Dearborn Academy Positions

Dearborn Academy is one of New England‘s leading 766 Approved, therapeutic day schools.

We enroll up to 55 students in Grades 3-12 who have specific learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate emotional challenges. Our rich academic program includes vocational and career training, diversified student supports and explicit instruction, combined with our strong clinical component. This supportive environment allows students who have been unsuccessful in previous school settings to achieve substantial gains.


Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to:


Rebecca Altepeter
Head of School


Available Positions


Middle School Special Education Teacher, F-T

Start Date: ASAP
2019-2020 school year


In addition to their teaching responsibilities, teachers at Dearborn are expected to maintain frequent communication with families and to collaborate with therapists and specialists. Due to the special needs of our students, teachers are also expected to work with students on their social and behavior skills.


The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience:


  • Demonstrated compassion, curiosity, and kindness towards students, families, and staff
  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps, and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps
  • Experience teaching classes using multiple media and tiered instruction
  • Experience creating and implementing a strengths-based curriculum for students that provides opportunities for success through modifications and accommodations
  • Well-organized and able to create a classroom environment supportive of learning and exploring
  • Self starter with a collaborative style; someone who values a community of highly-engaged team members  




  1. Plan and implement individual and group lessons in Language Arts, Math, Writing, and Social Studies that are aligned to  students’ IEPs, Massachusetts State Standards, Common Core Standards, and the school curriculum.
  2. Integrate assistive technology and multi-modal learning into academic instruction in accordance with school goals and student IEPs.
  3. Provide ongoing assessment of students to determine progress and to gather data for quarterly reporting.
  4. Work on a collaborative team to consistently review data and internal/external reports, to support students in developing and improving their academic and social skills.
  5. Ensure supervision of students at all times.
  6. Supervise an assistant teacher.

Communication and Supervision

  1. Collaborate with clinical staff in developing approaches to individual students and to the class that reflects a clinical perspective.
  2. Work cooperatively and openly communicate with all staff to maximize students’ success.
  3. Attend all required school meetings (e.g., staff meetings, in-services trainings, emergency meetings, etc.).
  4. Attend IEP and other meetings with families and collaterals and participate in a way that positively reflects the school’s goals of putting students and families first.
  5. Write educational plans, quarterly progress reports, and other reports, as needed, in a timely fashion and professional manner.
  6. Establish a productive relationship with families that includes sharing of information and regular positive contact.
  7. Participate actively in weekly supervision
  8. Lead weekly community building circles, as part of the school’s restorative practice model.


  1. Maintain an orderly, attractive and classroom that reflects the current curriculum and students’ achievements.
  2. Participate/support school-wide activities such as field day, science fairs, yearbook, etc.
  3. Develop and maintain a safe relationship with students.
  4. Maintain a manner consistent with the agency commitment to honest, direct communication between all members of our staff, faculty and administration as an essential feature of creating a positive working and learning environment for our students.
  5. Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body.  Promote an atmosphere that values this diversity.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Reports to: Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dearborn Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information or disability in admission to, access to, employment in or treatment in its programs and activities. Dearborn Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and personnel goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.


Dearborn Academy is a program of Schools for Children, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization based in Winchester, Mass.