Teacher – Deaf Education – Special Education
Reports to: Principal
Salary: Starting at $58,000
Provides direct instruction to hearing impaired students. Assists in use of adaptive equipment. Collaborates with parents on child’s educational performance and needs; Informs community professionals on deaf education.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Develops Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Instructs students in communication skill development and written language.
- Educates parents on deafness and its impact on their child’s educational progress.
- Instructs students in use of adaptive equipment.
- Provides information to other professionals trained in other disciplines on deafness and educational implications and adaptations.
- Attends general and special education staff development that is content and disability specific.
- Maintains confidential records of student progress related to auditory impairment.
Personal Work Relationships
- All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
- Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
- Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
- Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork; responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Other Duties as Assigned
- Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance with Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of federal and state guidelines and District policies and procedures regarding special population students’ services and programs.
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiation of instruction necessary to create effective and productive student-centered learning environments.
- Skill in understanding the preferred form of communication for a person with deafness.
- Skill in giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points communicated, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Skill in talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, educational, and/or intellectual disabilities; particularly hearing impaired students.
- Ability to troubleshoot non-working hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to use software to create spreadsheets, databases, and do word processing.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals; May include equipment used in instructional media machines and specialized equipment for the hearing impaired.
- Posture: Prolonged sitting and standing; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, crouching, crawling, pushing/pulling, and twisting; climbing stairs.
- Motion: Use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal; frequent walking.
- Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds).
- Exerting: Occasional up to 50 pounds of force, frequent up to 25 pounds of force, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
- Vision: Performs tasks requiring close vision.
- Environment: Works in an office setting; frequent talking and listening; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
- Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
- Mental Demands: Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.
Minimum Required Qualifications
- Education: Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.
- Certification/License: Valid Texas Teaching Certification with endorsement in the area of Deaf/Hearing Impaired.
- Experience: 3 years’ of teaching deaf/hearing impaired students preferred.
- Language: Proficient ASL & PSE sign communicator.