Assistant Teacher

Do you enjoy working with kids, but not sure if a career in teaching is right for you? Some of our best teachers and administrators started out the exact same way! The Gifford School is a small, therapeutic day school committed to helping students with social, emotional, and learning differences reach their full potential. We are also committed to fostering fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.  We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience with children/adolescents in a special education setting preferred, but not required
  • Ability to develop an understanding of special needs population and therapeutic milieu
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and composure in stressful situations
  • Strong communication skills   


  • 10 months/full time (40 hours)
  • Salary and benefits determined by the Executive Director  


  • Provide in-class support to teachers and students
  • Assist with homeroom and academic classes when needed; provide coverage, when needed
  • Assist teachers with lesson planning, grading, or prep work, as requested
  • With guidance from a classroom teacher and at times independently, work with students on one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • With the support of the classroom teacher, become familiar with students’ goals as defined in the IEP
  • Become familiar with standard educational accommodations and commonly used therapeutic supports, such as O.T. strategies
  • Respond to student behaviors in the classroom and throughout the milieu by utilizing Gifford behavioral systems
  • Facilitate and lead students during transitions, lunch, electives and group activities
  • Provide one-on-one support to students in or outside the classroom in order to meet their needs
  • Provide input into IEP and progress reporting as requested
  • Integrate information about students’ interests and abilities into the development of clubs and Group Activities to provide new learning opportunities for students; help lead those clubs
  • Assist with facilitating off campus school trips
  • Develop positive relationships with families and serve as case monitor for assigned students. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]