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High School Special Education Teacher

High School Special Education Teacher


Hamilton Community Schools is seeking dedicated educators to apply for the position of Special Education Teacher at Hamilton High School for the 2024-25 school year. We are eager to connect with quality candidates who are results-driven and committed to inspiring students to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Under the supervision of the building principal, educators will plan, organize, and implement a comprehensive instructional program in a high school setting, guiding and encouraging students to reach their full academic potential.


LOCATION: Hamilton High School



  • Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
  • Develops schemes of work, lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures.
  • Collaborate with grade-level classroom teachers on units, lessons, and assessments.
  • Facilitate IEP meetings for students on your caseload.
  • Coordinate related services for students on your caseload.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment.
  • Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction.
  • Manage student behavior by establishing and enforcing expectations and procedures.  When appropriate collaborate with team members to complete a functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support plan for individual students.
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school.
  • Provide appropriate feedback on work.
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of student progress and development.
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by laws, district policies and school regulations.
  • Prepare required reports on students and activities.
  • Participate in department, school, district and parent meetings.
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, teachers, related services staff and parents regarding student progress and student needs.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Prepare classroom and/or learning environment for all learning opportunities.
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.
  • Observe and evaluate student's performance and development using formative and summative assessments.
  • Communicate regularly with teachers and parents in various forms: email, newsletters, phone calls, etc.
  • Work with or understanding of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).
  • Work with or understanding of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
  • Previous work with or understanding of Standards-Based Grading 

Other functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities and support the school improvement plan and district improvement plan.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations as directed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • B.A/B.S degree in teaching from an accredited institution or related field teaching
  • Michigan certification in teaching in appropriate subject area.
  • Certificate with certification in Special Education (at least one special education endorsement area required). 
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must have the proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program.
  • Knowledge and implementation of relevant technology and assistive technology.
  • Meet professional teacher education requirements of school, district and state.

REPORTS TO:  Building Principal


START DATE: 2024-2025 School Year


SALARY RANGE: Per HEA Master Agreement



  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • $25,000 Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Cash in lieu option  



Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25+ pounds. 



Hamilton Community Schools is a rural district in West Michigan, located south of Holland and east of Saugatuck. Our well-maintained district includes one preschool learning center (Sandyview), three elementary schools (Bentheim, Blue Star, and Hamilton Elementary), one middle school, one high school, and the Hamilton Virtual School. Despite covering a large area of 135 square miles, Hamilton retains a small-town feel.


As one of the 18 member public school districts within the Ottawa Intermediate School District (OAISD), Hamilton Community Schools employs 400 staff members and serves over 2,400 full-time students, along with 1,100 non-public students across various programs and formats. Renowned throughout the state, our district is celebrated for balancing a small-town atmosphere with educational innovation, catering to the needs of every learner. With a strong focus on K-12 academics, work-based learning, athletics, and the arts, Hamilton is a destination district. WE are HAWKEYES!



Submit an application, cover letter and resume using the online application system. 


Deadline to apply:  The search committee will review applications until the position is filled.  However, for best consideration, applications should be submitted by July 19, 2024.


Any questions can be sent to Sara McIntyre, Director of Student Services 



Hamilton Community Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, color, height, weight, marital status, familial status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status with applicable state and federal laws.

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