Soaring Eagle Academy

Now Hiring! *SIGN ON BONUS OFFERED

Current positions available

Please complete the employee application and mail it with your resume to:

Soaring Eagle Academy
800 Parkview Blvd Lombard, IL 60148

or email to school@soaringeagleacademy.org

No phone calls please.

Sign on bonus through DECEMBER 2022 for Full Time Hires

Teacher Assistants, Teachers, SLP, and Mental Health Therapists eligible for a $500 Sign on Bonus and part time OT up to $250 bonus.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire.

Full Time TEACHER ASSISTANT-Paraprofessional/Substitute Teacher

  • Fantastic hours 8:30-3:00 (32.5 hours/week) full time.
  • $500 Sign on BONUS for full time hires.
  • Great hourly rate $18.00 per hour.
  • Opportunity to grow, gain knowledge in our teaching model and be considered for higher positions within our school.
  • Amazing benefits.
  • Great team collaboration with colleagues passionate about supporting students and each other!
  • Act as a student’s one on one player in a variety of settings, (including interaction on the floor, at student’s work station, during academics, while walking/running in hallways, outside or at community outings) facilitating and supporting capacities for shared attention, regulation, engagement, forming ideas, problem-solving and thinking during one to one and small group teaching, within a hands-off/ non-physical restraint trauma informed child-centered collaborative environment.

Make a difference in the life of a child with Autism! $500 Sign on BONUS for full time hires!!

Patience and compassion for individual differences of students with special needs in a one-of-a-kind therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL serving students with Autism, ages 3 to 21 years old.

Join a comprehensive team of dedicated, child-centered professionals supporting our students and their families, in a calm/nurturing but fast paced and dynamic environment, working together to harness each student’s joy for interaction, play, communication and learning. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our hands-off/ non-physical restraint, language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring!

Our 1:1 Teacher Assistants have a central role, the heart of our model, in the support of our students. Requires a Paraprofessional license or a valid teacher/substitute teacher license. Easy to acquire with 60 or more college credit hours or pass the paraprofessional basic skills test.

Work 44.4 weeks of the year, 222 days. 6 weeks of student non-attendance and holidays.

 

Benefits Include for Full Time:

  • BCBS medical, dental and vision.
  • Short-term/long-term disability and a life insurance at no cost to employee.
  • 7 PTO days per school year.
  • 2 paid holidays of Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • 403B retirement plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Reflective processing to support you in your work serving our student population.

Compensation: Hourly rate $18.00. $500 Sign on BONUS (details provided upon full time offer of employment).

SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking, implementing DIR® Floortime principles, to understand and support students’ social and academic development. Join our 2021-22 School year with all staff working in our school building 5 full days per week providing in person teaching, following strict IDPH, CDC, ISBE and local public health department COVID-19 guidelines including social distancing, handwashing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability within a mask optional environment.

For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

Essential Functions:

  • Act as the student’s one on one player in a variety of settings, (including interaction on the floor or at student’s work station, during academics, while walking/running in hallways, outside or at community outings) facilitating and supporting capacities for shared attention, regulation, engagement, forming ideas, problem-solving and thinking.
  • Attune and respond to the student’s intentions providing meaning to their actions.
  • Be the student’s voice, verbally acknowledging their actions/intentions to them and others.
  • Support the student’s comprehension by interpreting verbalizations and actions of others and stimuli within the environment.
  • Build a relationship with the student, always working to expand the relationship, critical for supporting the student’s ability to be engaged and available for learning throughout the day.
  • Support and facilitate student capacities for language development, comprehension and communication, including using appropriate language levels according to your student’s profile.
  • Read, prepare and follow a complex daily/weekly lesson developed by your Classroom Teacher.
  • Recognize student’s interests and follow the student’s lead to engage in interactions allowing for elaboration and challenge of the student’s capacities.
  • Support and lead individual and small group social and educational activities under direction of the classroom teacher.
  • If assigned to the Transition 18-21 year old classroom, will work in the community supporting students during recreational activities and serving as a job coach during vocational experiences.
  • Ability to wear a face mask at all times in the school building as needed, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by your assigned student including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s (yours and others’) dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions (which may include unpredictable physical conduct by the student against you) according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan and Safety Plan.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support your assigned student when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.’

