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Teacher of the Deaf/Special Educator - Early Intervention

January 24, 2023


The Early Intervention preschool classroom teacher is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, though candidates with Early Childhood Special Education certification will be considered, who works with students ages three to five in a classroom setting and is responsible for planning and leading all aspects of the daily learning environment. The classroom teacher develops and implements classroom lesson plans with a focus on student's auditory, speech, and language skills, while facilitating their development across all developmental domains and meeting IEP goals. The teacher is an integral part of Clarke's multidisciplinary preschool program, working collaboratively with Clarke's administrative staff, speech-language pathologists, educational audiologist, OT, PT, and families. This is a full time, exempt position with general hours of 8:00 am- 4:00 pm, 35 hour per week, for both the academic school year and the 6 week summer program


  • Planning, preparing and executing lessons based on child's needs, IEP goals, CASLLS, ELCC, curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices etc.
  • Maintaining all required documentation for attendance, parental communication, IEP observance, health and safety, etc.
  • Supervising children throughout the day
  • Supervise recording, transcribing and analyzing language samples
  • Facilitate children's interaction with a curriculum that reflects the basic principles of child development
  • Maximize opportunities for listening and spoken language development in the classroom
  • Facilitate children's communication in the classroom and ensure carryover of activities between the classroom and individual speech-language sessions
  • Engage individual and small groups of children, in activities which contribute to the development of auditory and spoken language skills
  • Provide a comfortable and supportive environment that welcomes parents and caregivers into the school community
  • Direct/supervise teacher assistant
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by the director to support the functioning of the school


  • Participate in meetings with educational team to discuss children's progress
  • Participate in staff meetings, weekly
  • Participate in parent meetings as needed
  • Participate in CASSLS conferences
  • Participate in parent workshops or Clarke community events


  • Create written plans that are designed to meet the needs of the children in the class and that reflect NYS Learning Standards and IEP goals
  • Communicate with parents through various modes such as communication notebooks and school blog
  • Prepare progress reports and IEP proposals
  • Daily assessment of progress
  • Promote Clarke's Mission and Goals


  • NYS certification in Deaf/HH Education preferred
  • Candidates with NYS certification in a related area- Early Childhood Education, TSSLD, Early Childhood Special Education, etc. will be considered
  • Master's degree, preferred
  • Experience in similar role preferred, however new graduates will also be considered
  • Commitment to Clarke's mission and the listening and spoken language approach required
  • LSL Cert AVT or AVEd certification or willingness to pursue
  • Excellent written /spoken English communication
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply

Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination: Clarke Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Clarke Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Director, Human Resources, Andrea Harkins, BS, SHRM-CP, 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060, telephone number 413-582-1155, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Clarke Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Clarke Schools may be referred to Andrea Harkins or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone number 800-421-3481.

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