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The TLC Teacher will provide support and empowerment to families of young deaf and hard of hearing children by educating them and teaching them how to communicate and interact with their child with meaningful play. Children are given opportunities to learn and use American Sign Language (ASL), while following curricular concepts from the TN Early Learning Development Standards (TN ELDS).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, preferred Early Childhood
  • Tennessee Teaching Endorsements: 463 Deaf Education & Early Childhood
  • Trained in Shared Reading Project preferred
  • American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certificate preferred
  • SLPI Advanced or higher or equivalent proficiency interviews
  • Tennessee Driver’s License

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 10-month teacher contract

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  •  Develops and teaches meaningful language rich interactive play sessions
  • Develops unbiased relationships with families.
  • Shares resources and trains parents on research-based practices.
  • Facilitates interactions with children and families.
  • Collaborates with Speech Language Pathologist and other team members to develop lessons.
  • Designs learning activities that will connect ASL/English concepts to the student’s physical world related to Early Childhood Development.
  • Demonstrate and teach American Sign Language concepts in the classroom
  • Design learning activities that will connect ASL concepts to the student’s physical world, to other content areas, and to prior work-related concepts
  • Establishes clearly defined objectives for all lessons, units, projects, and reports and communication objectives to students according to ASL standards and the student’s individual needs and abilities
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices as it relates to ASL standards.
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student, to the extent feasible
  • Implement and teach American Sign Language in the classroom
  • Follow K-12 ASL Content Standards as developed and distributed by National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
  • Works closely with TSD teachers and staff in the areas of instruction and other relevant programs to develop student’s American Sign Language skills

KSA’s:

  • Designs learning activities that will connect ASL/English concepts to the student’s physical world related to Early Childhood Development.
  • Applicant must have the capability to develop and implement long-term goals and knows how to keep abreast of any changes in statues, policy, procedures and methods as they pertain to public education.
  • Applicant is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.
  • Has good organizational, management, interpersonal, and technical skills.
  • Applicant is able to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising students, including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

ASL/Toddler Learning Class Teacher salary is based on Teacher Salary contract.

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Assistant Principal will support an academic program that exemplifies excellence and equity such that all students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully make decisions and determine their own life path.

Qualifications:

  • Valid Tennessee professional educator license with an administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement
  • Master’s Degree or beyond in educational leadership/administration/supervision
  • Degree in Deaf Education and/or working knowledge in the area of the deafness, hard of hearing, and special populations
  • Sign Language SLPI level of Advanced or higher
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the unique challenges associated with educating students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  • Previous administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated record of performance that exceeds expectations
  • Technology acumen and proficiency including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, internet-based applications, typing and word processing skills

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 11-month teacher contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Works with the Lead Principal to develop, articulate, and implement a vision of learning that includes high goals for student achievement that are shared and supported by the school community. Values, supports, and believes in high standards for all students across the spectrum of socio-economic demographics and academic potential
  • Articulates the vision and strategic mission the Tennessee School for the Deaf and works collaboratively with the Lead Principal to support teachers, parents, community leaders, higher education partners, and others to continuously improve instructional excellence.
  • Listens effectively to families, students, and the school community. Considers and responds to the input of stakeholders in a timely fashion
  • Strategically aligns leadership behaviors with stated values and goals to drive required change. Develops strategic plan with effective solutions.
  • Supports a culture of integrity, fairness, and high ethical standards. Builds strong relationships with teachers that is based on mutual respect, trust, and empathy.
  • Supports systems and programs that promote learning, collaboration, and communication throughout the school.
  • Conducts and manages IEPs, insuring communications with parents are timely and accurate and that goals, objectives and benchmarks are appropriate and effectively addressed.
  • Manages student behavior and student scheduling.
  • Supports teachers in using effective instructional strategies to meet students’ diverse learning needs.
  •  Supports classroom teaching by working with the Lead Principal to set clear expectations and observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers and staff in accordance with the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Obtains and maintains TEAM Observer certification through completing training and passing certification exam.
  • Understands and upholds all personnel policies as outlined by the State Department of Education, as well as state and federal EEO provisions.
  • Supports the safety, maintenance and administration of the school. Helps manage safety drills and emergency programs in coordination with security and facilities staff.
  • Manages and oversees student conduct, discipline, attendance, records and reports with staff assistance.
  • Participates in and supports the supervision and administration of extracurricular programs and school athletic programs with staff assistance, as applicable.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KSA’s:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, adapting appropriately to audience and message
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities  
  • Manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make student centered decisions  
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with all stakeholders
  • Holds self and others accountable for student learning
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to continuous learning
  • Seeks out and acts upon performance feedback