Full Time LICENSED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - Primary Pod (1st - 4th grade)

Amazing opportunity to work in a cutting-edge developmental language-based school founded by SLPs with attention to student-centered, meaningful and individualized learning.
  • Full Time Salaried position with typical hours 8:00-3:00 Monday to Friday in relationship-based, trauma informed therapeutic day school.
  • Work 44.4 weeks of year with 6 weeks non-student attendance paid vacation breaks for full time hire.
  • Low student caseload generally up to 20.
  • Competitive Salary commensurate with hours/weeks worked and experience.
  • 12 PTO days.
  • BCBS medical, dental and vision.
  • Short-term/long-term disability and a life insurance.
  • 403B retirement plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Reflective processing to support you in your work.
  • Receive supervision and mentoring by an Occupational Therapist (DIR® Certified Trainer) with extensive experience in autism, sensory processing disorder and developmental thinking through the OT lens.
Make a difference in the life of a child with Autism!
 
IL Occupational Therapist License Required. Seeking candidate with professional experience with ASD of varied ages and developmental levels and interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging. Strong foundation and understanding of sensory processing disorders, regulation and modulation required.
 
Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time LICENSED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST starting immediately, to serve in our Primary Pod 1st through 4th grade ( caseload generally up to 20 students) joining our growing staff and student body, teaching in person 5 full days. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures, to the best of our ability in a mask optional environment. (Sign on Bonus through November 2022)*
The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists with an accumulation of over 80 years serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school of its kind to utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking implementing principles of DIR® Floortime, to understand and support students’ social, emotional, language, sensory motor and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with fellow therapists, teachers, support staff and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand developmental language, sensory processing and emotional development and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Occupational Therapist have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
  • Experience/ interest working with children, and their families, of various age and developmental levels with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Strong foundation and understanding of sensory processing disorder, regulation and modulation is required.
  • Interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in DIR® Floortime and developmental language methodology and its effects on sensory processing, regulation and modulation.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Evaluate, plan and implement Occupational Therapy services according to DIR® and Developmental Language model methodology and practices.
     
    * Develop treatment plans and visual supports for each push in therapy and group session keeping a therapy log to document services, student performance, and data collection.
  • Provide individual or group intervention as needed including lunch and recess.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members and parents to maximize services and support to each student.
· Provide direction, instruction and coaching to staff in the classroom environment to support Occupational Therapy plan and goals.
· Lead the development of student’s Individual Regulatory Support Plan (behavior plan) in conjunction with student’s team including SLP, MH, student’s Teacher, DIR Specialist, and school nurse.
· Acknowledge and reflect on each student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.
· Assist and facilitate student directed play, interaction, and classroom work to sustain interactions, problem solving and learning.
· Engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
· Act and respond to each student’s behavior according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individual Regulatory Support Plan and Safety Plan.
· Support appropriate educational curriculum in accordance with Illinois Common Core Learning Standards.
· Assist in developing and maintaining Individual Education Plan goals and collecting progress, monitoring data to report student progress quarterly.
· Participate supporting students during the lunch period.
· Participate in arrival and departure of students
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to wear a facemask when required in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
· Ability to physically manage occupational therapy equipment including but not limited to, setting up/taking down therapeutic swings, climbing ladders and foam stairs, etc.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). FULL TIME- Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 222 days, 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance paid vacation breaks (2-week winter break, spring break, 2 week summer break and one week break before the new school year) and holidays with salary based on these hours, weeks of service and experience. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.
BENEFITS: Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Reflective processing to support your work with students and families.
SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications. * Sign on BONUS details given upon hire.*

Full Time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER K-2nd Grade

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for K-2nd grade classroom in our Primary Elementary Pod ($500 Sign on BONUS), to join our growing staff and student body, for the 2021-22 school year teaching in person 5 full days. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability. 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). FULL TIME– Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.

BENEFITSFULL TIME – Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Supervision and mentoring provided by DIR® Expert Clinician/SLP/SEA Co-Founder that leads the Teachers and Curriculum Team, with extensive experience in autism, developmental language thinking, curriculum development and is a Trainer in the DIR® Floortime model as well as reflective processing offered. Participation in our 403B retirement plan. Work in an environment with state-of-the art materials and equipment.

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications. $500 Sign on Bonus through November 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire. 

 The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions. We are a hands-off school utilizing proactive strategies to interpret the actions and behaviors of students, versus using behavioral methods of time out, consequences and rewards or physical restraint/carry/holds. 

With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Must have LBS1 Special Education License for K-12 

* Experience in an early learning/elementary environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized.

* Knowledge and expertise in child development.

* Knowledge and experience working with young children and their families.

* Interactive style that is naturally playful, affectual and engaging.

* Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

* Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.
  • Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.
  • Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to support students in personal care including toileting, feeding/eating, etc.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

Full Time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER 1st - 4th Grade Classroom

  • $ Sign on BONUS through September 2022 for full time hires.
  • Salaried position with typical hours 8:00-3:00 Monday to Friday in relationship-based, trauma informed therapeutic day school.
  • Amazing opportunity to work in a one-of-a-kind school utilizing developmental language model and DIR Floortime principles versus behavioral methods.
  • Work 46 weeks of year with 6 weeks non-student attendance paid vacation breaks.
  • Competitive Salary commensurate with hours/weeks worked and experience.
  • 12 PTO days.
  • BCBS medical, dental and vision.
  • Short-term/long-term disability and a life insurance.
  • 403B retirement plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Reflective processing to support you in your work.
  • Supervision/mentoring by a DIR® Trainer with extensive experience in autism, curriculum development/implementation, developmental language model and DIR® developmental thinking to support your teaching, lesson plan development and goal writing.

Make a difference in the life of a child with Autism!

LBS1 Special Education License or endorsement for K-12 required.

Seeking a candidate with experience teaching students with ASD of varied ages and developmental levels in an early learning/elementary environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized and an interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.

$ Sign on BONUS through September 2022 for full time hires!!

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for 1st-4th grade classroom in our Primary Elementary Classroom ($Sign on BONUS), to join our growing staff and student body teaching in person 5 full days. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions.

We are a hands-off school utilizing proactive strategies to interpret the actions and behaviors of students, versus using behavioral methods of time out, consequences and rewards or physical restraint/carry/holds. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

QUALIFICATIONS:

· Must have LBS1 Special Education License or endorsement for K-12 

· Experience in an early learning/elementary environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized.

· Knowledge and expertise in child development.

· Knowledge and experience leading teacher assistants, working within a collaborative team and supporting students’ family.

· Interactive style that is naturally playful, affectual and engaging.

· Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

· Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.
  • Conduct the classroom according to DIR® and developmental language model methodology practices.
  • Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.
  • Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to support students in personal care including toileting, feeding/eating, etc.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance and holidays. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.

BENEFITS: Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Supervision and mentoring provided by DIR® Expert Clinician/SLP/SEA Co-Founder that leads the Teachers and Curriculum Team, with extensive experience in autism, developmental language thinking, curriculum development and is a Trainer in the DIR® Floortime model as well as reflective processing offered. Participation in our 403B retirement plan. Work in an environment with state-of-the art materials and equipment.

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications. $ Sign on BONUS details given upon hire.

Full Time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER 4TH - 8TH Grade Classroom

  • $500 Sign on BONUS for full time hires.
  • Salaried position with typical hours 8:00-3:00 Monday to Friday in relationship-based, trauma informed therapeutic day school.
  • Work 46 weeks of year with 6 weeks non-student attendance paid vacation breaks.
  • Competitive Salary commensurate with hours/weeks worked and experience.
  • 12 PTO days.
  • BCBS medical, dental and vision.
  • Short-term/long-term disability and a life insurance.
  • 403B retirement plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Reflective processing to support you in your work.
  • Supervision/mentoring by a DIR® Trainer with extensive experience in autism, curriculum development/implementation, developmental language model and DIR® developmental thinking to support your teaching, lesson plan development and goal writing.

Make a difference in the life of a child with Autism!

LBS1 Special Education License or endorsement for K-12 required.

Seeking a candidate with experience teaching students with ASD of varied ages and developmental levels in an early learning/elementary environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized and an interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.

$500 Sign on BONUS for full time hires!!

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for 4th through 8th grade classroom in our Intermediate Elementary Pod ($500 Sign on BONUS), to join our growing staff and student body teaching in person 5 full days. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions.

We are a hands-off school utilizing proactive strategies to interpret the actions and behaviors of students, versus using behavioral methods of time out, consequences and rewards or physical restraint/carry/holds. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have LBS1 Special Education License or endorsement for K-12 
  • Experience in an elementary learning environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized with a strong interest in the middle/upper grades student population.
  • Knowledge and expertise in child development.
  • Knowledge and experience leading teacher assistants, working within a collaborative team and supporting students’ family.
  • Interactive style that is naturally playful, affectual and engaging.
  • Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.
  • Conduct the classroom according to DIR® and developmental language model methodology practices.
  • Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.
  • Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to support students in personal care including toileting, feeding/eating, etc.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.

BENEFITS: Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Supervision and mentoring provided by DIR® Expert Clinician/SLP/SEA Co-Founder that leads the Teachers and Curriculum Team, with extensive experience in autism, developmental language thinking, curriculum development and is a Trainer in the DIR® Floortime model as well as reflective processing offered. Participation in our 403B retirement plan. Work in an environment with state-of-the art materials and equipment.

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications. $500 Sign on BONUS details given upon hire.