Classroom Teacher - Joplin Schools
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments
Job Location: Joplin Schools
Beginning: Aug 17, 2020
Deadline: Apr 30, 2020**
Certificate: Blind/Partially Sighted (K-12)
District: Joplin Schools
Joplin, MO 64802
Telephone: 417-625-5200
Job Description:
*Must apply online:

Position:                      Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI)
Classification:             Certified/Exempt
Location:                     District-wide
Qualifications:             Bachelor’s Degree, required; Valid MO Certification (BLIND & LOW VISION B-12)
Supervisory:                No
Reports to:                  Director of Special Education
The primary responsibilities of this position include specialized instruction and services required to meet the unique educational needs of visually impaired students.
General Expectations:
  • Supports the mission of Joplin Schools.
  • Supports the value of education.
  • Complies with the privacy rights of students.
  • Safeguards confidential and/or sensitive information.
  • Communicates effectively with all the members of the school district and community.
  • Provides excellence in customer service both internally and externally.
  • Reacts to change productively.
  • Keeps abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques.
  • Maintains accurate records and filing systems for accountability and audit purposes.
  • Ensures that all activities conform to district, state, or federal guidelines.
Essential Functions:
  • Possesses the skills and abilities necessary to provide and coordinate this specialized instruction.
  • Communicates and coordinates with the student, parents, special and regular education personnel in
    • understanding the unique educational needs and learning characteristics of visually impaired students,
    • acquiring information regarding local, state, and national resources for the education of visually impaired students, and
    • interpreting the visually impaired student's specific eye condition, the educational implications of the visual impairment, and the results of functional vision and learning media assessments.
  • Provides instruction in the development and maintenance of skills to meet the student's unique educational needs in the following areas, as indicated in the IEP:
  • Prepares sequential and meaningful instruction geared to the student's assessed needs, IEP goals and objectives, functioning, and motivational levels.  This instruction should be reflected in weekly or monthly lesson plans, as appropriate.
  • Provides assistance to the classroom teacher in academic subjects and activities of the classroom that, as a direct result of the student's visual impairment, require adaptation for the student.
  • Provides initial and ongoing assessment
  • Attends Evaluation and IEP meetings for students with visual impairments.
  • Coordinates with other personnel, such as transcribers, readers, counselors, O&M specialists, career/vocational education staff, and rehabilitation counselors.
  • Acquires information and training about current research, development, and technology.
  • Carry out all other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands
An individual who holds this position must have the ability to:
  • Speak and hear in an environment where numerous conversations and activities may be taking place simultaneously
  • Move around the classroom
  • Read handwritten or printed material
Regular and consistent attendance is an essential function of this position. 
The work conditions and environment described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.