Full-Year LTS Elementary Special Education – Watertown Public SchoolsTeacher


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James Russell Lowell Elementary School
Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

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Job Details
Job ID: 3874920
Application Deadline: May 20, 2022
Posted: May 6, 2022
Starting Date: August 31, 2022

Job Description
Full-Year LTS Special Education Teacher

The Lowell Elementary School seeks an outstanding Teacher of Moderate Special Needs for the 22-23 school year to instruct students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Special education licensure required; master’s degree and dual licensure in special education and elementary education preferred.

Qualified candidates will present evidence of expertise and experience in the following areas: Common Core and MA state curriculum frameworks; evaluation and assessment procedures and report writing; development of Individual Education Programs (IEPs); completion of IEP Progress Reports; meaningful inclusive teaching practices including Universal Design for Learning and co-teaching strategies; effective communication and collaborative relationship building with colleagues and parents; knowledge of special education process and procedures as well as pre-referral mandates and eligibility criteria. Candidates for this position are organized, flexible, creative, and self-reflective educators with a growth mindset. The ideal teacher for this position is passionate about providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive setting for all children regardless of disability.


  • Collaborate and co-plan with content area general education teachers, in order to be a partner in provision of access to content instruction to students with disabilities
  • Monitor and evaluate students’ academic, social, and behavioral progress and record student growth and outcomes
  • Design and carry out developmentally appropriate, motivating curriculum/programming as required by Common Core/ MA
  • Curriculum Frameworks and in accordance with each student’s IEP
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs
  • Create an environment that is positive for student learning and involvement
  • Maintain appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect and safety
  • Collect, analyze and maintain academic data on all student; and other data if/ as required (social/ behavioral)
  • Demonstrated ability in maintaining effective communication with administration, parents, counselors, and related service providers
  • Serve as a liaison for a caseload of students; to include formal and informal testing as part of the special education evaluation cycle; writing assessment reports to present at IEP Team meetings; writing the IEP; and writing quarterly progress reports on IEP goals and objectives
  • Provide consultation to general education teachers regarding individual students’ needs, goals, and learning style.


  • Current DESE Teacher of Moderate Special Needs pre-K-8 license required
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Dual licensure – TMSN K-8 and Elementary 1-6 – preferred
  • Certified in Wilson Language System or Orton Gillingham – required
  • Experience working with students with a range of disabilities in a public school setting preferred
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

Welcome to James Russell Lowell Elementary School!

History of the James Russell Lowell School The James Russell Lowell School opened in September 1927. It was named after James Russell Lowell, poet and United States Ambassador to England and, at a later date, Spain. As trustee of his wife’s estate, James Russell Lowell deeded to the Town of Watertown a parcel of land to be used as a school. The original James Russell Lowell School location is now the site of the North Branch Library. When it became necessary to build the present larger school, the name of the school was retained. In 1996, an addition was built and the old part of the building was renovated. James Russell Lowell lived near Longfellow House in Cambridge but made frequent visits to Watertown, as his wife Maria Lowell was a Watertown native. His description of a winter brook in “The Vision of Sir Launfal” is said to have been inspired by a brook in Watertown.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Stacy Phelan, Principal
Lowell Elementary School
175 Orchard Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-7700
Email: Stacy.Phelan@watertown.k12.ma.us

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