St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, MS seeks a dynamic, innovative Early Childhood Specialist as we fulfill Our Vision for the Future:
“In 2021 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a beacon of educational innovation, inclusivity, and wellness, empowering generations of Saints to impact the world.”
The Early Childhood Specialist will support students with different learning and social-emotional needs and assist teachers and parents/guardians in their efforts to advance students with different needs.
Observing and evaluating individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assessing their strengths and challenges.
Participating in classroom instruction as needed.
Directing one-on-one and small-group instruction utilizing a variety of teaching methods to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
Developing and writing student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific objectives.
Providing regular written student progress reports to the school and parents/guardians with assessment results and recommendations of diagnostic testing and remedial programs for learning-related issues.
Maintaining confidential student records and keeping accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
Initiating and scheduling parent/guardian conferences as needed.
Recommending in-school and community resources for identified students.
Working with professionals outside the school to support students.
Coordinating and facilitating communication between students, families, faculty, administrators, and other involved professionals.
Oversee accommodations for qualifying students.
Collaborating with colleagues across the early childhood center and lower school as well as the student support services department.
Providing on-going support and professional development to faculty.
Attending and contributing in full, divisional, departmental, and team faculty meetings.
Taking an active role in professional activities and attending relevant professional meetings and conferences.
Staying abreast of the latest advances in specialized instruction.
The ideal candidate will be a leader, collaborator, mentor, innovator, and facilitator as well as possess the following qualifications:
Master’s degree in early childhood education, special education, or related field.
A minimum of five to eight years of teaching experience. Experience in an independent school preferred.
Orton-Gillingham certification preferred.
Responsive classroom training and experience preferred.
Knowledge of child development, learning disabilities, psycho-educational tests, reports, and assistive technology.
Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results, academic achievement, and diagnostic testing.
Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective, professional relationships with students, faculty, administrators, parents/guardians, alumni, and guests.
High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Self-motivated with the ability to handle multiple, simultaneous, and complex projects.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
About St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a vibrant community dedicated to living out our mission of nurturing a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, fostering spiritual growth, moral responsibility, academic excellence, and artistic and athletic pursuits, while preparing for a life of service to our community and the world. We are an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving nearly 1100 students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. St. Andrew’s is a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and families of many faiths, cultures, and races and economic backgrounds. Founded in 1947, the school occupies two campuses in the Jackson, MS metro area. The South Campus houses the Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade 4) in Jackson, and the North Campus houses the Middle School (grades 5 through 8) and Upper School (grades 9 through 12) in Ridgeland.