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Assistant Principal salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Assistant Principal supplemental will also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Assistant Principal will support an academic program that exemplifies excellence and equity such that all students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully make decisions and determine their own life path.

Qualifications:

  •  Valid Tennessee professional educator license with an administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement
  • Master’s Degree or beyond in educational leadership/administration/supervision
  • Degree in Deaf Education and/or working knowledge in the area of the deafness, hard of hearing, and special populations
  • Sign Language SLPI level of Advanced or higher
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the unique challenges associated with educating students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  • Previous administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated record of performance that exceeds expectations
  • Technology acumen and proficiency including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, internet-based applications, typing and word processing skills.

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 11-month teacher contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Works with the Lead Principal to develop, articulate, and implement a vision of learning that includes high goals for student achievement that are shared and supported by the school community. Values, supports, and believes in high standards for all students across the spectrum of socio-economic demographics and academic potential
  • Articulates the vision and strategic mission the Tennessee School for the Deaf and works collaboratively with the Lead Principal to support teachers, parents, community leaders, higher education partners, and others to continuously improve instructional excellence.
  • Listens effectively to families, students, and the school community. Considers and responds to the input of stakeholders in a timely fashion
  • Strategically aligns leadership behaviors with stated values and goals to drive required change. Develops strategic plan with effective solutions.
  • Supports a culture of integrity, fairness, and high ethical standards. Builds strong relationships with teachers that is based on mutual respect, trust, and empathy.
  • Supports systems and programs that promote learning, collaboration, and communication throughout the school.
  • Conducts and manages IEPs, insuring communications with parents are timely and accurate and that goals, objectives and benchmarks are appropriate and effectively addressed.
  • Manages student behavior and student scheduling.
  • Supports classroom teaching by working with the Lead Principal by setting clear expectations and observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers and staff in accordance with the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Obtains and maintains TEAM Observer certification through completing training and passing certification exam.
  • Understands and upholds all personnel policies as outlined by the State Department of Education, as well as state and federal EEO provisions.
  • Completes reports and plans for the CTE department.
  • Supports the safety, maintenance and administration of the school. Helps manage safety drills and emergency programs in coordination with security and facilities staff.
  • Manages and oversees student conduct, discipline, attendance, records and reports with staff assistance.
  • Participates in and supports the supervision and administration of extracurricular programs and school athletic programs with staff assistance, as applicable.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KSA’s: 

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, adapting appropriately to audience and message
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities  
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements in areas of responsibility  
  • Manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make student centered decisions  
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with all stakeholders  
  • Holds self and others accountable for student learning
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to continuous learning
  • Seeks out and acts upon performance feedback

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Assistant Principal salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Assistant Principal supplemental will also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Reports To:

