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Special Education Teacher

Potential, Inc.
Newtown, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Job Description
Company Overview

Potential is a dynamic organization that serves individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the life span through multiple programs, which are located at one campus in Newtown, Bucks County.

Established by Kristine Quinby, MSEd, BCBA, LBS in 2006, Potential can be described as an organization that is "powered by results, steered by care", with a collaborative, team-based environment. At Potential, we utilize interventions that are driven by the evidence-based strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis. which are designed and supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and implemented by Registered Behavior Technicians.

Respect, Compassion, Teamwork, and Integrity are four core values that carry through from the administration, through staff, and to our clients. We use our science in all aspects of our organization to deliver on our vision, mission, and values. We have several program coordinators/behavior analysts to collaborate with within our clinic/school setting as well as our clinical manager, performance manager, and CEO who are all BCBAs.

In 2010, Potential established a small private school, the Springtime School, to provide educational services, to students with an autism diagnosis, grades K-12. The school provides educational services to students on a year-long, 210-day school schedule. The school operates Monday thru Friday, from 9 am - 3 pm.

"The Springtime School provides passionate teachers a unique opportunity to provide instruction in a manner that directly and positively impacts the quality of life for each learner and their families. This is possible due to the ability to provide a 100% individual instruction plan, that is developed based on the immediate needs of the learners as well as the individual and family's long-term goals. The teachers at the Springtime School work in a supportive environment, having the opportunity to collaborate with skilled team members, that are all devoted to positive outcomes for each individual learner. " - Springtime School Special Education Teacher

The census of our school has been growing rapidly; we are currently recruiting for a full teaching position, for our 2021/2022 school year. The Springtime School is located at our Newtown campus in Bucks County.

We will be accepting applications through January 10, 2022.

Job Summary

Provide individualized education programs to K-12 students, who have been diagnosed with autism or other developmental disabilities. Establish a positive educational environment, which includes developing, implementing, and relating the daily activities and special needs of the students to the core curriculum, by utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Special Education Teacher with the Springtime school at Potential, you will:
  • Collaborate with other disciplines (on-site SLP, OT, and Behavior Analysts) to encourage the best possible educational outcomes.
  • Assess student's individual needs, create and implement instructional programs for students
  • Be able to learn and utilize different assessments and evidence-based teaching techniques based in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Have an opportunity to work in a small classroom setting (3-6 students) where each student is assigned a registered behavior technician and the focus is working collaboratively with behavior technicians and a behavior analyst (if applicable) on meeting educational goals.
  • Work for a supportive administration that prioritizes work-life balance and professional development

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Assess students' skills to determine their needs and to develop teaching plans
  • Provide individualized/differentiated instruction, in a setting of not more than 6 students, utilizing research-based strategies
  • Oversee student educational programming and implementation by Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Special Education; ABA experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is required.

  • Current Pennsylvania Special Education Teaching Certificate
  • Related State Child Abuse, Criminal History clearances, and fingerprints, with no record
  • Clean driving record
  • Negative TB test

The ideal candidate will:
  • Have experience teaching special education students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities (e.g., Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders) and significant behavior challenges.
  • Have an empathetic and supportive attitude towards all clients/patients we serve
  • Have the ability to create professional relationships with clients
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of the environment in which clients are being assessed and seeking assistance
  • Be flexible, open to feedback and learning, adaptable to change
  • Demonstrate self-confidence/perseverance/strong work ethic - remain positive and maintain progress toward a goal in spite of obstacles and adversity
  • Can organize and act on several activities concurrently

We will provide:
  • Supervision towards behavior analyst certification is included with employment
  • Tuition reduction with several partnering universities
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (after 60 days)
  • Supplemental Insurance (Aflac)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-term Disability
  • PTO (after 60 days)
  • Flexible schedule options
  • 403B retirement plan with 3% match
  • Outings and activities planned by the sunshine committee
  • Daily unlimited coffee and tea
  • Fun and collaborative environment

Why join our team?

As a Special Education teacher at the Springtime school, you will enjoy being part of an organization where the culture has a "family-like" feel and will have the opportunity for continuous professional development, to gain clinical supervision and mentorship from teachers, who are also certified as BCBAs. You will further your education by attending training that is paid for by the organization, as part of your employment. Also, you will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field of ABA.

Potential is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical history, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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