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Keaukaha Elementary - Grade K-6 Special Education Teacher (2024-03789)


The Elementary Special Education Teacher at Keaukaha Elementary School will be responsible for providing individualized education to students with varying disabilities, ensuring they receive the appropriate support and instruction to meet their educational goals. This role involves creating and implementing individualized education programs (IEPs), collaborating with general education teachers, specialists, and families, and fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Responsibilities: Develop and Implement Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): Assess students' abilities and needs to determine appropriate IEP goals and objectives. Create and adapt lesson plans to meet each student's unique needs and learning styles. Regularly review and update IEPs to reflect students' progress and changing needs. Instruction and Support: Provide direct instruction to students in various subjects, focusing on their individual needs and abilities. Use a variety of teaching methods, including hands-on activities, technology, and differentiated instruction, to engage students and enhance learning. Implement behavior management strategies to support positive behavior and create a conducive learning environment. Collaboration: Work closely with general education teachers to ensure students with disabilities are included in mainstream classrooms whenever possible. Collaborate with other specialists (e.g., speech therapists, occupational therapists) to provide comprehensive support to students. Communicate regularly with parents and guardians to discuss student progress, goals, and any concerns. Assessment and Evaluation: Conduct regular assessments to monitor student progress and determine the effectiveness of instructional strategies. Use assessment data to inform instruction and make necessary adjustments to teaching methods and IEP goals. Compliance and Documentation: Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of student progress, IEP meetings, and any other relevant documentation. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding special education services and documentation. Professional Development: Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities to stay current with best practices in special education. Engage in collaborative professional learning communities within the school to share strategies and improve instructional practices. Advocacy: Advocate for the needs and rights of students with disabilities within the school and the broader community. Promote awareness and understanding of special education and inclusive practices among staff, students, and families. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's degree in Special Education or a related field. A master's degree is preferred. Certification: Valid teaching certification in Special Education. Experience: Previous experience working with elementary-aged children with disabilities is highly desirable. Skills: Strong understanding of special education laws and regulations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to create and implement effective IEPs. Patience, empathy, and a passion for working with children with special needs. Proficiency in using educational technology and adaptive tools. Key Attributes: Compassionate and Patient: Demonstrates understanding and patience while working with students with diverse needs. Collaborative: Works well with colleagues, parents, and other stakeholders to support student success. Innovative: Employs creative and effective teaching strategies to engage students and foster learning. Organized: Manages multiple tasks and responsibilities efficiently, maintaining detailed records and meeting deadlines. This position at Keaukaha Elementary offers a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of students with special needs, helping them to achieve their full potential in a supportive and inclusive educational environment.

Minimum Qualifications

The Hawaii State Department of Education is committed to hiring highly qualified teachers in every classroom. With the exception of designated Career and Technology Education (CTE) positions, the minimum qualification to apply for a teacher, librarian or counselor position is a Bachelor's Degree.

If you are hired without completing a Teacher's Education Program, you have a maximum of 3 years to obtain a valid Hawaii teaching license. You must enroll in a Program to continue employment with the Department. Within each year of employment, you must satisfactorily demonstrate active pursuit towards meeting Hawaii licensing requirements, as set forth by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB). It is your responsibility to ensure the program you have enrolled is aligned with the teaching line you are hired in.

Upon hire you will need to have a valid Hawaii teaching license or Emergency Hire Permit. You may apply for your Hawaii teaching license on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Website (

Supplemental Information

Please visit to review the eligibility requirements for all bonuses, differentials, and initial salary placement. To obtain a Hawaii Teaching License, which is required to receive any salary differentials, please apply with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board at

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Certificated 10-Month Teachers enjoy a range of competitive benefits:
  • Compensation: 10-month teachers shall be compensated for the applicable Bargaining Unit 05 10-month salary schedule for working a 10-month work year. Salaries, Benefits, and Support - Teach in Hawaii
  • 18 Days of Paid Sick Leave and State/Federal Holidays: 10-month teachers receive 18 days of paid sick leave (of which 6 can be utilized for personal and/or professional development purposes) during the school year provided that all conditions under the respective collective bargaining agreement are met.
  • Health Insurance: If eligible, the State pays a part of the premiums for each employee's enrollment in a State sponsored Medical, Drug, Vision, and Adult Dental Plan. For more information, please visit the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund | Home to see premiums and contributions for Bargaining Unit 05 members.
  • Group Life Insurance: The State provides a free life insurance policy for employees and retirees.
  • Premium Conversion Plan: Participating employees may increase their take-home pay by having the State deduct the cost of health care premiums before payroll taxes are withheld.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Eligible employees can reduce their federal and state income taxes and social security taxes through a tax-savings benefit program called Island Flex ( This program allows employees to set aside money from their paychecks to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and eligible dependent care expenses on a BEFORE-TAX basis.
  • Retirement Plan: The State contributes to a retirement plan for eligible employees. Generally, employees with at least 10 years of credited service and who have reached 62 years of age or have 30 years of credited service and are 55 years old may retire and receive benefits. For more information, please visit ERS (
  • Tax Shelter Annuity (TSA): If eligible, Department employees are able to participate in a tax shelter annuity program. The TSA plan allows eligible employees to contribute pre-tax dollars to an employee-selected investment service provider authorized to provide TSA products.
  • Deferred Compensation: The State offers employees a tax deferred (sheltered) retirement investment program. This program is an opportunity to build a retirement nest egg through voluntary payroll deductions. Several investment options are available.
  • Temporary Disability Insurance: Qualified employees may be eligible to receive benefits for a disability caused by a non-work related injury or illness under this program.
  • Social Security: As an employer, the State also contributes to an employee's social security account.
  • Workers' Compensation: If an employee is injured while on the job, benefits covering medical expenses and partial wage support may be available through workers' compensation.
  • Union & Collective Bargaining: Employees have the right to join the union for collective bargaining with the State and employee representation. Some employee unions provide discounts, insurance and other opportunities. 12-Month Teachers are represented by the Hawaii State Teachers Association. More information can be found at by visiting the HSTA.
The above is intended as a general summary of the benefits offered and is subject to change. This does not constitute a contract or binding agreement. Benefits vary by type of employment appointment and collective bargaining agreements.

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