Saint Andrew’s is seeking a part-time (30 hours) Learning Specialist for the fall of 2021. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced adults – faculty and parents alike – who are committed to the mission to develop “as fully as possible the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social capacities of each student.”
The learning specialist will provide small group support to students in the lower and middle school. You will work closely with students, the current learning specialist, teachers, administrators, and parents to develop differentiation strategies tailored to each student's particular learning style, in order to support their academic progress. To be successful in this position, you should have an insightful understanding of effective teaching methods for different learning styles and aptitudes. The top candidate will have excellent listening and observational skills, as well as an empathetic mindset.
Learning Specialist Responsibilities:
Help students develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement.
Participate in the SST process and Parent-Teacher Conferences for students directly on their caseload
Educate parents and teachers about learning differences
Effectively communicate how a student’s unique learning profile presents in the classroom.
Support teachers and administrators to conduct screenings or assessments for the purposes of educational planning and intervention
Keep up to date with new developments in teaching methods, educational psychology, differentiation in the classroom, and co-teaching methods.
Build supportive, trusting relationships with students and teachers
Provide parents and teachers with useful resources for the benefit of students.
Attend in-service training
Learning Specialist Requirements and Qualifications
The successful candidate must love working with elementary and middle school children, have compassion for all learners, and an eagerness to understand all kinds of minds. Preferred qualifications include an Education Specialist credential and/or a Master’s degree in education or related field. The ideal candidate must have extensive knowledge of learning differences and differentiation strategies. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with students, teachers, parents, and school administration. Specialized training in reading, math, or writing intervention strategies is (i.e. Orton Gillingham, Wilson, Barton, Lindamood Bell, Making Math Real, Step up to Writing, Lucy Caulkins) is a plus.
Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to email@example.com. Campus interviews will take place until the position is filled.
About Saint Andrew's Episcopal School
Saint Andrew’s is an independent school for Pre-K (4 years old) through 8th grade students, located in Saratoga, CA.
We are a wholehearted community of learners with a wholehearted commitment to cultivating student happiness, academic achievement, and character. Our complete, balanced, and inspiring approach to education ensures that our graduates are exceptionally good people who are exceptionally well-prepared to thrive in high school, college, and life.
Founded by Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in September 1961, the school opened with single sections of Kindergarten and First Grade, then subsequent grades were added each year to Grade 8. Today the school has 360 students from over 15 communities in the San Jose / South Bay and Peninsula Area.
As a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, we provide the right amount of nurturing complemented with the appropriate amount of autonomy. Our exemplary teachers help foster those “ah ha” moments for your child be it in the arts, in science, math, writing, Spanish, or with technology. And as they mature, we put emphasis on our students being leaders. They get to be Big Buddies. They lead our Student Council. They lead musical ensemb...les and help design the yearbook. As a Pre-K to Grade 8 school, students also benefit from ongoing communication and collaboration among the faculty of all grade levels. The curriculum builds upon the year prior creating ten consistent years of academic preparation.
We believe school should be the place where children launch an unstoppable love of learning that sticks with them through high school, college, and beyond. At Saint Andrew’s, masterful educators not only design captivating learning experiences, they ensure each child feels individually known, unconditionally loved, and deeply valued as an essential member of our warm, inclusive community.
Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is a community rooted in kindness. We believe that learning happens best when we bring our whole self to school. We support every person’s right to define, express, and live comfortably within their own evolving identity. We are committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that recognizes the worth of each individual.
By embracing diversity, we are a stronger community.