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Laradon Special Education Teacher in DENVER, Colorado

Do you have a passion for supporting, developing and empowering individuals, with Intellectual and developmental disabilities? Do you want to make a difference in youth?s lives every day? Are you looking to work in a fulfilling and supportive work environment with ample opportunities to grow in your career?

If you answered yes; we think you?re going to like the opportunity, we have below?

Our Special Education Teacher will provide special education, pre-vocational and daily living training to children and adolescents (10 classrooms) with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders receiving services in Laradon?s School. This position will also be responsible for the day to day supervision and mentoring of the classroom Paraprofessionals. Our classrooms are small with a focus on 1:1 and 1:2 or 3 where Special Education Teachers have the ability to make a difference in the lives of students.

How you will make a difference?

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students

  • Provide an optimum classroom environment and learning experience through a clear and consistent management system and strong student rapport

  • Facilitate meetings with family and/or guardian and team in the development of IEPs (?Individualized Education Program?)

  • Coordinate trans-disciplinary program assessments

  • Participate in the case management process, as needed

  • Facilitate and monitor activities in keeping with IEP goals for designated caseload

  • Coordinate schedule of classroom Paraprofessionals

  • Develop appropriate curriculum and corresponding lesson plans with great flexibility and autonomy for students with significant cognitive and behavioral needs

  • Supervise the work and classroom instruction of Paraprofessionals including daily planning, education of students? needs and progress

  • Knowledge of behavior support plans, crisis intervention techniques, and proactive/preventative techniques including physical management and positive reinforcement

  • Advise in the development of the IEP with a team & facilitate activities in keeping with IEP goals

  • Maintain files and appropriate paperwork including IEPs, data tracking, employee performance reviews, etc

  • Participate and collaborate in meetings with other disciplines such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis on student success and safety

What we offer you?

  • Paid on-the job training

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Flexible spending and dependent care accounts

  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match

  • Generous annual leave (11+ days/year) plus 8 weeks of paid time off

  • Development and internal promotion opportunities

  • Casual and collaborative work environment

  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding environment alongside other Laradon staff ? one where everyone is truly appreciated

  • CDC and CDPHE office protocols to ensure safety and welfare of all employees

  • Mon ? Fri Schedule

What you need to know?

  • As Laradon is a small employer and employees work in a collaborative and team environment, our school employees must be physically present in the office to perform the different job functions. Additionally, as a service provider, our instructional methods under our services model require the work to be performed on campus.

What we?re looking for from you?

  • Super star communicator ? Able to communicate and listen well with students, staff, parents and the community

  • Passion -Experience working with students with developmental disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral disorders

  • Brains - Current Colorado Teaching Certification with Special Education Generalist and Elementary Education endorsement or ability to enter an Alternative License program or apply for a Special Education Temporary Authorization (SETA)

  • Influencer - Two years teaching experience, preferred

  • Mindset ? Positive, resilient and ?can do? attitude

  • Safe on wheels ? Responsible, reliable driver with a valid and clean driving license

  • Super strength - Able to exert/lift up to 50 pounds of force

Who we are?

Laradon was the first ever private, non-profit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region to offer support, education, and training to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have 15 person-centered programs including a training center for people seeking the opportunity to expand their work and life skills, a school for children with special needs, and housing for people in need of a home.

We strive to be the best in our industry and have gained national recognition as an innovator of education and training services for children and adults with special needs. We help this incredible population realize their full potential, contribute to the community and become valued members of society. We are proud to be a Finalist in the Denver Metro Chamber Business Awards for Larger Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

Laradon staff work extremely hard, are challenged every day, and play a key role in shaping the wellbeing of individuals receiving services. If you genuinely care about providing individuals with a sense of direction and hope, then you will get huge satisfaction from this role. Your influence will not only impact the lives of our individuals, but the community as a whole.

In order to provide excellent, culturally competent services to our adults, students, guests and staff/employees, it is of highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members ? regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, veteran status, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics ? should feel a sense of belonging and valued. We applaud everyone.

Laradon Values?

Integrity | Respect | Inclusion | Accountable | Empowerment