Mill Springs Academy invites applications for full-time, middle school Reading Specialist beginning January 2022. Mill Springs Academy is an independent private school that provides a college preparatory education to non-traditional learners in grades K-12. Located on 85 acres in Alpharetta, GA, the school offers a variety of additional opportunities for its teachers through coaching, summer school, and summer camp. The Reading Specialist will provide opportunities for maximum student development and growth through developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The Reading Specialist will design and implement a wide variety of instructional strategies that will accommodate various abilities and skills in accordance with the school curriculum.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assign related coursework and track student performance; evaluate programs and student progress (conferences, written evaluation, and written daily correspondence
Effectively adapt teaching methods, instructional materials, and learning opportunities to meet students’ varying needs and interests
Instruct and encourage individual students; establish goals for individualized students and small group
Implement and model the school’s social curriculum (Levels System/Community Structure) with a strong emphasis on community
Assess student progress through observations, assignments, and assessments, and communicate and collaborate with parents, other teachers, counselors, and administrators regarding students’ progress
Maintain accurate and complete student records
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence
Participate in student extra-curricular activities, such as sponsorship of clubs, involvement in after-school student activities, chaperone student events
Manage the class and ensure engagement and discipline
Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required
Select, store, order, issue and inventory equipment, materials and supplies
Additional duties as assigned by the administration.
Professional Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree (preferably a Masters) in Reading/Literature, Special Education or related field
A minimum of 3 years teaching experience preferred; Georgia ELA certification a plus
Have experience working with students with Language Based Learning Disabilities
Have a sophisticated understanding regarding ways to teach reading to students challenged with learning disabilities and an understanding of different learning styles and skill levels
Have experience with Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Teaching
Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results, academic achievement, and diagnostic testing
Full understanding of literacy and learning to read
Must be a team-player and able to build positive working relationships with colleagues
Ability to develop positive rapport with students
Understand how to help students with executive function challenges to become more independent and confident students
High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated commitment to working with individuals from diverse background
Demonstrate computer literacy and proficiency (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, email, Internet, presentation software, and online grade book programs). Experience with SmartBoard and FACTS (RenWeb or another learning management system) technology; must have working knowledge of Google Classroom and its applications (Documents, Slides, Sites, etc.)
Please forward cover letters and resumes to Patsy Beckwith, Director of Human Resources.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CARES Act, Mill Springs Academy acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities. Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Patsy Beckwith, Human Resource Director, Title IX Compliance Officer, 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (404) 210-0838, [email protected] or Taniah Jones, Dean of Students, Section 504 Compliance Officer, 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004, (678) 789-8600, [email protected]; or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA. Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.
This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.