Special Education Teacher: Grades K-12 [2023-24 School Year]
Website Freedom Prep
Education is Freedom
Freedom Prep Academy Charter Schools, a Memphis-based network, prepare all students in grades Pre-K through 12 to excel in college and in life. Freedom Preparatory Academy opened in August of 2009 with a class of 96 6th graders. We now serve over 2400 students in grades PreK-12. Our students have exceeded local and state averages in math and local averages in English language arts on the state exam.
We have three core beliefs that drive our mission: Every child deserves the right to a high-quality public education, a foundation in character development is essential, and direct exposure to an array of opportunities and experiences provides each child with the self-confidence and social knowledge to compete globally. We will accomplish our mission through a highly structured, academically rigorous environment where students will master the core subjects, develop advanced academic skills, and demonstrate the school’s core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Excellence, and Community.
Respect– Shows respect to all members of our school community through words and actions
Responsibility – Takes ownership of work flow and products, is proactive / solutions-oriented
Integrity – Is trustworthy and reliable and a person of their word. follows through every time
Community – Demonstrates a consistent and positive commitment to our school’s success
Excellence – Shows excellence in all work habits, sweats the details, continuously grows
Freedom Preparatory Academy seeks Special Education teachers specializing in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade for our growing network of charter schools. As a teacher at Freedom Prep Academy, you will be expected to both introduce and help students develop mastery of concepts as measured through assessments administered consistently throughout the year. These skills and concepts will be presented in a variety of ways that convey a thorough understanding and execution of the content. Teachers will work closely with other teachers to ensure cross curricula and thematic alignment of curriculum.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Freedom Preparatory Academy welcomes teachers who are relentless in their aim to see student growth and who want to hone their skills as effective teachers in the classroom. We are also seeking applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to the educational mission, vision, and goals of Freedom Prep Academy.
Below are some of the tasks required of special education teachers:
Embodies and models the network’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, community, and excellence for our students, families, and colleagues
Upholds the school culture of high academic and behavioral expectations through continuous reflection, flexibility, and growth
Fosters students’ positive view of self and supports children’s learning through social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development
Communicates effectively and maintains strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues
Creates and maintains positive classroom culture and community
Creates and maintains positive community by assisting with student arrival/departure, transitions between class periods and lunch
Reinforces school-wide rules and expectations in the classroom, including lesson planning, curriculum development, assignment creation, and other curricular materials
Uses detailed data analysis of student performance to inform best practices
Schedules students for small group services only on an as-needed basis
Maintains a log of all students on IEPs and 504s and follow all mandated timelines
Ensures compliance with all administrative, district, state and federal special education requirements through accurate, complete and correct record keeping and systems maintenance
Documents all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and other curricular materials
Reviews student IEPs with general classroom teachers and offer detailed recommendations on successful techniques for meeting accommodations
Reviews and follows intake assessments of new students through RTI
Confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop IEPs designed to promote students’ academic, physical, and social development
Employs special education strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of various learners and disabilities
Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s
progress and to determine their priorities for their children and needs
Works an extended school day to allow for collaboration, professional development, and ample communication with parents and other staff members
Works closely with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, and Dean of Students to develop and implement strategies for all students to reach success
Completes other tasks as assigned by the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, or other School Based Administrative employees
Bachelor’s Degree required
Master’s Degree strongly preferred
Valid Tennessee teaching license and endorsement(s) in the hired content area -OR-
Valid teaching license from a state that offers reciprocity with TN -OR-
Enrollment in a certification program with eligibility for a recommendation of licensure by the program or district
Eligibility for Tennessee teaching license required
Two to four years of urban teaching and educational leadership experience is preferred
Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities, including those with low skill levels in a heterogeneously grouped classroom setting
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
REPORTS TO: Head of School
PTO POLICY: Support Based Administrative
HOW TO APPLY: We are excited to review your application! Please visit our Join Our Team page to learn more and apply directly at our Apply Now link on the same page. Upon creating your profile, please submit your resume, references, transcript, two screening questions, and related credentials. Candidates have the option to answer screening questions in written form OR a short video submission. It should take between 15-30 minutes to upload your application. After you apply, our team will review your application in 1-2 weeks and reach out to inform if you will be moving to an in-person interview. If you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION: We are excited that you are inspired or called to learn more about our mission, values, and potential opportunities. We’d encourage you to explore a few additional resources about us, the recent investment for what’s possible, and why you should consider our community as a place for you to become a part of. We are one of the few networks that centers the whole person and their needs to thrive and support themselves and their families in the South.
Check out some of the unique and rare benefits here, including but not limited to:
· Paying higher, scaffolded teacher salaries from Year 1 to retirement stage
· Zero dollar monthly premium options, including holistic options such as chiropractic or acupuncture care
· Focus on staff well-being and collective care through our Adult Social-Emotional Learning
· Support in obtaining licensure
At Freedom Prep, we strive towards trust and transparency in our application process. Our salary range starts at $46,000 to $75,200 for teaching positions, commensurate with experience, content expertise and potential in our high-needs placement. Additionally, stipends will be available to new hires and current employees who accept positions for our high-needs placements: Westwood elementary campus, SPED and/or STEM placements in Grades 6-12.
Freedom Prep Westwood elementary campus: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path; $1,000 for teaching assistants
STEM placement for grades 6-12: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path
SPED placement for grades 6-12: $3,000 for licensed teachers; $2,000 for teachers on a permit path (SPED interventionists)
Please review the exact breakdown of our salary scale here. We will also pay teachers on scale if they are eligible for a permit in the interim pursuit of their licensure. During the interview process, we will align on salary expectations and continue to have transparent conversations at every stage.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: Freedom Preparatory Academy is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of educators. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.