About American Paradigm Schools - First Philadelphia Prep

American Paradigm Schools is a non-profit, education management organization that supports and serves four charter schools in North and Northeast Philadelphia. The mission of American Paradigm Schools is to develop, manage, and support diverse school communities, who are grounded in literacy to produce academic excellence and expand opportunities for all students. Our vision is world class schools in diverse communities.

Job Description

A Special Education Teacher develops and provides specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities; Progress monitors and assesses student progress against instructional objectives and individualized goals; Holds title of IEP Case Manager to assigned students; and co-teaches with the general education teacher.

Duties and Responsibilities

Major Responsibilities


  • Plans and Implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Plans and leads lessons that are based in physical fitness, rhythm and dance, individual and team sports
  • Incorporates values of cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship in the gym classroom
  • Exhibit strong classroom management with a focus on student ownership, teamwork, and positive classroom environment
  • Measures growth and progress towards state standards
  • Provides ample opportunities for regular physical activity and movement
  • Encourages and focuses on growth
  • Promotes a physically active lifestyle


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Instructing
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis and evaluation


Technology Skills


  • Google Suite for Education
  • Student Information System
  • Student Intervention Programs
  • Document Camera
  • Projector, laptop, copier


Education and certifications

Certification requirement


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • PA Certification


Physical Requirements


  • Sitting
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Talking
  • Pushing
  • Driving
  • Lifting 20-25 Lbs.
  • Moving Up and Down from a seated position
  • Restraining
  • Walking up and down stairs


American Paradigm Schools are Caring School Communities.

Relationships are the foundation of classroom and school life and underpin teaching, learning, and prosocial development. Building relationships and fostering students’ sense of community are a critical part of our work at APS and as such, we have partnered with the Collaborative Classroom to implement the Caring School Community Model in all of our schools.

Caring School Community model builds positive classroom and schoolwide communities while developing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and competencies. It is designed to help students become caring, responsible members of their school communities and, ultimately, to grow into humane, principled, and skilled citizens of a democratic society. The lessons in the program help faculty and staff create a warm, safe, and disciplined school environment where all community members can develop the skills and dispositions they need to interact constructively with others.

All employees at American Paradigm Schools are expected to be true champions of the Caring School Community Program.

Job Function


Job Type


School Type

Public Charter





Education Level

4- Year Degree