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SPED Teacher 24-25

companyBreakthrough Montessori PCS
locationWashington, DC, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Salary: Salary starts at $57,700 and will be commensurate with degree and years of experience 

Job Opportunity: SPED Teacher 

Location: Washington, DC 

Department: Student Support 

Application Deadline: Until filled 

Employment Type: Full-time 

Expected Start Date of Position: July 2024

Reports to: Director of Student Support 

Compensation: Salary starts at $57,000 and will be commensurate with degree and years of experience 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

About Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School 

reakthrough Montessori Public Charter School's mission is to enable children to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.

Founded in 2016, Breakthrough Montessori is a public charter school in Washington, DC. In the 2024-25 school year, we will serve 388 students in PK3 through grade 6. At Breakthrough Montessori PCS, we believe in the unbounded potential of all children. Students of all races, classes, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and backgrounds deserve a personalized education. 

Our school is grounded in an institutional commitment to development, prevention, and community. We support human development through a strict application of the time-tested Montessori instructional model. We support prevention through early learning, support, and intervention, enabling us to quickly and effectively address learning challenges. Finally, we support the community through an intensive approach to family engagement. 

Breakthrough Montessori PCS is committed to equity in all areas of our school's work. We believe in the unbounded potential of all children. Therefore, we are a supportive environment that seeks to employ a diverse staff reflective of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. 

Breakthrough Montessori PCS is a coaching school; all team members receive and give coaching to support professional growth. 

Position Summary: 

The SPED teacher is an important role for a special education credentialed individual who will function as the lead in a classroom, serving our most high-needs population as they learn skills to acclimate to their Montessori classrooms. This person will utilize research-based interventions/strategies to assist students in accessing Montessori materials and strengthen their academic, functional and social-emotional skills to support their work in their classroom communities. They will work under the direction of the Director of Student Support and complete all tasks associated with the instruction of the aforementioned children while in your care. You should expect to provide both individualized and small group instruction (i.e. 2 or more

students), as well as be flexible to meet the needs of the students/school.. Children would typically be separated by age/skill band with groups closely mirroring our Montessori classrooms in ages 3-6 years, 6-9 years, and 9-12 years. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 

The SPED teacher is an 11-month position.  Typical working hours are Monday 8:00am-4:30pm and Tuesday-Friday from 8:00  am-4:00 pm. Responsibilities include the following: 

  • Special education: case management, attend IEP meetings, provide specialized instruction services, log services, coordinate with service providers, maintain individual student data binders, develop IEP goals, complete paperwork in SEDS, and liaise with parents for all students with IEPs on your caseload. 
  • Interventions: Design and implement interventions for students struggling in reading, math, or other areas. 
  • Data collection and review: Support with data collection to help identify students suspected of having a disability and receiving Special Education services. Support teachers in the collection and analysis of relevant data. Regularly review data to inform student support (academic, emotional, behavioral, etc.) 
  • Training: Participate in Montessori, SafetyCare, or other specialized training as deemed appropriate for the role 
  • Other duties as assigned by school leaders include substituting, covering classes, and assisting during arrival and dismissal. 
  • Participate in other school functions and activities as requested by the Executive Director 

Required Competencies and Qualifications: 

  • Have a firm commitment to upholding the school’s mission and anti-bias/anti-racist pedagogy. 
  • Commitment to upholding the confidentiality of students and parents 
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a diverse team of educators 
  • Self-starter and self-manager 
  • Interest in learning to use Montessori materials required 
  • Experience collaborating and working with classroom teachers and assistants ● Enthusiasm and commitment to our vision and mission 
  • Creative, energetic, and nurturing personality 
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Experience with families from diverse backgrounds 
  • Fluency in a language other than English is a plus 

Education and Experience: 

  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, parents, and families. ● Bachelor‘s degree in applicable field required 
  • Special Education certification and/or degree required 
  • Montessori Primary or Elementary Diploma preferred 
  • Experience in the field of special education and with academic interventions


We provide employees with a robust leave policy that includes:

  • Paid personal time off
  • Paid COVID sick leave
  • Paid family leave (in addition to DC paid family leave)
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Paid leave for the observation of a religious holiday 

Breakthrough invests heavily in the professional development (PD) of our faculty through:

  • A weekly early release schedule with professional development and collaborative planning time from 1:30-4:30 pm every Monday;
  • An individual professional development budget of $250/year to pursue additional PD opportunities;
  • Conference participation and 
  • A Continuing Education grant program that provides grantees up to $20,000 to complete Montessori teacher training, an advanced degree or other license. 

Other benefits include:

  • Health, dental, vision
  • Retirement (Vanguard Retirement)
  • Educator wellness groups, facilitated by a clinical psychologist.

For information on Breakthrough Montessori PCS, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at

Breakthrough Montessori PCS is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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