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Physical Education Teacher (Sign on Bonus)

June 03, 2022

Chicago, IL


The Knapp School staff members believe the best educational program for our students focuses on fostering each child’s academic and personal potential through assisting them in discovering and developing their strengths and passions while preparing them for success in the larger community. We believe all students can achieve growth and new-found success when provided supported and customized opportunities for skills development and self-discovery. Our Special Education Teachers play a critical role in this process by prioritizing each students' development and growth through strong, supportive relationships and highly individualized academic and social emotional activities each day.

The Physical Education Teacher works closely with all members of the dedicated, inter-disciplinary therapeutic team supporting the students and classroom. This teacher also collaborates with parents and guardians to ensure the greatest wrap around services, school -to-home communications, and understanding of the student. Collaboration with our partnering school districts is also essential.

Our partnering public districts, schools, and parents and guardians place their students with us when a child has been unable to achieve and maintain success in general academic settings and it is clear the child could benefit from our small classrooms, low staff to student ratio, individualized and intensively therapeutic environment. School personnel and leadership aim to builds strong relationships with students, parents, guardians, partnering schools and districts as we know these relationships are critical in providing the most support to our students and lead to the greatest success.

Therapeutically, our program offers students specialized supports, unique resources, opportunities to reintegrate to their home schools, and transitional and vocational skill development. Culturally, our school offers students opportunities to explore their interests through learning and social activities. Our success is possible only through nurturing relationships and strengths-based supports that focus on the holistic educational experience for each of our K-12+ students with diverse social, emotional, and academic needs.  The Physical Education Teacher is an integral part of our therapeutic approach.


Physical Education Teaching

  • Implements therapeutic physical educational programs for specific groups of students.

  • Utilizes classroom management skills that recognize and include consideration of the characteristics of and the methodology of the student population.

  • Engages all students in moderate to vigorous physical activity during two thirds of all PE class time.

  • Prepares and maintains a safe, organized, healthy, academically, and behaviorally effective classroom environment appropriate to ongoing and changing classroom activities which align with all accrediting, regulatory, and governing organizations.

  • Organize extracurricular sporting and school activities for students such as intramural games and park outings, and field trips.

  • Participates in annual professional development on effective practices for physical education.

  • Provides health education, including sexual health education as outlined in the Board’s Sexual Health Education Policy.

  • Modify general physical education programming with adaptive materials and methods for special-needs students, based upon a variety of therapeutic instructional techniques and technologies while accommodating all individual IEP’s.

  • Participates in qualitative professional development activities.

  • Willing and able to perform a variety of tasks to ensure the safety of students.

  • Effectively intervenes in students’ disruptive behavior, both verbal and physical; including using TCI prescribed methods to de-escalate critical situations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Student Safety

  • Must provide constant supervision to ensure the safety of students at all times.

  • Effectively manage and intervene in disruptive student behavior, both verbal and physical; including use of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) prescribed methods to de-escalate critical situations.

Program Support

  • Completes all necessary paperwork in a timely manner including weekly lesson plans, weekly and quarterly student grades and assessments.

  • Complete Incident Reports on behavioral events in a timely manner.

  • Collaborates and maintains ongoing communication relationship with all members of the interdisciplinary team (social workers, teachers, TDS Administration and all other relevant JCFS staff) to achieve a social and educational benefit for the student.

  • Successfully completes training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); successfully complete all requirements to maintain certification in TCI.


  • Able to be flexible and shift gears quickly based on situations or changing priorities.

  • Independent with sound professional judgment and the ability to establish and maintain boundaries.

  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm in high-stress situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor.

  • Strong desire to work with those students who have not been able to achieve success in the public/private educational system.

  • Efficient and effective time management skills.


  • Must be certified by Illinois State Board of Education as a Physical Education teacher.

  • Endorsement or Certification in Special or Adapted Physical Education is a plus.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a school physical education instructor with students with special needs population-including children with Autism, ED, BD, LD.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs

  • Must successfully complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training.

  • Able to successfully complete the physical and testing requirements Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training (Agency provided).

New hires would need to be fully vaccinated with 1 or 2 doses and booster and provide their card upon hire OR begin receiving the booster within 2 weeks of being hired and participate in weekly COVID testing until fully vaccinated OR provide documentation for an ADA or religious exemption and participate in weekly COVID testing.

JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

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JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS

JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer: disability/veteran JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application


  • Generous Vacation, Agency Paid Holidays and Sick time

  • Parental Leave

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance

  • Pet Insurance

  • Wellness Program/Incentive

  • Employer Paid Life Retirement Plans

  • Tuition Support

  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

  • Employee Referral Bonus

  • Training/Continuing Education

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