Administrative Services Manager

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for a variety of tasks including painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and general mechanical repair work; also serves as additional custodian for the school.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs general repair and maintenance on mechanical equipment such as washers, dryers, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, refrigerators, ice machines, HVAC, window units, ptacs, and mechanical gates. 
  • Performs routine plumbing tasks such as unstopping commodes, replacing bathroom fixtures and drains and repairing minor leaks.
  • Repairs windows, doors, floors, woodwork, drywall or other parts of building structures.
  • Performs routine electrical tasks such as replacing light bulbs and wall switches.
  • Performs basic carpentry tasks such as repairing doors, broken windows, and installing bulletin boards, installing drywall, building walls and shelving, minor roofing repair, and caulking.
  • Paints the interior and exterior of buildings.
  • Performs grounds maintenance projects, mowing, trimming, weeding, etc.
  • Removes trash and construction waste and cleans receptacles.
  • Performs janitorial tasks such as floor buffing, mopping, power washing, wall cleaning, vent cleaning, sink and mirror cleaning, supply restocking, and shampooing carpet. 
  • Polices grounds. 
  • Reviews preventative maintenance plans in order to perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that equipment continues to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and/or the physical condition of building does not deteriorate.
  • Observes and monitors environment to determine maintenance needs.
  • Monitors inventory and requests supplies as needed.
  • Performs repair work using drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or diagrams.
  • Completes work order request forms to log repair work, time expended and materials used.
  • Fleet Maintenance such as washing vehicles, weekly safety inspections, maintaining fuel levels and all fluids, and scheduling all services.
  • Moves objects such as large furniture, file cabinets, cubicles, chairs, desks, and bookshelves.
  • Sets up cubicle spaces, conference rooms, and special events.
  • Unloads truck shipments.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Experience equivalent to three years of full-time increasingly skilled labor and trade work including, at least, two years in building maintenance work.     
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Proven maintenance experience.
  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to take apart machines, equipment, or devices to remove and replace defective parts.
  • Ability to check blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary.
  • Ability to use common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches.
  • Experience with precision measuring instruments or electronic testing devices.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance.
  • Basic working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Professional presentation and attitude.
  • Ability to maintain focus while working individually.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability for creative problem-solving.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $2,169.00 - $3,471.00 monthly.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail an application and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@wtsd.tn.org or mail to 100 Berryhill Drive, Jackson, TN  38301.

Reports To:

Administrative Services Manager

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for semi-skilled and skilled building maintenance work of considerable difficulty which includes supervision of others in work; and performs related work as required. This is the lead level class in the Building Maintenance Worker sub-series. An employee in this class leads and participates in a variety of tasks including carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and general mechanical repair work.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs general repair and maintenance on mechanical equipment such as washers, dryers, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, refrigerators, ice machines, HVAC, window units, ptacs, and mechanical gates. 
  • Performs routine plumbing tasks such as unstopping commodes, replacing bathroom fixtures and drains and repairing minor leaks.
  • Leads in restorative maintenance projects.
  • Repairs windows, doors, floors, woodwork, drywall or other parts of building structures.
  • Performs routine electrical tasks such as replacing light bulbs and wall switches.
  • Performs basic carpentry tasks such as repairing doors, broken windows, and installing bulletin boards, installing drywall, building walls and shelving, minor roofing repair, and caulking.
  • Paints the interior and exterior of buildings.
  • Leads in grounds maintenance projects, mowing, trimming, weeding, etc.
  • Removes trash and construction waste and cleans receptacles.
  • Polices grounds. 
  • Reviews preventative maintenance plans in order to perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that equipment continues to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and/or the physical condition of building does not deteriorate.
  • Observes and monitors environment to determine maintenance needs.
  • Monitors inventory and requests supplies as needed.
  • Performs repair work using drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or diagrams.
  • Completes work order request forms to log repair work, time expended and materials used. 
  • Fleet Maintenance such as washing vehicles, weekly safety inspections, maintaining fuel levels and all fluids, and scheduling all services.
  • Moves objects such as large furniture, file cabinets, cubicles, chairs, desks, and bookshelves.
  • Sets up cubicle spaces, conference rooms, and special events.
  • Unloads truck shipments.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Experience equivalent to four years of full-time increasingly responsible and skilled full-time labor and trades work including, at least, three years in building maintenance work, including at least one year of supervisory experience preferred.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Proven maintenance experience.
  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to take apart machines, equipment, or devices to remove and replace defective parts.
  • Ability to check blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary.
  • Ability to use common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches.
  • Experience with precision measuring instruments or electronic testing devices.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance.
  • Basic working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Professional presentation and attitude.
  • Ability to maintain focus while working individually.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability for creative problem-solving.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $2,393.00 - $3827.00 monthly.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail an application and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@wtsd.tn.org or mail to 100 Berryhill Drive, Jackson, TN  38301.

