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Staff Openings and School Board Positions

Special Education Teacher


Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School's mission is to support children from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds living in or near St. Paul's East Side through a rigorous and high-impact Montessori program that empowers them to make positive decisions, develop self-discipline, and create a true sense of responsibility for themselves and others in their community.


Plans and develops, under the guidance of Administration and within the committee structure, instructional materials, lessons, and other activities to support Cornerstone's goals and objectives in accordance with the mission statement. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for providing an educational atmosphere where students who qualify as special education to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical and psychological growth. The Teacher evaluates the needs and abilities of students and determines methods and techniques to best present and provide instruction to students within assigned subject areas. The teacher assures students show continuous improvement in learning basics and essential skills.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Design and deliver effective instruction specific to the Individualized Educational Program of students with special needs, specifically coordinating services and fulfilling all requirements of the IEP
  • Communicate with families regarding students' school program, collaborating with general education staff as appropriate.
  • Support students' development in all areas.
  • Collaborate with regular education teachers to plan curriculum and jointly support content learning.
  • Collaborate with school staff and leadership concerning the development, implementation and evaluation of best practices and instructional strategies for children with IEPs to attain high academic achievement according to District and State Standards.
  • Adhere to state and federal guidelines on delivery of instruction and compliance, communicating effectively with students, colleagues, and parents.
  • Participate in ongoing staff, team, and individual professional development.
  • Facilitate the Child Find process.
  • Support staff and children in transition times, lunch, and recess as assigned.


  • B.A. in Special Education or related field.
  • Valid MN Teaching License in Special Education with MN Licensure in LD and/or EBD.
  • Prior successful experience in urban, multicultural education desirable.
  • Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration, and/or job-embedded staff development.
  • Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
  • Familiarity with Montessori education preferred.

Qualified candidates should contact Alyssa Schwartz, Head of School, at