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ESY Special Education Teacher – WISCA – Sharpsburg

The Watson Institute is hiring a special education teacher for the extended school year (ESY) summer program at our WISCA program at our Sharpsburg location, located 6 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA.

Schedule: ESY program runs July 9 – August  1, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday ONLY) and Friday, August 2, 2019 (all days are mandatory)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mandatory training on July 8, 2019

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Employment Type: Seasonal

Location: Sharpsburg, PA

200 Linden Avenue | Sharpsburg, PA 15215


  • Plan and conduct assessments – record and interpret assessment data
  • Develop, maintain and monitor present education levels, goals, objectives, success criteria and specially designed instructions for Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
  • Plan, implement and adapt instructional activities from online curriculum
  • Support students of all ages and abilities with the online curriculum
  • Organize and maintain a safe and effective learning environment
  • Utilize appropriate behavior management strategies and techniques
  • Communicate routinely with parents and appropriate school district personnel
  • Work effectively with the instructional team
  • Supervise activities of classroom aide(s)
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills required: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize and present written and verbal information about students
  • Ability to organize the learning environments of students
  • Ability to work as a transdisciplinary team member
  • Ability to manage students’ behavior
  • Ability to plan and implement student instruction
  • Ability to supervise paraprofessional staff



  • Bachelor degree; advanced degree preferred
  • PA Special Education Teaching Certification in Special Education
  • Highly qualified in secondary content area (i.e. Math, English, Science) is preferred
  • Excellent skills in the use of the internet, Microsoft products, and Apple products
  • Two years teaching experience in special education/children with autism is preferred
  • Willing to be trained in working with an online curriculum
  • Willing to be trained in Comprehensive Crisis Management and ability to use the physical management strategies taught
  • Current PA clearances – Acts 34, 114 and 151