Special Education Teacher

Job Type

Full Time




East Palo Alto
United States



The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:

  • Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
  • Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
  • Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.

We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children and their families (ages 0 to 5). TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.


We are hiring a Pre-K Special Education Teacher to support our highest need children (aged three to five) in being able to feel safe, learn and succeed in our classrooms. This teacher will work with our integrated supports team, teachers, and school leaders to build skills with children across the classrooms, provide small group SEL lessons, and collaborate with teachers on how to create environments where every child can be successful.

Our philosophy balances high expectations for all children with a trauma-sensitive approach that addresses holistic child outcomes (academic, health, and soul). Our curriculum is inquiry-based and data-driven, and we believe that student voice and choice are driven by rigorous planning and intellectual preparation. We celebrate joy in the classroom and take into account the needs of the whole child.


  • Provide both proactive and responsive support to our highest need children (est. 5 - 10 across the school) within classrooms
  • Spend time in classrooms during difficult transitions and other times of day to coach children and ensure they are safe
  • Develop and maintain routines for children who are displaying particular, challenging behaviors
  • Teach children techniques to build socio-emotional skills and increase their readiness to learn
  • Implement socio-emotional support practices, rooted in the Conscious Discipline practice
  • Coach and support teachers on managing behavior and meeting child socio-emotional needs
  • Observe and help classroom teachers problem solve challenging behavior
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers on how to understand behavior issues and implement appropriate responses
  • Communicate with parents about needs and align on effective supports at school and home
  • Work with the integrated supports/SPED team to assist in the development of behavioral goals and objectives and ensure appropriate implementation of student interventions through collaboration with the classroom teachers
  • Help reinforce consistent, efficient, and safe practices and routines across all classrooms.


  • You have deep experience supporting 3, 4, and 5 year olds who exhibit unsafe behaviors and developing interventions and supports that allow them to be successful.
  • You are endlessly patient, adaptable, and calm under pressure.
  • You believe that it is possible to have high academic expectations and be responsive to trauma, and you are aligned with the beliefs and practices of Conscious Discipline.
  • You are highly collaborative and excited to work with an interdisciplinary team.
  • You excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and innovative organization.
  • You are relentlessly results-driven and have a record of managing towards and achieving exceptional outcomes for children, families, and others.
  • You have the drive to work in a high energy start-up environment.
  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences.
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative.

A Plus If

  • You are an East Palo Alto or Belle Haven native and/or have experience working with a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
  • You have a background and/or training in mental health.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please visit our website.