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Special Education Teacher

The Napa Foundation for Options in Education is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and passionate Special Education Teacher (Certificated) for our new charter school, Mayacamas Charter Middle School, targeted to open Fall 2022. The Special education teacher will work with students who have been designated IEPs, adapting general education lessons and teaching various subjects to students with mild to moderate disabilities. Teachers will work in the New Tech Network Project-Based Learning Model, with its integration of social-emotional learning, high student agency and cognitive, social and emotional engagement.

Because MCMS will be in its first year, we are not just looking for teachers, but for founding educators. We need people who want to work, and can thrive, in a fast-paced, evolving setting, and who demonstrate flexibility, creativity and persistence. MCMS needs educators who want to play a significant role in evolving our model and curriculum, facilitating meetings, designing school systems, and helping to create a school culture that is focused on social-emotional health, high achievement and community. We are searching for educators committed to the love of teaching and building a long-term legacy for Napa families.


The primary roles and responsibilities of the Special Education Teacher shall include/but are not limited to:

  • Assess students’ skills and determine their educational needs

  • Adapt general lessons to meet students’ needs

  • Plan activities that are specific to each student’s abilities

  • Teach and mentor students in small groups, and one-on-one

  • Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress

  • Update IEPs and ILPs to reflect students’ progress and goals in accordance with school policies and applicable laws

  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, Parent Liaison (when hired), Counselor, EL Coordinator (when hired), teachers and other personnel as appropriate

  • Supervise and mentor instructional aides who work with students with disabilities (SWD)

  • Collaborate with outside services providers and consultants, as well as partner community service agencies as needed

  • Attend Student Support and Progress Team (SSPT) meetings as needed and ensure appropriate follow-up

  • Assist Head of School in ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and policies related to MCMS’ SWD

  • Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade and to life outside school

  • Additional duties as may be assigned by the Head of School

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Special Education; Master’s is a plus

  • Valid state special education certificate

  • Completion of a student-teaching program

  • Proven experience as a Special Education Teacher or relevant role

  • Strong knowledge of current special education topics and methodologies

  • Experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities

  • A patient, resourceful, and resilient personality

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff. Please send a resume and compelling letter of interest via email to

  • Compensation: Competitive salary      and benefits

  • We are a non-profit public      benefit 501(c)3corporation

  • Principals only. No recruiters      please.

Thank you for your interest in this position.

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