to Academic Deans to discuss programmatic changes and continue to evolve the strengths of the Hand in Hand program.
JPII boasts an elite faculty who approach teaching more as a vocation, than simply a job. We seek a candidate whose passion for advocating for students and partnering with faculty to provide paths for diverse students to succeed at JPII. In helping instill an appreciation for difference and celebrating the unique gifts of each student, the inclusion and accommodations teacher serves a key role in helping further an inclusive vision of Catholic education.
A cover letter explaining the desire to work at this dynamic Catholic institution, highlighting personal strengths that make you an ideal fit for our school.
A statement of teaching philosophy
Given the need to individualize and differentiate instruction for our Hand in Hand students, a Special Education degree is required to be considered for the position.
Special Education Degree
About Pope John Paul II High School
Pope John Paul II High School is a private Catholic co-ed school serving grades 9-12 in it's 15th year of operation. Total enrollment for 2016-2017 is 552 with 75 faculty and staff.
Our Mission: “Inspired by faith, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and spirit for lives of learning and service, according to the Gospel.”
We believe that each student is called to a deeper union with God. Our school, rooted in the Catholic faith and open to students of all faith traditions, calls students to excellence and invites them to study and live out their faith in service to the world beyond themselves.