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Special Education Teacher

Company: Mount Prospect Academy
Location: Bennington
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Vermont Permanency Initiative

Job Title: Special Education Teacher

Reports to: Academic Director

Location: Bennington, Vermont

Salary from $60,000+

Company Background

VPI is committed to providing individualized comprehensive services to children and adolescents who often have experienced complex developmental trauma. Our students, in response to their life experiences, can present with a constellation of adaptive mechanisms that have become distressing symptoms. These symptoms often present as self-harm, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, aggression, suicidality, as well as disordered eating. We believe the students who come to us deserve a safe and secure environment where they can find hope and healing.

Our programming affords children and adolescents the opportunity to make connections with others, to grow and discover their gifts, and realize their potential to thrive. We facilitate growth-promoting experiences through secure relationships that increase the student's ability to self-regulate and manage their inner lives in order to optimize feelings of safety, confidence, and competency.


The mission of VPI is to provide a therapeutic community that enables youth to heal from past trauma, find pleasure and joy in their present lives and build resources for their futures.

Summary: The Special Educator will work closely with the Academic Director to ensure the safety and well-being of the students while participating in the education program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
The Special Educator functions as part of the treatment team and is responsible for educating and the supervision of students well in school.

  • The Special Educator will create a schedule and provide Special Education services to youth as assigned.
  • The Special Educator will share the schedule with the Academic Director weekly.
  • Complete service tracking logs on a weekly basis.
  • Provide draft IEP no more than 10 days prior to the IEP meeting to the Academic Director.
  • Direct all LEA contacts to the Academic Director
  • Participation in mandated and assigned professional training offered in the program.
  • Score IEPs
  • Provide a monthly update of what each student is working on for their monthly report.
  • Participate in staff meetings as required.
  • Maintain students' confidentiality at all times, report all pertinent information to supervisor.
  • Pursue appropriate channels of communication
  • Understand the administrative structure, chain of command and program philosophy of VPI.
  • Requests for time off should be approved 2 weeks prior and time should be requested in Paycor.
  • Appropriately represent VPI to the community, students' parents and outside agencies.
  • Follow all company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.- Attending meetings as assigned, Complete testing as assigned, provide written updates as requested


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Education and/or Experience:

    • 21 years of age
    • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in field of assigned instruction or Bachelor's Degree with equivalent coursework and experience in the field of assigned instruction.** A preference will be given to licensed teachers with educational experience related to students with identification/diagnosis with emotional disturbances, attentional issues or mental health conditions.
    • Preferred: Bachelor's Degree in field of assigned instruction, with current teaching licensure. Two or more years' experience in instruction in the field of general education and/or special education, preferably middle school and high school levels.
    • Prefer two years' experience interacting with children/youth. This may include, but is not restricted to camp counselor, coach, babysitting
    • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Experience working with disturbed adolescents.
    • ** Teachers without current licensure are requires to file a professional development plan toward completing the credential for licensure including projected timelines.

      Physical Demands & Work Environment:

      The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat or cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


      • Dental insurance
      • Employee assistance program
      • Flexible spending account
      • Health insurance
      • Health savings account
      • Life insurance
      • Paid time off
      • Referral program
      • Retirement plan
      • Vision insurance

        Vermont Permanency Initiative provided the following inclusive hiring information:

        We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.


Keywords: Mount Prospect Academy, New England , Special Education Teacher, Other , Bennington, Northeast

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