Support Lead Principal in improving the quality of teaching and student learning by planning, implementing, and facilitating differentiated support to instructional staff to improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

Qualifications:

  • Valid Tennessee professional educator license with an administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education but Master’s degree in relevant academic discipline preferred.
  • At least five years of successful teaching as measured by performance evaluations, promotions and portfolio of work.
  • Sign Language SLPI level of Advanced or higher.
  • Exemplary evaluation scores on TEAM Rubric or equivalent and demonstrates expertise in content, curriculum development, student learning, data analysis, mentoring and professional development
  • Proven track record of student growth  
  • Instructional expertise demonstrated through model teaching, team-teaching, video presentations and student achievement gains.

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 11-month teacher contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Analyze school-wide student data as the basis for developing a school plan.
  • Oversee the planning, facilitation and follow-up of professional learning communities.
  • Team-teach with colleagues, demonstrate model lessons, and develop and help implement curriculum.
  • Observe and provide peer assistance and coaching toward meeting teachers’ personal learning plan goals.   Research and field-test, within the school, appropriate strategies that target the identified area of student need.
  • Participate in all TEAM trainings and become a Certified TEAM Evaluator.
  • Participate in professional development planning, curriculum meetings, and other meetings as directed by the Director of Instruction.
  • Provide a clear description of the learning task and its content, monitor learner understanding and re-teach as necessary. Understand differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners. Provide learners with appropriate practice and review, establish, and maintain learner involvement in the learning task.
  • Collaborate in the classroom with teachers.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KSA’s:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills and an understanding of how to facilitate growth in adults.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities  
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements in areas of responsibility  
  • Manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make student centered decisions  
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with all stakeholders   

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Curriculum Coach salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Curriculum Coach supplemental may also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Support Lead Principal in improving the quality of teaching and student learning by planning, implementing, and facilitating differentiated support to instructional staff to improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

Qualifications:

  • Valid Tennessee professional educator license with an administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education but Master’s degree in relevant academic discipline preferred.
  •  At least five years of successful teaching as measured by performance evaluations, promotions and portfolio of work.
  • Sign Language SLPI level of Advanced or higher.
  • Exemplary evaluation scores on TEAM Rubric or equivalent and demonstrates expertise in content, curriculum development, student learning, data analysis, mentoring and professional development
  • Proven track record of student growth  
  • Instructional expertise demonstrated through model teaching, team-teaching, video presentations and student achievement gains.

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 11-month teacher contract

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Analyze school-wide student data as the basis for developing a school plan.
  • Oversee the planning, facilitation and follow-up of professional learning communities.
  • Team-teach with colleagues, demonstrate model lessons, and develop and help implement curriculum.
  • Observe and provide peer assistance and coaching toward meeting teachers’ personal learning plan goals.   Research and field-test, within the school, appropriate strategies that target the identified area of student need.
  • Participate in all TEAM trainings and become a Certified TEAM Evaluator.
  • Participate in professional development planning, curriculum meetings, and other meetings as directed by the Director of Instruction.
  • Provide a clear description of the learning task and its content, monitor learner understanding and re-teach as necessary. Understand differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners. Provide learners with appropriate practice and review, establish, and maintain learner involvement in the learning task.
  • Collaborate in the classroom with teachers.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KSA’s:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills and an understanding of how to facilitate growth in adults.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities  
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements in areas of responsibility  
  • Manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make student centered decisions  
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with all stakeholders   

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Curriculum Coach salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Curriculum Coach supplemental may also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

The Lead Principal will create an academic program that exemplifies excellence and equity such that all students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully make decisions and determine their own life path.

