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Hillsborough Schools - Visually Impaired or Disabled/Exceptional Student Education Teacher


About Hillsborough Schools

Hillsborough Schools is the nation’s eighth-largest district and our size gives us strength, effectiveness and a great depth of talent to best serve the needs of our students. We have a wide variety of schools in a broad range of locations and we commit to helping teachers find their best fit for their careers and lives. We work hard to guide teachers into the roles best suited to their talents so they can concentrate on what they love – helping students learn.

Hillsborough Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate teachers dedicated to helping every student in the district succeed. Successful applicants will share a commitment to excellence in the classroom and a belief that great teaching is the key to unlocking student success.
In 2018 we introduced Achievement Schools, an effort to focus on students with the highest needs. We seek special teachers for positions at our Achievement Schools. The overarching aim is to give every student a chance to succeed and lead. Our district has had a spike in overall graduation rates to an all-time high of 85.8 percent in the 2017-18 academic year. Our Achievement Schools directive will help guide students to even greater heights.

Teachers in Achievement Schools are eligible for pay differential up to $13,000 a year including special incentives. This incentive, called Spark, is designed to spark your interest and spark the minds of the children you’ll inspire. Bonus pay and free or discounted child care are part of the incentives. If you have had experience such as an internship or a specialized degree in Urban Education, at a high-needs school, we are especially eager to talk to you!

About You

Are you a passionate teacher with a degree in visual disabilities or visual impairment?
Come Join our Team!

We’re looking for teachers who:

·        Want to help students learn in a totally different way through using senses other than their eyes.
·        Want to work in partnership with colleagues. We have a team of up to 35 teachers who are collaborative and supportive…the size of our countywide team is larger than that of most other states!

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job successfully.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Certificates/Licenses/ Registrations:
Florida Professional Educator Certificate in Exceptional Student Education Certified with a degree in Visual Disabilities or Visual Impairment preferred. Eligibility for Florida Temporary Certificate required.

About the Job


Position Summary: The Teacher, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), is responsible for the instruction of all areas of Exceptional Student Education within a classroom setting with visually impaired or disabled students.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

·        Designs and implements appropriate Specially Designed Instruction, accommodations, and supports assigned in accordance with state standards, district curriculum, and students’ needs.
·        Develops and implements Individual Educational Plans (IEP) plans for students to include present levels of educational performance, special education needs, instructional goals and objectives, and the special education and related services required to meet those goals.
·        Creates a positive educational climate for students with disabilities to learn in an atmosphere of respect and rapport.
·        Employs various teaching techniques, methods, and principles of learning to enable students to meet their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals.
·        Observes and evaluates student performance and mastery of standards, monitors student assessment data, and maintains student grades and attendance.
·        Manages student behavior in the classroom by utilizing effective classroom management strategies, implementing positive behavior supports and evidence-based interventions, and invoking appropriate disciplinary procedures.
·        Communicates with parents and school/district personnel regarding student progress and encourages parental involvement.
·        Takes all responsible precautions to provide for the health and safety of students and to protect equipment, materials, and facilities.
·        Provides oversite to paraprofessionals
·        Appropriately maintains and secures confidential records, inquiries, data and full time equivalency (FTE) documentation.
·        Attends workshops and trainings to continue to build in Exceptional Student Education knowledge and skills.
·        Maintains appropriate certifications and professional development hours as required.
·        Performs any other duties as assigned. Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the district

Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the district.


·        Communications: Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally. Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form. Exhibits good listening and comprehension. Keeps others adequately informed. Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

·        Job Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments. Requires minimal supervision. Displays understanding of how job relates to others. Uses resources effectively.

·        Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision making process. Makes timely decisions.

·        Achievement Focus: Sets and achieves challenging goals. Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles. Measures self against standards of excellence. Recognizes and acts on opportunities. Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals

·        Planning & Organization: Prioritizes and plans work activities. Uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources. Integrates changes smoothly. Sets goals and objectives. Works in an organized manner.

·        Language Skills: Reads, analyzes, and interprets all kinds of documents. Responds to inquiries or complaints from employees, regulatory agencies, or community. Writes speeches and effectively presents to managers, the public, and school board.

·        Mathematical Skills: Works with math concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Applies concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

·        Reasoning Ability: Solves practical problems and deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Interprets a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

·        Computer Skills: Microsoft Office

Physical Demands:

·        Physical Activities: Standing, walking, sitting, handling, keyboarding, talking, and hearing.
·        Lifting Demands: Up to 10 pounds.
·        Reaching Activities: Both dominant and non-dominant hand; overhead.
·        Environmental Conditions: Noise Intensity 3 moderate.

District Expectations: All district employees must:

·        Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance. Physical presence is expected as part of a reliable and predictable pattern of attendance.
·        Support the district’s vision, mission, goals, and Strategic Plan.
·        Engage in civility, respect, and professionalism.
·        Maintain the professional knowledge and skills necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions.

See your future in our classroom. Find your home in Hillsborough County.
·        Salaries starting at $38,201
·        Excellent medical plan and benefits from the Florida Retirement System
·        A chance to make a difference in the lives of students who need it most
·        A great place to live that offers museums, art galleries, sports, performing arts, nightlife, and year- round sunshine
Hillsborough Schools is committed to supporting great teaching and developing a world-class workforce.
All teachers receive the professional support and development they need to build skills in all aspects of education and excel at guiding future leaders in the classroom. Teachers and principals share a common vision for excellent teaching, and teachers can count on regular feedback about their instruction throughout the year. In addition, every new teacher in HCPS is assigned a mentor to provide tailored, ongoing support throughout the first years of teaching.
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Notice of Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable accommodations are available for persons with disabilities to complete the application and/or interview process. Applicants/individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may contact the District’s ADA Office at 813-840-7139 for assistance.