Job Title: Lower School Resource/Learning Support Specialist
Reports to: Director of Resource Services
Full-time - 10 month position
St. George’s Episcopal School is a preschool to eighth grade independent school serving approximately 410 students and employing approximately 100 faculty and staff. At St. George’s, each child grows academically, creatively, emotionally, and spiritually, while developing a sense of self-worth and moral responsibility. We recognize that no two children are alike; each one possesses a fascinating combination of gifts and challenges. We serve a blend of learning profiles in a family-like atmosphere of care and concern with a highly trained and dedicated faculty. Together, we embody perseverance, integrity, compassion and respect -- values that foster lifelong learning and success.
St. George’s is seeking an experienced Academic Resource Support Specialist to work with the Resource Services Department in Lower School. The goal of this position is to provide small group, academic Resource support to a caseload of approximately 15-20 students by planning skilled intervention services based on the students’ Student Education Plans (SEPs). Additionally, this teacher will provide daily Language Arts instruction in reading and writing to Lower School students whose learning profiles call for a varied pace of instruction, multisensory teaching methods, and frequent review and repetition of on-grade level curriculum. This specialist will be responsible for instruction, documentation, and parent communication. He/She will report directly to the Director of Resource Services, but will also receive feedback and assignments from the Lower School Division Head.
St. George’s Episcopal School is committed to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local discrimination laws.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Sherri Weiser, Director of Resource Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master’s degree in special education, reading specialist, or communication disorders fields; 3-5 years experience in working with students who have language-based learning differences preferred
Knowledge of curriculums and assessments used for struggling learners, such as Orton-Gillingham-based curriculums and DIBELS Next
Proficiency with Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and technology-based educational tools
Ability to work well in a team and collaborate
Outstanding organizational and time management skills
Exceptional oral and written communication skills which prove effective in communicating with parents and establishing a team approach with the child’s family
Excellent knowledge of child development, latest education theories and practices, and current trends in education and professional development
A desire to respond to and initiate the solving of problems through clear and open conversation
Open to feedback and able to take risks
Highly interested in pursuing professional development opportunities; dedicated to lifelong learning and possessing a growth mindset
Teach a daily reading group of students needing skilled reading intervention as part of their Language Arts instruction
Complete progress reports/report cards three times a year for reading groups students
Independently establish child-specific learning goals at the beginning of the school year based on data on an SEP for each student; update these goals and objectives two additional times during the year
Determine appropriate objectives on SEPs and plan activities to target the specific needs of the students
Provide a variety of ongoing assessments to be used for benchmark and baseline testing and progress monitoring
Conduct SEP meetings with parents three times a year; effectively communicate students’ progress and needs with parents and teaching team
Manage time to meet deadlines, adhere to a daily schedule, and to structure Resource sessions to maximize opportunities for student learning
Foster student learning by including students in their educational plan
Lead students to use their own critical thinking and problems solving skills
Guide classroom behavior through respect and a positive approach
Collaborate with classroom teachers regularly to support students’ educational needs
Consult with outside professionals as needed to support students’ educational progress
Be an active member in the life of the St. George’s community
About St. George's Episcopal School
St. George's Episcopal School is a private, co-ed, independent school for students from preschool through eighth grade located in New Orleans, La. Established in 1969, St. George's is distinguished by its qualified faculty, low student-to-teacher ratio, and concept of "individualized education," which builds upon the distinct talents and learning styles of each individual student.
We excel in educating children. At St. George's, each child grows academically, creatively, emotionally, and spiritually, while developing a sense of self-worth and moral responsibility. We recognize that no two children are alike; each one possesses a fascinating combination of gifts and challenges. We serve a blend of learning profiles in a family-like atmosphere of care and concern with a highly trained and dedicated faculty. Together, we embody perseverance, integrity, compassion, and respect - values that foster lifelong learning and success.