St. Gabriel’s Catholic School seeks an experienced and collaborative Learning Specialist to support student learning across our PK-8 curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. SGCS is a co-educational Catholic school in Austin, Texas. The Lower School is comprised of grades PreK-4 and the Middle School houses grades 5-8. SGCS provides a challenging and enriched curriculum that allows graduates to achieve success in the high schools of their choice. Our faculty and staff are experienced in, or willing to develop expertise in, social-emotional learning, project-based learning, STEAM instruction, technology-rich, and differentiated instruction. SGCS is a 1:1 device school, thus teachers are expected to demonstrate meaningful skill with technology in order to create authentic learning experiences for their students.
The successful Learning Specialist candidate should have experience serving students with diverse learning styles, the ability to offer remedial and intervention services, and the ability to contribute to a strong enrichment program. This individual will work closely with our teachers, guidance counselors, and reports to the Head of Lower School.
The Learning Specialist provides academic support and enrichment through work with students and collaboration with teachers and parents. This role has a strong emphasis on math and will focus heavily on math curriculum development and instructional strategy support, as well as student academic enrichment and support. Remaining available time in this position will be dedicated to providing intervention support in reading, writing, and executive function skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Learning Specialist
Collaborates with teachers and Head of Lower School on math curriculum, supporting faculty as they refine their ability to differentiate math instruction in the classroom.
Works with students, teachers and other faculty to create strategies that promote a greater chance of academic success.
Implements intervention and advising strategies for teachers and students alike.
Addresses poor habits relating to time management, lack of motivation, academic deficiencies and issues with goal setting.
Helps students develop learning preferences for more effective studying.
Assists teachers with differentiating instruction for students
Helps teachers and other staff in the identification of students who would benefit from intervention of any kind.
Utilizes effective tutoring to help students with learning.
Establishes positive relationships between students, teachers, parents, principals, guidance counselors, and others in order to ensure a collaborative effort.
•Demonstrates the ability to work with children of all ages to address areas of academic challenge and enrichment.
•Possesses excellent teaching skills and the ability to intervene when children fall behind their peers academically.
•Exhibits outstanding organization and time management skills for managing a large workload.
•Displays highly effective oral and written communication skills geared to various age groups and parents.
•Is able to work well independently and on a team.
•Possesses the ability to make decisions based on factual evidence and observation.
•Demonstrates the ability to use multiple techniques to help students develop studying, learning and testing skills.
Education and Experience
This individual must possess significant classroom experience with a Bachelor’s in Education from an accredited college or university; a Master’s in Math, Special Education, or other relevant field is strongly preferred.
About St. Gabriel's Catholic School
St. Gabriel’s is accredited through the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED)
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School stands apart as a profoundly unique school and community. On our website, you will learn more about the ways St. Gabriel’s customizes the educational experience to match the skills and personality of each student, how we ask every constituency in our community to stretch themselves to their limit and then to go a little further, and how Christ lies at the center of all we do. In the happy faces of our students, you will see the results of high expectations and the joy that safety, affection, and a love of learning can bring.
Less obvious are the crucial relationships that make St. Gabriel’s possible. The rich partnership between faculty and parents not only produces better academic outcomes, but also models for our students the benefits of patience, generosity, and a shared commitment to excellence. We know learning is not a static transferral of ideas, but a dynamic process in which the teacher and student are collaborators and fellow travelers. Equally important is the special way our stu...dents care for one another. They are student leaders and have pride in their school and in each other. Every day I am surprised and inspired by these wonderful children. They are amazing!
I invite you to come see for yourself. Come walk our halls and spend time on our campus. Our buildings and grounds manifest our mission: welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant. You will see our students learning about themselves and the world around them through a potent mixture of technology, expertise, and creativity. Our campus is constantly humming with activity; you are always welcome!
A St. Gabriel’s Catholic School graduate is an accomplished scholar, a confident leader, and a compassionate friend. Yet there is more. Our graduates are grounded in faith and open to the call of God in their lives. They will make this world a better place.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, families, and students, welcome to St. Gabriel’s Catholic School!
Head of School