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5 May 2022

Secondary Special Education Mild/Moderate

Montrose County School District – Posted by algjobs Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

  • Position Type:
    Teaching – High School/Special Education
  • Date Posted:
  • Location:
    Montrose High School
  • Date Available:
  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

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Position Title: Special Education Teacher – Affective Needs Classroom (AN)
Site: Montrose High School
Direct Supervisor: Building Principal
Contracted Length Term: 178 Days
Salary Schedule:  Teacher (range $38,003 – $59,018 based on the 21/22 Salary Schedules, related experience and education)
Start Date: August 10, 2022

District Summary:
Nestled within Colorado’s gorgeous Western Slope, the towns of Montrose and Olathe are surrounded by an endless variety of prospects for exploration and adventure (Black Canyon National Park, Telluride and the San Juan Mountains to the South, along with rivers, lakes and streams). MCSD is one of the largest rural school districts in Colorado, which means we are small enough to be neighborly, but still big enough to continue growing (with short commutes to school and work).

Come join the largest employer in Montrose County and work in an area where you can enjoy scenic drives, wilderness treks, a round of golf, and visits to our many local restaurants or brewpubs. Montrose and Olathe offer a little something for everyone – shopping, fishing, biking, photography, camping, snowshoeing, Telluride skiing, swimming, motor-sports – you name it! We hope you can join us at MCSD.

Summary of Position:
Under direction, to teach and instruct special needs pupils in multiple grade levels in academic, social, behavioral, and other educational skill areas; to plan, develop, organize, and conduct a comprehensive educational and remedial program for special needs pupils; to assist pupils in making an appropriate adjustment to a mainstreamed educational process, requiring an increased level of independence; and to do other related functions as required.


Affective Needs/Serious Emotional Disability
A child with a Serious Emotional Disability shall have emotional or social functioning which prevents the child from receiving reasonable educational benefit from general education.  Students with serious emotional disabilities are diverse learners with needs in the areas of:


  • Social Skills Training (relationships, problem-solving, focusing, conflict resolution, self-advocating, building support systems)
  • Emotional regulation training (impulse control, anger management, anxiety, and depression management, coping with trauma, increasing frustration tolerance)
  • Behavioral supports (functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, accommodations)


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Teach and instruct special needs pupils in subject matter areas such as reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, art, physical education and music.
  • Adapt an adopted course of study, program instruction guidelines, and instructional materials in meeting the educational needs of special needs pupils.
  • Utilize a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing pupils, including remedial instruction, demonstration, and activity participation.
  • Instruct students in citizenship and in the development of social skills.
  • Prepare, develop, and utilize a variety of instructional materials and aids appropriate to the instructional level of pupils with a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional maturity.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate the history, background, and assessment of pupils in designing an educational program to meet individual educational needs.
  • Individualize instructional processes and adapts program activities to enhance pupil educational opportunities.
  • Provide individual and group instruction in order to properly motivate pupils, and to effectively utilize the time available for instruction.
  • Establish and maintain standards of student behavior utilizing behavior management strategies and techniques, including behavior modification, reinforcement, and other positive behavior shaping processes.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate pupil academic and social growth.
  • Record and report appropriate analyses and perceptions of pupil progress.
  • Administer, score, and record the results of criterion referenced, group standardized and specialized tests in evaluating pupil growth and progress.
  • Counsel, confer, and communicate with parents, school and District personnel regarding pupil progress, and in the interpretation of the educational program.
  • Work cooperatively with the IEP Team in assessing pupil needs and learning deficiencies and develop alternative solutions to remediate pupil learning problems.
  • Plan, create, and maintain an effective learning environment through the utilization of functional and aesthetically conceived displays, exhibits, bulletin boards, interest, learning and activity centers.
  • Select and requisition appropriate educational supplies, materials, books, equipment, and learning aids.
  • Establish and maintain a suitable room environment through the proper control of heating, lighting, and ventilation.
  • Perform a variety of non-instructional duties, including curriculum and instructional development activities, student supervision, and advisory and consultation activities.

Possession of an earned Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in special education, instructional technology, a subject matter field commonly taught in the elementary grades, or closely related field.

Certification Requirement:
Possession of a licensure from the Colorado Department of Education authorizing service as a teacher of special needs pupils.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Experience: Successful completion of student teaching at a recognized college or university or two years of full-time classroom teaching experience with the special needs child.

Knowledge of and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories, methods, techniques, and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction of special needs pupils.
  • Child growth and development and behavior characteristics of children experiencing educational and social dysfunctions.
  • Educational curriculum and instructional goals and objectives, and the educational trends and research findings pertaining to the special needs child.
    Behavior management and behavior shaping strategies, techniques and methods, and conflict resolution procedures.
  • Socio-economic and cultural background differences of the school population.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, develop, and conduct a comprehensive teaching and instruction program for special needs pupils.
  • Provide effective learning experiences for pupils from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying mental, social and emotional levels.
  • Effectively assist in the assessment of the educational needs of educational special needs pupils, and the design, development, and implementation of individualized educational plans.
  • Provide an attractive, inviting, and stimulating learning environment.
  • Perform research and development activities pertaining to curriculum and instruction programs, pilot projects, and innovative programs designed to enhance pupil educational opportunities and experiences for special needs pupils.

Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job functions.  

  • Persons performing service in this position classification will exert 5 to 75  pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • This type of work involves sitting, walking, and/or standing.
  • Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather may occasionally be experienced.
  • Perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral information, the manual dexterity to operate business related equipment, and handle and work with various materials and objects are important aspects of this job.
  • CBI/FBI background clearance and a clean driving record.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervis

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