Lead Teacher - Special Purpose Private School

at Woodfords Family Services in Waterville, Maine, United States

Job Description

Lead Teacher - Special Purpose Private School (SPPS)

The SPPS Lead Teacher is responsible for working with the Education Specialist and/or Program Director in guiding students in our Kindergarten through 5th grade (K-5) program toward the fulfillment of their potential for cognitive, social and emotional growth and maturation. The Lead Teacher will support our SPPS program in Waterville.


Position is eligible for $1,500 bonus payable on Dec. 30, 2022


Compensation: Starting salary is $45,000.00 annually, based on experience and certifications



  • Monday - Friday: between 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Full-time; 40 hours weekly



Woodfords offers a generous Benefits package for the Lead Teacher, valued at more than $18,000.00 annually, which includes:

  • Health Insurance (with multiple plan options to meet your needs, and gym membership reimbursement)
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employer-Paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Employer-Paid Group Term Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP Benefits)
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan w/ 100% Agency Match up to 4%
  • Voluntary Supplemental Benefits
  • Exclusive Verizon Discount to Woodfords Family Service Employees
  • Woodfords Family Services is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Woodfords is committed to support employees who are eligible for the PSLF Program with necessary documentation.


Role of Lead Teacher:

  • Oversee the safety of students and ascertain that Teacher's Assistants follow Woodfords' safety rules as well.
  • Responsible for the overall operation of the classroom.
  • Develop each student's individual goals and objectives, with input from the Education Specialist, Senior Lead Teacher and Clinical Director.
  • Independently conduct curriculum based assessments, educational assessments, give input/completes quarterly report cards, write educational plans (IEP's) and progress reports (quarterly IEP/ITP reports) for children enrolled in the program, with input and suggestions for modification, as appropriate, from the Education Specialist, Behavior Analyst and the Clinical Director.
  • Provide direct care to children based upon individual education (IEP) and/or individual treatment plan (ITP).
  • Assist the Clinical Director/Education Specialist and/or Behavior Analyst in providing hands-on training for newly hired Teacher's Assistants, as well as on-going training for all staff.
  • Supervise and evaluate the Teacher's Assistants (TAs) in his/her classroom and in conjunction with the Clinical Director and Education Specialist Teacher and the Training Department.
  • Set up/create developmentally appropriate lessons, considering Maine Early Learning and Development Standards (MELDS), Common Core and Elementary Education curriculums, to include prep material and lesson plans, and maintain the appropriate learning environment.
  • Frequent collateral contact with therapists and other members of each student's team.
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality of student and family information at all times. Address any identified problem or social information gathered about an individual student and alert the Education Specialist, Clinical Director and/or Program Director, as appropriate.
  • Communicate professionally at all times with consumers, family members, consultants, elementary school personnel, referral sources and other providers.
  • Function as a model for staff while performing daily activities such as, but not limited to, reading, playing and doing activities with the children, changing diapers, food preparation, as well as the cleaning and organizing of the physical space.


Qualifications of Lead Teacher:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, in special education, early childhood or a related field and
  • A minimum of an Educational Technician III Certificate; and a conditional or full K-8 282 Certification; full K-8 282 certification preferred, from the Maine Department of Education; as well as Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) certification.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience, and the desire to work with children with special needs.
  • Training and experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures in educational settings.
  • Must be an American Citizen or maintain legal alien status.
  • Must have a valid driver's license. Driving to/from fieldtrips may be necessary.


About Woodfords:

Woodfords Family Services has been committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families for more than 55 years.


Additional Opportunities for Woodfords' Lead Teacher:

  • Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) Training and Certification
  • Advancement within Woodfords Family Services

On-going Paid Training and

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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Job Posting: 844113

Posted On: Nov 07, 2022

Updated On: Dec 07, 2022

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