Classroom Teacher - The Pinnacle School
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Social Emotional Coach/Paraprofessional
Job Location: Stamford, CT
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Pre-K - Grade 8 (001)
Certificate: Grades 1-8 (004)
Certificate: Elementary Education, 1-6 (005)
District: The Pinnacle School
Stamford, CT 06905
Telephone: 203-661-1609 EXT 107
Job Description:
The Pinnacle School, a private, special education day school for students in grades 2 through 12, seeks a Social Emotional Coach/Paraprofessional for a full-time, school based position (11 months).  The Pinnacle School enables students with complex learning profiles and secondary co-occurring needs to thrive through small class sizes, differentiated instruction, active problem-solving and relationship building. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is a Connecticut state-approved special education school. Our students are both privately and district placed, and come from Connecticut and New York.
Candidates will be joining a robust and collaborative team of highly trained clinicians and teachers with expertise in special education, school counseling, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and classroom and behavior management. Pinnacle faculty and staff work tirelessly to support each student to become an enthusiastic learner and an engaged member of the community. We hire accomplished, inspiring people with a combination of teaching experience, advanced degrees, contagious enthusiasm, and engaging communication skills.
The Social Emotional Coach/Paraprofessional will work in the classroom setting to proactively support students and teachers and optimize the learning environment in order to meet students’ academic, social and emotional goals. The Social Emotional Coach/Paraprofessional will support the teacher within the classroom setting by assisting with instruction and classroom management strategies. This person will support individual and small group activities in collaboration with teachers, provide instructional support, use proactive deescalation strategies, model behavior intervention techniques and coach students in social and emotional learning strategies.
The successful candidate will meet the following requirements:
• Bachelor's degree in special education, psychology, or related field preferred
• Experience working with students with language-based learning differences; experience working with students with behavioral or social/emotional challenges greatly preferred.
• Demonstrated student management skills, including proactive de-escalation strategies requiring patience, creativity and resourcefulness
• Collaborative approach to working with an interdisciplinary team to maximize student's academic, social and emotional well-being.
• Create and maintain an orderly and aesthetic learning environment that accounts for students social, emotional, and executive functioning need
• Familiar with the IEP process and the collection of progress monitoring data
• Excellent communication skills, and a collaborative, enthusiastic style to fit with our small-team environment.
Qualities of a Successful Candidate:
• Flexible and Patient - is able to react quickly and seamlessly to changes, is able to alter plans both instructionally and clinically based on observations and data
• Creative - is creative when planning engaging lessons and thinking outside the box to create the best individualized intervention for a student.
• Quick Thinking - is able to remain calm, evaluate and make sound decisions in high pressure situations
• Collaborative - Able to collaborate with team members across a variety of disciplines
• Reflective - is able to reflect on instruction, student progress, interactions, and implementation of plans, and seek/use resources to improve
• Growth Mindset - Curious and motivated to learn, find a deeper understanding and overcome challenges
• Seeks help, guidance and support - is able to recognize when collaboration or support is needed and is motivated to improve
• Able to build and maintain positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and districts
• Honest - is able to report on student progress in an honest and professional manner, and is able to provide feedback to leadership and team members respectfully and honestly.
• Solid organizational skills - able to succeed in a fast paced environment while consistently meeting deadlines
• Commitment to helping students of all abilities reach their full potential and an enthusiastic style to fit with our small-team environment
For more information about our school, please visit our website.
Salary and benefits are competitive and consistent with other independent schools in the Fairfield/Westchester area. Benefits include: Medical/Dental, Vision, PTO, Life Insurance, LTD, and Retirement.
To apply, please send your resume, certification, 2 references and a brief, email cover note to: Please note “Pinnacle School - SE Coach” in the subject line of your email.

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