Centner Academy is a progressive, independent ‘happiness’ school that combines a deep commitment to emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and happiness with a challenging curriculum including foreign language acquisition, entrepreneurial thinking, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Centner Academy’s mission is to promote:
- Happy, thriving students
- Rigorous curriculum that engages students
- Mindfulness and emotional intelligence
- Effective foreign language acquisition
- Project- and problem-based learning
- Entrepreneurial thinking
- Personalized learning journeys
- Habits to optimize neurodevelopment
Centner Academy’s curriculum philosophy was developed by a team of seasoned educators to meet the needs and expectations of globally minded families. Our intention is to shape future adults who are not only confident and poised to succeed, but who also have the character and skills needed to make the world a better, kinder, and more loving place for all.
Centner Academy is seeking a Learning Specialist to join its growing faculty for the 2024-2025 school year. Must be comfortable being in person on campus with students.
- Manage and direct learning services in grades PreK- 12; oversee and direct
members of the learning services team.
- Advocate for children and families. Set the tone and an example for how
Teachers should view accommodations and provide them to students.
- Provide assistance directly to individual students and to small groups. Direct and
track staff as they perform one-on-one and small-group instruction.
- Partner proactively with faculty and administration to support students with
different learning styles, and with teachers in their efforts to advance students
with different learning needs.
- Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral
difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges.
- Participate in classroom instruction as needed.
- Develop student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific
objectives. Ensure teachers are informed and are providing accommodations as
they are described.
- Facilitate vision, hearing, and other screenings.
- As needed, provide written student-progress reports to the school and parents
with assessment results and recommendations of diagnostic testing and remedial
programs for learning-related issues.
- Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of
sessions, meetings, and assessments.
- Initiate and schedule parent conferences as needed.
- Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students.
- Work closely with the School Counselor and outside professionals to support
- Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school, and
other involved professionals.
- Secure standardized testing accommodations for qualifying students.
- Network with learning specialists at other independent schools.
- Pursue professional development opportunities.
- Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with
- Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as
school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
- Be involved in the school community at large.
- Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
- Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a credential in Reading or in a
related field; graduate degree preferred.
- In-depth knowledge in teaching, evaluating, and improving reading; experience
working with children who have language-based disabilities
- Several years of successful classroom teaching experience.
- Knowledge of learning disabilities, psycho-educational tests, reports, and
- Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results,
academic achievement, and diagnostic testing.
- Proven success as a leader in program and faculty development.
- Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum.
- Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- Strong networking skills to ensure access to resources in the broader community.
- Detail-oriented and resourceful.
- Tactful and discreet.
- Technologically savvy.
- High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere.
Compensation is competitive and based on experience. This is a year-round position. Staff training often occurs in summer months.
Centner Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected under local, state, or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s contribution and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.