Wahluke High School ( learn more )

Wahluke School District

Mattawa, Washington ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3896758
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : June 25, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

                                                         Wahluke School District  #73


                                                          Position Description


                                     Position Available Beginning 2022-2023 School Year




POSITION TITLE:       Special Education Teacher Resource Room, High School


REPORTS TO:                 Principal, and Special Education Director


CLASSIFICATION:      Certificated non-supervisory; FLSA Exempt


REPRESENTATION:     Union representation available by the Wahluke Education Association (WEA)



The Special Education Teacher will coordinate and provide developmentally appropriate educational services to students whose abilities differ from their peers. Responsible for identifying the individual needs of their students, creating a supportive and effective learning environment and ensuring their students have the resources they need to succeed. This includes serving identified students in a resource room setting as well as an inclusive model. 




  • Current state teaching certificate in Special Education required, or ability to secure a certificate to teach special education qualifying students. English Language Arts and/or Math endorsement preferred.
  • Training and/or experience in the content areas of Math and/or English Language Arts. 
  • Knowledge of the Special Education process and laws.
  • Successful experience implementing G.L.A.D. and/or SIOP instructional strategies preferred; training helpful. 
  • Bilingual/Biliterate Spanish preferred.
  • Understanding of Whole Brain teaching  strategies and successful incorporation into instructional delivery preferred.
  • Understanding/Knowledge of 5D CEL Instructional Frameworks and ability to incorporate dimensions in daily teaching practices.  
  • Knowledge of/training in Safe & Civil Schools, PBIS and /or Character Strong  programs preferred.
  • Technology proficient or ability to gain proficiency to integrate technology into the instructional delivery and for communication and reporting purposes.
  • Skills to motivate students, communicate with individuals from varied educational and cultural backgrounds, direct support personnel, and evaluate student performance.
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate teaching methods, state curriculum standards, education code, appropriate instructional subjects.
  • Successful experience or ability to obtain proficiency in distance learning applications and management techniques.
  • Ability to instruct students and manage behavior.
  • Able to work in a calm, efficient safe manner.
  • Physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds with assistance as well as demonstrated physical agility (i.e., bending, getting up and down from the floor, etc.).
  • Able and expected to attend work as scheduled.
  • Able to model appropriate professional behavior.
  • Ability to solve practical problems, apply appropriate judgment, and deal with a variety of situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of student and district records required. 
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file with the District.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS.  This listing is a representation of job functions and may be exhaustive. 

  1. Participate in special education process from screening through identification, IEP development, and assist in providing appropriate identification and placement of students with disabilities. 

  2. Assist in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, (IDEA) in accordance with district policies and procedures.

  3. Develop and implement a schedule for services

  4. Assignment may emphasis content areas of Math and/or ELA
  5. Support general education teachers

  6. Prepare for classes assigned and show written evidence of preparation upon request.
  7. Teach identified subject areas, social skills, and/or behavior skills to students with a variety of disabilities.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter and competency in instructional practices. 
  9. Schedule and facilitate IEP team meetings.
  10. Design and implement Specially Designed Instruction.
  11. Provide pre-vocational and self-help opportunities.
  12.  Participate in diagnosing each child’s academic, emotional, social and cognitive needs and design instruction which will address these needs.
  13. May perform a variety of medically related activities, such as hygiene (i.e., toileting, diapering, feeding, etc.), body care chores, and cleaning intermittent catheterization as necessary.
  14. Participate as a member of Student Assistance Teams, Multidisciplinary Teams and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
  15. Work cooperatively and closely with administrators, instructional staff members, paraeducators, other school personnel and parents.
  16. Interact positively with students, professional associates, parents and patrons of the school district.
  17. Schedule, supervise and train paraeducators to work in a variety of settings including pull-out and inclusionary settings.
  18. Develop and implement Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and assume responsibilities of case management for each assigned student including students receiving inclusive instruction. 
  19. Assess and monitor student progress using a variety of assessment techniques/instruments and adjust instruction accordingly.
  20. Work closely with classroom teachers in order to align Special Education curriculum with general education curriculum.
  21. Devise instructional procedures that actively engage all learners.
  22. Prepare reports and other documentation as necessary in a timely manner.
  23. Coordinate and schedule meetings regarding programming and placement of students on individual education programs.
  24. Attend designated department meetings and trainings.
  25. Develop appropriate post-secondary transition goals and opportunities.
  26. Provide flexible inclusion schedules for individual students as appropriate.
  27. Collect student data using a variety of data collection forms for purposes of determining appropriate instruction.
  28. Monitors student activities for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment and adhering to education code, district, and/or school policies.
  29. Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude and establish an environment that supports high achievement in students.
  30. Provides for individual differences in the learning needs of students, provides a classroom climate that is based upon mutual respect, rapport, fairness, and consistency ensuring that every child has an equitable opportunity for success.
  31. Willingness and ability to attend trainings, including travel.  Maybe outside the school year calendar, may include overnight.
  32. Proficient in the use of technology to enhance student learning.
  33. Abide by state statutes, school board policies, and regulations.
  34. Ability and willingness to attend student field trips.
  35. Maintain professional student boundaries.
  36. May provide and manage distance learning.
  37. Maintains confidentiality and non-judgmental views of children and families served.
  38. Perform job related, non-teaching duties
  39. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor


The Wahluke School District #73 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on a basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorable discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in our programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated your groups.  Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to; Athletic Director, Title IX Coordinator at jhaak@wahluke.net or (509)932-4477; Civil Rights Coordinator, HR Director at lleitz@wahluke.net or (509)932-4565: Section 504 Compliance, Student Support Services Director at dgarza@wahluke.net or (509)932-4565.  School District address:  411 E. Saddle Mt. Dr., Mattawa, WA  99349  

Wahluke is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Employer Description

    Wahluke School District, Mattawa, WA Located in the sunny, dry, moderate climate, central part of Washington State.
    The Wahluke School District serves approximately 2,400 students in grades PreK-12. Enrollment is expected to continue to grow. There are six schools within the District; Mattawa Elementary serves grades Prek-5, Saddle Mountain Elementary K-5, Morris Schott Elementary School serves K-5, Wahluke Junior High School serves students in grades 6-8, Wahluke High School serves grades 9-12, and Sentinel Tech Alternative School serves 9-12. The District employs 149 certified staff members and 126 classified employees. The school campus includes 100 acres located close to the Columbia River and backed by the Saddle Mountains. The district is proud of its innovative programs, well maintained educational facilities, excellent learning spaces, hardworking staff, and supportive community.
    Schools in our district have received honors during the past years for exemplary gains in student academic achievement. Wahluke High School has been recognized as a Washington State School of Distinction.
    The District has a rapidly growing Hispanic population, which has promoted cultural diversity and opportunities. The Wahluke District has committed itself to provide a quality educational experience for all of its students and has developed many innovative programs to meet the needs of its diverse student populations. We are frequently complimented on how well behaved the students are and the excellent programs we have in place.

    About the Community
    Mattawa, and the neighboring community of Desert Aire, enjoy a rural setting in the geographic center of Yakima, Tri-Cities, Ellensburg and Moses Lake. The rural setting offers a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. The District encompasses a diverse area of agriculture, recreation and technology. The area boasts two hydroelectric dams. It is the third largest apple growing area in the state and has gained recognition as a prime vineyard region as well. The area is proud of the ready availability of hunting, game fishing, boating, skiing and the 18-hole golf course at Desert Aire.

    Wahluke School District Goals:
    • Every student will improve their level of academic achievement.
    • First language Spanish speaking students will learn English at a level to be successful.
    • The District will improve the instructional staff by quality hiring, training, and retention practices.
    • All resources will be managed for the greatest good for students and taxpayers.
    • Engage all District and community stakeholders in strategic ways for student success.
    • All students will be involved with character building activities.
    Programs and Opportunities in Wahluke School District
    • Incentive Funds can be used towards Professional Development
    • Computer network and wireless capability to all workstations
    • Over 25 athletic and extra-curricular opportunities
    • Summer School K-12
    • ECEAP, Migrant, and District funded Preschool programs currently serve approximately 90 students
    • After school K-5 intramurals for academics and enrichment
    • Wahluke is a 1:1 Apple District; iPads for all students and staff in enhance educational experience.
    • Language Academy and Saturday School for qualifying K-5 students
    • STEM program for students grades 7-12
    • New Staff Mentoring Program
    • Professional Learning Communities Learn more about us...

    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Liz Leitz
    • 411 East Saddle Mountain Drive
    • Mattawa, Washington 99349

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