Assistant Teacher for Children with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: The Wardlaw School

Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 28, 2018
Dec 21, 2018
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Start Date:  Immediate Availability

Reports to: Wardlaw School Directors

The mission of the Atlanta Speech School is to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. Established in 1938, the Atlanta Speech School serves children and adults with speech, hearing, language, or learning disabilities through clinical and educational programs, in addition to providing professional development for teachers and educators in partner schools and preschools. All of our programs are built upon a foundation of caring instruction, based on proven research, and strengthened with a depth of academic and clinical knowledge. We encourage applications for employment from professionals seeking meaningful careers and who are committed to the mission, values, and principles of the School.

The Wardlaw School for children with language-based learning disabilities is currently seeking an outstanding professional to serve as assistant teacher in our multi-disciplinary, collaborative educational environment.

Position Summary:
The Wardlaw School is dedicated to serving children with average to very superior intelligence and mild to moderate language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia (reading disability). Children accepted into the Wardlaw School may exhibit underlying auditory and/or language processing problems that make it difficult for them to learn in their present educational setting. Our students are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and are in kindergarten through 6th level. Wardlaw School students typically have a diagnosis of dyslexia or “red flags” for the disorder. They may also have difficulty understanding and/or using spoken language, expressing themselves through written language, or experience mathematical difficulties.

Essential candidate qualities, preferences, and skills:

  • Caring, positive attitude and a desire to work with young children
  • Able to set priorities and to remain flexible in response to changing needs
  • Maintain a daily schedule that balances instructional and administrative tasks
  • Work as part of a collaborative team in support of lead teachers, reading teachers and speech-language pathologists
  • Experience with young children in an educational environment

The job requires excellent oral communication skills, physical stamina and a desire to learn. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university

  • Exceptional ability to relate to the needs of kindergarten children
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with young children in an educational environment
  • Strong verbal communication ability
  • Physical stamina
  • Desire to learn
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to provide an appropriate speech and language model for developing children

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Assist the lead teachers in the Wardlaw School to implement instructional plans for 18 kindergarten students who have mild to moderate language-based learning disabilities.
  • Support the work of these teachers through preparation of instructional materials, data gathering and organizational tasks.
  • Interact with kindergarten students by providing additional individualized or small group learning support.
  • Assist teachers to gather data regarding student performance.  Occasionally implement instruction for a group of 9-18 students for periods of time by following a teacher- designed lesson plan
  • Supervise groups of K-3 children during lunch and recess
  • Work individually with children under the direction of the lead teacher to facilitate academic progress
  • Communicate with parents as needed during pick up and drop off
  • Prepare instructional materials, assist with assembly of bulletin boards, organize paper work
  • Participate in ongoing development opportunities provided by the school
  • The position is full time (5 days per week 7:45-2:45)


Salary is commensurate with experience.

This 190 day, full-time school position offers a generous benefit package including health/dental/life/vision and long term disability insurance; the School subsidizes health insurance premiums of staff and families. Other benefits include Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; cost reduction of some Atlanta Speech School services; complimentary meals during working hours; and accrued sick leave.

To Apply:

Please submit all of the following documents to ensure that your information is considered: cover letter, resume, college transcript, and written submission describing how your particular skills, talents, and/or expertise could be beneficial to the Wardlaw School (please limit to 500 words).

Subject line: Assistant Teacher – The Wardlaw School


Iris Goodson

Director of Human Resources


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