Job Description


TITLE: SPARK Teacher (Special DEPARTMENT: Student Support
Education Self Contained)
WORK SALARY: Certified
YEAR: Teacher Calendar


To create a flexible program favorable to learning and personal growth for the student in the least
restrictive environment.

1. Arizona Special Education Cross Categorical Teacher certification, or Arizona Special Education
Teacher certification with ID/MR or ED special area
2. Master Degree in special Education (preferred)
3. Knowledge of special education laws, procedures, practices, materials, equipment, and
compliance standards required to provide appropriate learning experiences for special education
students. Good knowledge of the nature and effects of the impairment(s) in all areas of disability.
4. Ability to assess needs, develop and implement the IEP, and evaluate outcomes in specialty
5. Ability to coordinate activities with related and specialist staff
6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, parents and the
community; excellent human relations skills; skill in both oral and written communication; ability to
work in multicultural environment with diverse population of students, staff, and parents.
7. May be required to control certain behavior(s) through physical restraint; therefore must possess
a degree of physical strength and dexterity
8. Maintain current NCI, First Aid, and CPR certification
9. Computer proficiency in district designated computer hardware and software including Microsoft
Office, MET and IEP software programs and other relevant software

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act,
may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is
ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities performed by
the incumbents of this class.)

- Provide direct instruction based on child’s IEP and the Arizona State Standards.
- Conduct appropriate academic evaluations; develop, implement and monitor appropriate
academic/behavioral individual education plans (IEP’s).
- Confer and consult with regular classroom teachers regarding student needs, interventions,
accommodations and student progress.
- Maintain accurate records for documentation of student progress and for compliance with district,
federal, and state guidelines.
- Participate in the MET process.
- Implement Behavior Modification Program with SPARK students at site.
- Attend, plan, conduct and/or participate in all necessary training activities and department
Prepared: June 2005
Revised: January 2017 TEMPE ELEMENTARY

TITLE: SPARK Teacher (Special DEPARTMENT: Student Support
Education Self Contained)
WORK SALARY: Certified
YEAR: Teacher Calendar

- May be required to participate in student’s meetings which occur beyond the staff’s work
assignment schedule.
- Follow state law and district policy with cases involving child abuse and neglect.
- Provide on-going consultation and support to teachers and teams in the development, design,
and implementation of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Positive Behavior Intervention
Plans for students experiencing difficulties.
- Supervise therapeutic time-out with SPARK students on site.
- Act as a school liaison to coordinate efforts of SPARK staff, administration, regular education
teachers, counselors, social workers, and psychologists at the building level.
- Demonstrate willingness to be flexible and creative to meet individual student needs.
- Communicate with parents through conferences and other means to discuss pupil’s progress and
interpret the school program.
- Create an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin
boards and interest centers.
- Maintain professional competence through in-service professional development activities
provided by the District and/or self-selected professional growth activities.
- Direct activities and provide performance evaluation input regarding special education
instructional assistant(s) to school administrator.
- Maintain on-going communication (verbal and written) with parents of special education students.
- Consult with staff members regarding interventions and accommodations for students.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Principal, Coordinator of Student Support, and/or Director of Student Support

Teacher Evaluation

Instructional Assistant, Personal Assistant

Prepared: June 2005
Revised: January 2017

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