Lead Special Education Teacher 2022-2023

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay of Northern California.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade to fourth grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


The Special Education Teacher works under the direction of the Special Education Manager, providing instruction, assessment and program planning for special education students with mild to moderate disabilities. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student progress, providing differentiated instructional materials for students, managing classroom behaviors, and collaboration with teachers and parents. The Special Education teacher works within a self-contained classroom or within a push-in/pull-out environment.


The Special Education Teacher will be part of our Instructional Support Team, helping ensure that all students receive the support they need to be successful at school.

  • Provide direct, differentiated instruction to achieve academic goals for students in the classroom
  • Provide a range of supports which may include small group instruction and individual instruction
  • Utilize data to create, monitor, and adjust individualized goals for students on your caseload.
  • Build a safe and effective environment through appropriate classroom supports and coordination with related service providers
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of classroom students, prepare progress reports, and report cards as appropriate
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary team meetings for students and implement team recommendations in the classroom
  • Train and provide direction and guidance to assigned personnel and staff in the classroom
  • Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure content is aligned when applicable
  • Support the implementation of accommodations and modifications for students on your caseload when reintegrating into the General Education classroom
  • Work with parents to ensure understanding of their child’s progress and needs, and provide tools to support children at home.
  • Attend IEP meetings when necessary


  • At least 3 years experience working in a Special Education environment (identifying supports, setting goals and delivering specialized academic instruction)
  • A background working with young children in need of supports (ages 3-11), English Language Learners
  • Experience supporting regulation and communication needs in younger students

A Plus If

  • Master's in Special Education
  • Experience working in a special day class or cross categorical classroom setting
  • If you speak fluent Spanish or Tongan and have worked with a diverse population of children and families


Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit. Annual salary range begins at $71,000.

HOW TO APPLY TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application! The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Special Education Teacher

Experience Level

Mid Level

The Primary School

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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