Qualifications:

  • Valid Tennessee professional educator license with and administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement.
  • Must have at least ten (10) years teaching experience
  • Master’s Degree or beyond in educational leadership/administration/supervision.
  • Degree in Deaf Education and/or a working knowledge in the area of the deaf, hearing impaired, and special populations.
  • American Sign Language SLPI rating of Advanced or higher.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the unique challenges associated with educating students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing.
  • Technology acumen and proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft 365, internet-based applications, typing and word processing skills.

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 12-month teacher contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Works with the Director of Instruction to develop, articulate, and implement a vision of learning that includes high goals for student achievement that are shared and supported by the school community. Values, supports, and believes in high standards for all students across the spectrum of socio-economic demographics and academic potential.
  • Articulates the vision and strategic mission of the Tennessee School for the Deaf and works collaboratively with teachers, parents, community leaders, higher education partners, and others to continuously improve instructional excellence.
  •  Listens effectively to families, students, and the school community. Considers and responds to the input of stakeholders in a timely fashion.
  • Strategically aligns leadership behaviors with stated values and goals to drive required change. Develops strategic plan with effective solutions.
  • Establishes and maintains a culture of integrity, fairness, and high ethical standards. Builds strong relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and empathy within the school.
  • Establishes systems and programs that promote learning, collaboration, and communication throughout the school.
  • Supervises assistant principals and teachers and holds each to a high standard.
  • Builds department capacity by setting clear expectations and observing, and evaluating paraprofessional staff using the SMART process.
  •  Improves classroom teaching by setting clear expectations and observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers and staff in accordance with the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Obtains and maintains TEAM Observer certification through completing training and passing certification exam.
  • Analyzes and uses data to inform adult learning, professional development, and decision-making.
  • Ensures that school meets all relevant academic benchmarks and that every student is measured for annual academic growth.
  • Participates in the IEP process, assuring that goals, objectives, and benchmarks are appropriate and effectively addressed.
  • Builds professional learning communities to nurture and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to accelerated student achievement. Regularly assesses student learning and ensures the provision of specific, timely feedback to teachers and students.
  • Aligns standards, curricula, instructional strategies, and assessment tools. Supports teachers in using effective instructional strategies to meet students’ diverse learning needs.
  • Coordinates professional learning activities for the instructional staff of the school, including planning, collaboration, implementation, and evaluation of the services.
  • Fosters teacher professional development through coaching and motivating. Stimulates and retains high performers, mentors early career teachers, challenges low performers to improve, and dismisses poor performers who do not improve. Initiates and engages in difficult conversations around continuous instructional improvement as necessary.
  • Builds strong teams, develops leadership capacity among staff, and shares responsibilities appropriately. Recognizes, rewards, and celebrates hard work and outstanding results.
  • Works with Director of Instruction, Director of CERC, counselors, teachers, residential staff and CERC personnel to maintain a high level of youth development and student support services that align with academic goals, as dictated by student needs.
  • Participates in and supports the supervision and administration of extracurricular programs and school athletic programs with staff assistance, as applicable.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Instruction to selects highly effective teachers through robust screening and interviewing process and assists in recruitment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KSA’s:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, adapting appropriately to audience and message
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge of budgeting and finance management
  • Familiar with federal programs’ rules and regulations
  • Organizes and coordinates districtwide projects and manages multiple projects simultaneously
  • Develops and maintains a vision for educational growth of the Tennessee School for the Deaf
  • Understands building vision, strategic planning, and creating strong teams
  • Demonstrates emotional fortitude and perseveres in the face of obstacles; innovative thinker with the capacity to develop creative and adaptive solutions that overcome objections and resistance
  • Holds self and others accountable for student learning
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to continuous learning
  • Seeks out and acts upon performance feedback

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Lead Principal (K-12) salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Lead Principal (K-12) supplemental will also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

TSD-Knoxville is searching for a School Psychologist to assist in providing a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation program to deaf/hard of hearing students, to assist in the implementation of IDEA initial and re-evaluation processes, and to provide consultation and direct student intervention.

