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Special Education Teacher

Mountain Sage Community School
Fort Collins, Colorado
Base rate starts at $40,000

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​Mountain Sage Community School is a K-8 public, charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, and is located in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.  

Our school is currently seeking an experienced, organized, and thoughtful person to fulfill the role as Special Education Teacher. The ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge in all aspects of special education for children ages 5-14, be comfortable in a supervisory role and able to manage a team effectively, possess some knowledge of Waldorf education and child development, and be looking to join a collaborative community for the long term. The typical hours for this position are 8-4, Monday-Friday, during the school year, with some additional hours for all-school events. 


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, full-time 

WORK HOURS: 40 hours per week 


BASE PAY: $40,000 plus increases per the salary schedule

REPORTS TO: School Director 



Minimum Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Support students receiving integrated services on a daily basis through:


  • Instructing students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) individually, in small groups, and in the general education setting


    Assisting other Mountain Sage teachers with instruction of Special Education students in the framework of district and state academic standards and in alignment with the school’s Waldorf-inspired curriculum


    Maintaining and managing required documentation, adhering to federal, state and district guidelines for all student reporting and deadlines 


    Working with the Integrated Services team to develop and manage IEPs


    Coordinating the scheduling of staff and parents for IEP meetings


    Collaborating with the school Intervention Team, as needed


    Developing course content, format, structure


    Organizing schedules of students to ensure delivery of support services


    Creating and managing the schedules and tasks of paraprofessionals toward implementation of student support services


    Working with school’s authorizer, Poudre School District, and its representatives, as needed


    Communicating student progress and needs with parents and staff


    Understand, appreciate, and make accommodations for student diversity


    Upholding school policies and rules with students


    Working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions


    Participating in school social and cultural events


    Coverage and other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • Desire to learn Mountain Sage’s philosophy, to implement the school’s Waldorf-inspired program, and to uphold and promote the mission and values of the school


    Colorado Special Education Teacher licensure for K-8


    Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) required within 3 months of hire


    2+ years of experience working with special needs students in a classroom setting


Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience


    Experience with the online platform, Enrich, for IEP management


    Familiarity with Poudre School District IS processes and procedures


    Ability to engage in Waldorf special education training 


    Knowledge of restorative practices in schools


    Understanding of experiential learning


Physical Requirements

Must be able to:


  • Stand for an extended period


    Work outside in all weather conditions, including extreme winter conditions/temperatures


    Take children to nearby nature trails and areas for extended periods of time in all weather conditions, located within walking distance


    Maneuver uneven surfaces


    Carry or transfer up to 20lbs


    Work in occasionally loud environments


    Frequently use office technology including walkie talkie, phone, computer, copiers, and printers


    Use commercial office tools including paper cutters and stapler



Minimum base salary of $40,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, PTO, a 3-year loyalty bonus, and yearly professional development opportunities.. 


To Apply

  1. Visit our school website prior to applying:


    Submit the online application. You will need:


    • Cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability;


      Statement of educational philosophy;




      Three professional references with phone numbers and email addresses. 


No phone calls. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application. 

Mountain Sage Community School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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