Special Education Teacher - Catalyst Circle Rock

Catalyst Schools
Greater Chicago Area, IL
$55K - $80K/year
Special Education
Kindergarten - 8th

The Catalyst Schools are guided by a mission in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to “teaching minds and touching hearts.” Our teams collaborate to nurture well-rounded scholars with bright academic, professional, and personal futures that will become change agents for their communities and world. Catalyst staff participate in formal professional development programs, receive comprehensive benefits, and collaborate to create vibrant and dynamic environments for scholars, staff and families.

Please apply at: http://catalystschools.org/career-opportunities

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for the education of the students entrusted to his/her care through both delivery of the instructional program and modeling of appropriate skills, attitudes, and behaviors. It is the teacher who motivates, encourages, and inspires students to excel in all their endeavors and who sets goals and expectations that challenge students to meet and expand their potentials. The success of each student hinges on the success and vigilance of the teacher. There is no greater relationship in the school than that between the teacher and student.

The Elementary Special Education Teacher shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as the advocate for all students with disabilities (SwD).
  • Act as the liaison between teachers, administration, parents, and students.
  • Develop an understanding of Special Education Law and CPS Policies
  • Possess impeccable communication and people skills
  • Be extremely organized
  • Have ability to problem solve and multi-task
  • Maintain proficiency skills
  • Sustain compliance in meeting deadlines
  • Impart knowledge to others to improve service for SwD

Additional responsibilities:

  • Be present in the building from 7:25 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and participate in faculty in-service, team meetings or professional development.
  • Begin class at 7:50 AM sharp and be prepared to supervise any student in the building at any time.
  • Teach as a member of a grade level or departmental team, those classes assigned by the principal; design and implement curriculum; keep a written record of unit and daily lesson plans and a written record of student evaluation, both of which remain the property of the school.
  • Adhere to and support all school policies as set forth in the staff and student handbooks.
  • Actively participate in all staff orientations, meetings, in-services, grade or department level team meetings, parent meetings, student conferences or staff mission days.
  • Reflect critically on teaching practice and implement improvement strategies as needed.
  • Implement with high fidelity all components of the Catalyst Schools education programs, which include: Web based programs, Reading, Math, Science, Social Science curriculum, interim assessment implementation and data analysis, and differentiated instructional strategies.
  • Engage in personal and professional development, goal setting, establishment of classroom and school-wide performance standards and assessment of progress against those standards.
  • Direction and supervision of the activity and performance of the Instructional Aide assigned to the classroom and involve that Aide into the full life of the classroom.
  • Maintain a classroom that demonstrates discipline, order and rigor.

Applicants must have valid PEL experience, be special education endorsed, and passed content exam.


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance