Special Education Teacher – Upper School

Faculty / Full-Time

Thornton Academy, Saco, ME

Thornton Academy Upper School Special Education Teacher Nature of the Position:

The Special Education teacher is responsible for developing programming for students with mild to moderate disabilities. A strong knowledge of inclusive practices and transition is preferred. The chosen candidate will work with regular education teachers, educational technicians and related service providers in developing students’ academic, functional, and social emotional skills within the special education and mainstream classroom environments. As case manager, the special education teacher also completes necessary paperwork to reflect student needs and consults with teachers to support students’ access to the general education curriculum.

Performance Responsibilities:

Tasks for this position include but are not limited to:

-Planning and preparing appropriate lessons and activities aligned with IEP goals and objectives and in support of student transition goals

-Consultation with mainstream teachers to support inclusion in the broader school community

-Completing necessary special education paperwork and assessments within the specified timelines

-Regular communication with parents and colleagues to support student progress

-Implementing behavior management strategies that foster a classroom climate conducive to learning and engagement, including development of individualized PBSPs.

-Collecting and using data to measure student progress and inform programming needs -Directing daily activities of support staff


Valid Maine Certification 282 or 286
Experience working in special education at the secondary level preferred

To apply, please submit the following:

  • ●  Letter of interest
  • ●  Current resume
  • ●  Completed application form (available for download here)
  • ●  Three letters of reference, including contact information for each individual
  • ●  Copies of all post-secondary transcripts

○ Unofficial/student-issued transcripts are acceptable for initial application; official transcripts may be requested later.

● Evidence of valid State of Maine certification with the appropriate endorsement All materials should be submitted electronically to lisa.estabrook@thorntonacademy.org.

If electronic submission is not possible, papers may be mailed via USPS to: Lisa Estabrook
Thornton Academy
438 Main Street

Saco, ME 04072

Thornton Academy is an independent town academy located in Saco, ME, serving a range of students including both publicly funded local students as well as private day students from towns across the region as well as an international boarding program.

The Thornton Academy Board of Trustees has adopted a non-discrimination policy. Thornton Academy considers all applicants without regard to race, age, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital, veteran, or any other legally protected status.

Thornton Academy

Saco, ME
Elementary, Middle School, High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender
Town Academy