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Severe Needs Teacher - Prairie Middle School

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Job Title: Severe Needs Teacher

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Classification Group: Cherry Creek Education Association

Supervising Position: School Principal or designee

Pay Plan: Certified/Licensed

Pay Range: Certified/Licensed Salary Schedule

Last Updated: 01/26/2024

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JOB SUMMARY: Develop coursework to support effective instruction of students with affective and severe needs at the school level. Effectively deliver instruction that promotes an exemplary educational program and ensures success for all students. Assignments include: Autism Classroom, Behavior Development (BD), Early Childhood Severe Needs, Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Severe Emotional Disability (SED), and Transition Programming.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The subsequent duties outline the fundamental operations of the position and exemplify the nature of the tasks carried out. They do not encompass a comprehensive inventory of the obligations and responsibilities fulfilled in this role. The approximation of frequencies and time allocation percentages are flexible and subject to the requirements of the organization. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Task Descriptions Frequency Percentage of Time

Instruct students in large, small, and one-on-one situations.
Daily 30%

Develop, plan, prepare, and implement course content, format, structure, schedule, individualized programs of instruction for students, classroom materials and curriculum, lesson plans, and learning activities.
Daily 20%

Administer, edit, proofread, and grade students' assignments and assessments.
Daily 10%

Design assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways and use the data to give meaningful feedback and modify instruction.
Daily 10%

Create a classroom environment which maximizes instructional opportunity, supervise the behavior and well-being of students in the classroom and all educational settings, and administer discipline when appropriate.
Daily 5%

Monitor student growth and progress, adapt support as needed, and maintain documentation pertinent to academic, social, and emotional progress and needs of students.
Daily 5%

Communicate students' progress, needs, and eligibility with parents/guardians and other staff as needed.
Daily 5%

Collaborate with teachers, support personnel, administrators, and colleagues to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes.
Daily 5%

Participate in department, team, building, and District meetings and discussions; student and/or family conferences; social, cultural, interscholastic, and extracurricular activities; and professional growth opportunities.
Daily 5%

Perform other duties as assigned or requested.
Daily 5% TOTAL 100%

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
  • N/A

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The minimum prerequisites of formal education, professional work experience, certifications, licenses, endorsements, designations, trainings, and other criteria that a candidate must fulfill to be considered for a position. It is essential that certifications, licenses, endorsements, designations, and trainings are fulfilled, valid, and not expired.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three (3) years of professional, certified teaching experience
  • Colorado Department of Education (CDE) teaching license
  • Colorado Special Education Teacher endorsement applicable to position incumbent's assigned program
  • Mandatory biennial Crisis Prevention Intervention training provided by the District
  • Use of personal transportation or vehicle not required
  • Use of personal cell phone not required
  • Criminal background check and fingerprinting required for hire
  • Intermediate communication, organization, and human relations skills
  • Ability to align curriculum and assessments with state content standards
  • Ability to support programs designed to increase student achievement
  • Ability to assume leadership in the development and communication of programs and curriculum
  • Ability and desire to work as a team member
  • Ability to actively participate in a Professional Learning Community
  • Ability to understand, appreciate, and make accommodations for student diversity
  • Ability to serve as a role model and an innovative and creative learner with an insatiable thirst for knowledge that stays on the cutting edge of instructional practice and pedagogy

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS: The physical demands, mental functions, cognitive capacities, and work environment factors required to perform a position's essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Very heavy work strength level (lifting or carrying over 100 pounds)
  • Primarily works indoors
  • Typically a loud noise level
  • Prolonged standing and walking
  • Squatting
  • Frequent bending, reaching, and climbing
  • Occasional lifting, pulling, and pushing
  • Speaking and hearing
  • Visual concentration
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • Manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard
  • Concentrated reading/writing/mathematics
  • Special needs classroom environment
  • Normal school district environment
  • May work outdoors when monitoring student activities
  • May be required to perform physical restraint
  • May be required to assist students with custodial needs such as feeding, toilet, etc.
  • Work location is subject to change to meet the requirements of the organization

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Formal education, professional work experience, certifications, licenses, endorsements, designations, trainings, and other qualifications relevant to the position that are strongly preferred but not mandatory for a candidate to be considered.
  • Master's degree
  • Three (3) years of special education teaching experience
  • Experience working in the public sector
  • Experience advising school clubs/co-curricular activities
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Racially conscious and culturally competent with the skill, will, capacity, and knowledge to commit to a culture of continuous improvement


The Cherry Creek School District is one of the highest-achieving school districts in Colorado. We educate more than 53,000 children, representing over 150 languages. We serve over 300,000 residents in 108 square miles spreading across eight municipalities: Cherry Hills Village, Centennial, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, and portions of Aurora, Englewood, and Denver. We employ over 3,700 teachers who serve in our 67 schools and programs. Ninety-eight percent of our schools rank in the highest category of Accreditation by the Colorado Department of Education. 

We are proud of our longstanding national record of excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and activities. It is a testament to the efforts of a supportive community, involved parents, dedicated staff members, and motivated students. 

Professional learning opportunities and support for educators are abundant in Cherry Creek, including educator mentorship, new educator orientation, district-level professional learning, and school-based learning teams - all directed toward developing educator craft and increasing student achievement. 

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the many opportunities in our district and the wonderful lifestyle of Colorado.

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