2023-24 Special Education Classroom Teacher

Last Updated: Dec, 7, 2022|

About Us

In July 2019, Compass Community Schools opened six high-quality charter schools (five elementary and one middle/high) in the Memphis communities of Binghampton, Berclair, Frayser, Hickory Hill, Midtown, and Orange Mound. We focus intently on three pillars – academic excellence, values-based character education, and service learning in the community – as we prepare our students for college and life-long success.

Our vision is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideal of education: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” This true education – provided within a supportive, joyful, and hopeful school culture – will prepare our students to be positive agents of change in our communities.

Position Overview

Compass Community Schools is seeking experienced special education classroom teachers across our six campuses (five K-8 sites at Berclair, Binghampton, Frayser, Hickory Hill, and Orange Mound, and one 9-12 high school in Midtown) for the upcoming school year.

Primary Responsibilities

● Imparting a love of learning in our students who need the most support

● Oversee progress monitoring to ensure that special education student needs are being met.

● Implement special education policies and operating procedures with utmost compliance and integrity.

● Ensure student records are carefully maintained and that all timelines are adhered to regarding student evaluations.

● Lead due process hearings and IEP meetings.

● Support and contribute to a school-wide focus on three pillars: academic excellence, values-based character education, and service learning in the community.

● Claim ownership of the privilege and responsibility to ensure high levels of student learning.

● Establish a supportive, joyful, and hopeful classroom culture that has high expectations for students’ individual and collective success.

● Instruct students with purpose, clarity, and urgency.

● Monitor student progress to ensure that student needs are being met.

● Communicate regularly with families as partners in the education of their children.

● Welcome opportunities to develop professionally.

Special Education Teacher Pay & Perks:

● Intentionally small school settings – K-8 sites have only about 225 students in total, and one classroom per grade level; Midtown high school has less than 400 students in total.

● Collaborative professional development (PLCs) supported by a network level Director of Special Education, as well as network-level content leads 

● Robust medical, dental, and vision plan with significant employer contributions to premiums

● 100% employer-funded short-term disability, life, and accidental death insurance

● Contributions in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (AAA-rated pension plan)

● Salary ranges from $46,000 to $53,500

● Sign-on bonuses available

Qualifications

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree

● REQUIRED: valid Tennessee teaching license (generally, with endorsement #144, #145 or #461)

● ENCOURAGED: Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply

● Affinity with, and passion for, the compelling vision of Compass Community Schools

● Strong content knowledge in all content areas 

● Driving commitment to advance student learning

● Ability to lead students toward a joyful and productive learning environment

● Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

● Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to build productive relationships with students and colleagues

● Desire to work hard in a balanced, extended school calendar

● Utmost personal and professional integrity

What We Offer

● Mission-driven, joyful, respectful working environments

● Intentionally small school settings

● Opportunity to positively impact the lives of Memphis youth

● Competitive compensation and benefits package

Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to recruiting@compassmemphis.org .