Teacher of STEAM / Special Education

Center School | Somerset, NJ


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Posted Date 5/29/2024
Expiration Date6/28/2024
Teacher of STEAM / Special Education
Required Certification(s):  NJ Certificate of Teacher of Students with Disabilities, NJ Certificate of Math and or Science.

Reports to:  
Principal, Executive Director

The duties and responsibilities of the STEAM teacher involve instruction directly related to STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in our STEAM studio, through instruction, demonstration and hand on activities.

Primary Function: Instructs assigned pupils in accordance with curriculum adopted by The Center School.

Major Duties and Performance Responsibilities (not exhaustive)
The STEAM teacher shall:
  • Demonstrate the ability to model, deliver, and craft rich student-centered learning experiences
around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and implement strategies for weaving STEAM experiences into
multi-disciplinary curricula from grades 5 through 8.
  • Work in partnership with teachers and staff, modeling consistent effective teaching with
technology, engagement, lesson plan design, use of technology, STEAM and online tools.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the connection between technology, computer
science, and other fields of study.
  • Understand and be able to design, develop, assess, and manage STEAM learning experiences.
Professional Development
  • Participate in professional development experiences that allow him or her to observe, evaluate, and apply the use of technology to support instruction.
  • Utilizes the school approved evaluation process for self-reflection and personal growth.
  • Attends school-sponsored professional development opportunities.
  • Identify and apply educational and technology-related research, the psychology of learning, and
instructional design principles in guiding use of technology in education.
  • Identify, implement, and investigate software in both classroom and administrative
  • The STEAM teacher will identify resources, plan, and design staff development activities to
support professional growth in learning technologies
  • Seeks professional development opportunities outside of the school district for areas of professional interest or need.
  • Attends all mandated school-wide ½ day professional development days.
 Special Education
  • Demonstrates competence in special education and the academic subject field(s) assigned.
  • Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance and growth, and track progress.
  • Provides instruction to classified pupils in accordance with each pupil's individualized education program.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated teaching objectives, and student individual education plan (IEP) objectives.
  • Provides activities and experiences to meet the needs, interests and abilities of students.
  • Assesses the academic and behavioral status of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports, PLAAFPs, and report card grades as required per scheduled dates and timetables established by the school and in student individual education plans.
  • Attends IEP meetings.
  • Assists in developing Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and updating IEPs for students.
  • Create and adapts lesson plans to address students’ learning needs and abilities as identified in IEPs and assessment measures of growth and proficiency.
  • Discuss student’s progress with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators.
  • Maintains parent/guardian communication in accordance with school policy and building protocol.
  • Attends staff meetings at the department, school, and administrative levels.
  • Works closely with administrators and counseling department staff regarding student scheduling problems, changes, and student progress.
  • Meets and collaborates with curriculum coordinators.
  • Meets with other staff to discuss students’ needs and progress.
  • Confer with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems or challenges.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to achieve student IEP goals and objectives.
  • Serves on committees as required.
 Other Duties
  • Maintains confidentiality in all areas of the assignment.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the administration of the school.
 Physical Requirements
  • Intermittent standing and sitting 6-7 hours daily
  • Escorting students to and from various classroom settings, which requires climbing stairs
  • Accompany students on playground and field trips, which may require elevated physical activity and/or riding a bus
Environment Requirements
Teachers work in climate-controlled, indoor environments, however, there are several circumstances in which a teacher might work outdoors or outside of the school grounds. Field trips require teachers to supervise students on buses, in addition to the trip destination.
Resource Requirements
  • Ability to work on a desktop personal computer or laptop, as required, for the purpose of recording grades, creating lesson plans and communicating with colleagues, supervisors and parents. 
  • Knowledge of computers, mobile/tablet devices, gaming consoles and their applications, as they pertain to students and their daily use, for the purpose of coordinating those devices with instructional learning.
Social Requirements
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectably, both verbally and non-verbally
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with students, parents, colleagues and supervisors
Additional Requirements
  • Proof of US Citizenship or legal resident alien status
  • Evidence that a criminal history check has been conducted and clearance has been given by the Department of Education
  • Evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions and responsibilities, with reasonable accommodations
  • Pass the state required Mantoux Intradermal Tuberculin Test
 Nothing in this job description restricts administrations right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Equal Opportunity Statement
The Center School believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization.  Accordingly, this nonprofit will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status or non-job related factors in hiring, promoting, demoting, training, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.  Opportunity is provided to all employees based on qualifications and the requirements of the job.
It is the policy of the Center School to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, religion, creed, age, disability that can be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship, military status, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test to an employer, or any other legally protected classification under federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment opportunity philosophy applies in all personnel actions including recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, job benefits, pay, performance evaluation, discipline, and dismissal. 

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