Teacher of the Deaf

Houston, Texas Full-time $53787.00-$60000.00/year

Position Information:

Hours Weekly:  38

Hours Worked:

      Monday-Thursday 7:00 - 3:00 or 8:00 - 4:00

      Friday 8:00 - 3:00

Starting Salary: NEW COMPETITIVE SALARY determined by experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Days worked: 186/year

Benefits:

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Life Insurance

Long Term Disability Insurance

403b Retirement Plan - 5% employer contribution after a year

AVEd Mentoring and Certification

AG Bell Membership

Texas Teaching License Renewal

10 PTO days 

Job Purpose

Language Teachers in the Melinda Webb School are responsible for managing classroom schedules, curriculum implementation, and student supervision during the school day. Language Teachers write individualized goals for students, track formal and informal data for progress monitoring, and participate in decisions to determine the most appropriate educational placement and plan for each child they teach.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Teaching Assistant assigned to classroom

 Major Responsibilities

·         Develops and implements educational programs for children with hearing loss aged 18 months – 6 years old

·         Maintains all required data on students

·         Monitors and documents student progress, attendance, and behavior

·         Completes language, listening, developmental, and academic testing upon enrollment of each student and three times per year for parent conferences

·         Participates in three parent conferences a year

·         Develops and adapts lesson plans to individual student needs

·         Assumes direct responsibility for students during school hours

·         Plans and directs activities for the Teaching Assistant

·         Trains and coaches Teaching Assistant in strategies and activities when working with children with hearing loss aged 18 months – 6 years old

Work Activities

·         Lesson Planning and Data Tracking

o   Turns in lessons and notes weekly using formal and informal assessments to select appropriate academic targets aligned with MWS Scope and Sequence

o   Keeps adequate, up-to-date data on each student in the areas of language, listening, developmental, and academic skills

o   Demonstrates thorough knowledge of each child’s hearing and intervention history

o   With in-house training, demonstrates mastery of all MWS listening and language curriculum and assessments

o   With in-house training, is able to review and understand all MWS developmental and academic curriculum and assessments

·         Parent Communication

o   Communicates with parents regarding student behavior, progress in class, and items needed for school

o   Contact parents via phone, Brightwheel, or email in the event of a child emergency, illness, other related issue

·         Student Supervision and Daily Needs

o   Maintains active watch of students when on duty during class time, lunch, transitions, recess, etc.

o   Completes daily amplification checks of student equipment and troubleshoots accordingly

o   Supervises bathroom needs and provides toileting assistance as needed including, but not limited to, diapering and changing soiled clothes, etc.

o   Administer minor first aid and CPR when needed

o   Administer student medication when needed with consent from the parents

·         Professional Responsibilities

o   Participates in teacher meetings, all staff meetings, and other meetings as assigned

o   Maintains a Texas teaching certificate in Deaf Education

o   Completes 24 hours of training per year for Child Care Regulation

o   Collaborates with Teaching Assistant to create a classroom plan and select specific Teaching Assistant duties

o   Meets weekly with Teaching Assistant to review discuss student progress, classroom performance, and upcoming lesson plans

·         Other Responsibilities 

o   Coordinates activities for volunteers and substitutes assigned to the classroom

o   Attend field trips and other school functions throughout the year

Physical Demands

Stand three hours a day; walk 10,000 steps a day; sit in low chairs and on the floor; hear; speak clearly; able to bend over; reach with hands and arms; able to lift or move 20-pound boxes or furniture; able to lift and carry a 50-pound child; able to control a child with aggressive behaviors; able to actively participate in outdoor events, including in extreme temperatures; Flu vaccine required, provided by THI at no cost to employees. COVID-19 vaccine required.

 Education and Experience Requirements

·         Master’s Level degree in Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education, or related field

·         1 year practicum or student teaching experience

·         An understanding of child development, oral deaf education, speech-language pathology, and audiology

·         Philosophical agreement with and commitment to the mission of THI

Specific Skills

Organizational skills, classroom management, composure in stressful situations, patience when handling children, diagnostic teaching skills, flexibility during schedule changes and special events

 Basic Competencies

Excellent oral and written use of English language, Microsoft Word and Excel proficiency, comprehensive understanding of typical speech and language development

 Tools

Desktop computers, laptop computers, FM system, tablet, interactive whiteboard, scanner, laminator

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