Qualifications:                 

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university; complete an advanced program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of school psychologists; meet all professional assessment requirements as specified by the State Board of Education; and meet all the requirements for endorsement as a school psychologist.
  • Receive a minimal rating of Survival or above on the Sign Language Program Interview. This position requires to meet a rating of Advanced or above within 3 years of hire.
  • Hold or be eligible to obtain a valid Tennessee Driver’s License.

Terms of Employment:

Pay range $5,222 - $8,354 per month. Full-Time 12-month position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Conduct intake evaluations for prospective students and present level of functioning evaluation for deaf/hard of hearing students at TSD-Knoxville, TSD-Nashville, and WTSD.
  • Evaluate students through the initial evaluation process, complete written evaluation reports, and make recommendations to the eligibility / IEP team.
  • Provide direct counseling service to students and direct student intervention as determined by the IEP team or school administration.
  • Consult with clinical psychologists for interpretation of assessment reports and recommendations.
  • Contact Local Educational Agencies representatives for individual psychotherapy for students with critical needs.
  • Participate in team conferences related to student admission, programming, placement, treatment, behavior, and other individualized needs.
  • Conduct in-service training programs for staff and other professionals.

Benefits:                            

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting.Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registryof Abuse.

 

Reports To:

Principal

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for evaluating and treating the pediatric population with hearing disorders, including infants, toddlers and school age children in accordance with professional and Tennessee State Department of Education quality standards.  The appointed shall provide services as assigned by the immediate supervisor and Principal of the West Tennessee School for the Deaf in furtherance, of the school’s mission and goals of child and family care, education, outreach, and public service.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Conducts pediatric audiological diagnostic evaluations specifically for WTSD students, and also for infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee Region.  Test protocol includes, as appropriate, visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, pure tone and speech audiometry, auditory brainstem response studies, optoacoustic emission testing and middle ear studies.
  • Audiologically manages the students who attend WTSD, and hearing impaired infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee region, by providing scheduled and requested hearing evaluations, personal amplification programming and follow up to include hearing aids and cochlear implants, school amplification system fitting and management.
  • Interprets the hearing test data and amplification outcomes and communicates this information clearly to the child’s guardian and, if appropriate, the child.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current amplification technologies, fitting practices and validation procedures and is flexible in applying this knowledge to deliver individualized care to the child as it applies to the home and educational environment.
  • Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and school Principal, delivers school based instruction to educational staff working with hearing impaired toddlers and school age children concerning specific explanation of hearing loss, amplification management and maintenance, and delivery of aural habilitation.
  • Communicates effectively and clearly and in a timely manner with the child’s hearing health and education team members, to include parents, physicians, speech pathologists, audiologists, educators, and administrators.
  • Demonstrate initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development and enhancement of professional competency through self-study, on the job training, and attending professional meetings.
  • Demonstrate effective client relations skills, promote a positive work environment and contribute to the department’s overall team effort.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that is exemplified by reporting to work on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to deliver services in a timely manner with efficient documentation.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the ASHA and AAA Code of Ethics.

Qualifications:

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants are required to have a Doctoral Level degree in Audiology (AuD), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology CCC-A, and a license to practice Audiology in the State of Tennessee, issued by the Tennessee Health related board.  Prior experience as a pediatric/educational audiologist is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $48,280 - $66,370 annually.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeannie Luckey, luckeyj@wtsd.tn.org

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.