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Pressley Ridge Special Education Teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Since 1832, Pressley Ridge has done whatever it takes to create success for children, adults and families. Pressley Ridge’s innovative programming helps to rebuild communities and families who are facing difficult challenges and complex situations. From mental health and foster care services to residential treatment facilities and education for children with special needs, including autism and deafness, Pressley Ridge empowers nearly 8,000 kids and families each year with the ability and confidence to succeed.

As one of the 2019 Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Top Work Places, we invite you to join our Satellite Program in Wilkinsburg, PA. The Teacher/Special Education Teacher (SET) is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring effective individualized academic programs for each assigned student. The Teacher/SET also assists the mental health specialist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the individualized mental health treatment and/or positive behavior support plan for each assigned student. The Teacher/SET is a member of a classroom team. Please see below for the detailed description of the responsibilities.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

A. To assure effective academic programming for each student which results in high rates of academic progress and successful program completion, the Teacher/SET will:

  • design and annually review Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.s) for each student (teacher will assist in this process)

  • design daily individual lesson plans for each student

  • instruct students in all areas specified in I.E.P. through individual or group interactions;

  • integrate experiential education into student’s daily programming;

  • maintain frequent informal communication with team members regarding student programming and progress; and

  • demonstrates a proficient level of cultural sensitivity.

  • actively implement components of all Re-ED values in the school, home, and community settings

    B. To assure effective mental health programming to increase each student’s adaptive social skills and appropriate school decorum, the Teacher/SET will assist the Behavioral Health Educator/Mental Health Educator in:

  • designing and implementing a classroom management system and policies,

  • implementing group process procedures in the classroom

  • completing designated assessment forms on a regular basis;

  • formulating Mental Health Treatment Plans (MHTP) and/or positive behavior support plan;

  • maintaining frequent informal communication with team members regarding student programming and progress;

    C. To assure comprehensive documentation of all academic and behavioral progress, the Teacher/SET will:

  • prepare and distribute to students report cards and progress monitoring;

  • complete record-keeping procedures for team meetings,

  • follow designated program policy regarding the documentation of critical incidents

  • utilize technology through electronic documentation, electronic communication, and use of the internet to supplement programming.

  • assist in completing daily progress notes when necessary

    D. To assure the continuous safety of all students, the Teacher/SET will:

  • directly supervise assigned students

  • follow program-designated procedures for all physical contact with students;

  • follow program-designated procedures for student illness and injury, including arranging necessary medical care - - (with approval of Coordinator or Program/Education Director) - - informing appropriate persons of the situation, and documenting the injury/illness and actions taken;

  • assist other staff, as needed, in physical interventions to protect students and staff from injury

  • detect and remediate, with approval of Coordinator, if necessary, any potentially dangerous environmental conditions

  • when transporting students, maintain safe driving procedures.

    E. To assure the continuing development of professional skills, the Teacher/SET will:

  • participate in all regularly scheduled inservice programs

  • with the approval of the Program/Education Director, periodically serve on program committees;

  • with the approval of the Program/Education Director, periodically attend local, state, or national conferences and workshops.

    F. To promote the professional image of Pressley Ridge School in local, state, and national communities, the Teacher/SET will:

  • with the approval of the Program/Education Director, provide inservice/training programs to other programs;

  • with the approval of the Program/Educational Director, give formal presentations on program-relevant issues at local, state, or national workshops or conventions.

    Working Conditions

  • Physical Demands. This position requires a moderate to high level of physical activity. Employee must meet minimum requirements for Hearing, Speech and Vision.

  • Environmental. School and Community

  • Working Hours. As assigned




  • Bachelors or better in Education

Licenses & Certifications


  • Teaching Certification



  • Highly qualified in Math or Science

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)