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ROE #17 is opening Bridge Academy in the Fall 2022 to begin serving students with internalizing mental health concerns at risk of hospitalization or returning from hospitalization, for the 2022-2023 school year.  Designed with specific intention to maintain small class sizes, low capped attendance rates, individualized plans to aid students not only in their academic efforts but also their mental health needs to also successfully achieve a healthy transition and return to their school of origin.

Summary: Provides specialized instruction in order to meet the unique educational needs of students with internalizing mental health concerns, disabilities, and/or other specialized needs, evaluates and assesses progress, in accordance with student’s IEP and/or individualized plan, in a variety of settings.  This teacher is a lead teacher for their own classroom and is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the assigned classroom program.  Must have an ability to modify assignments and curriculum based on the needs of the students.


  • Commitment to Trauma Responsive Education Environment:  Demonstrates competence and understanding and commitment to trauma-informed practices and trauma responsive education.  Remains dedicated to ensuring Bridge Academy is an inclusive, safe and calming environment for all.  Works to establish and maintain healthy communication and partnerships with students, colleagues, and families.

  • Educational Instruction:  Plans, coordinates, evaluates, and implements a comprehensive curriculum which meets the individualized academic, emotional, and social needs of each student enrolled in the classroom and which is directly related to grade-based ISBE standards and/or the student’s Individualized Educational Plan or 504 Plan.  Assesses students performance levels and recommends appropriate goals and objectives.  Teaches curriculum with intention and with specific regard for inquiry based and experiential learning when possible.
  • Social-Emotional Education:  Implements social skills training embedded in academic instruction, paired with tenets of SEL which meet ISBE standards but also help students flourish in interactions with others and navigate their own emotions and needs.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Structure: Works collaboratively with other teachers, case managers, clinician and administrator to partner with students and their families to treatment plan for academics and services for the student and/or their families.  Attends meetings as assigned.  Initiates meetings when needs present.  Collaborates with regard to classroom adaptations, instructional modifications, or other instructional interventions that may be needed with regard to any student and the team.
  • Progress Reporting:  Collects, prepares and presents academic data and progress on each child in the classroom, as well as emotional or behavioral needs.  Maintains grades and data, and applies analysis, as required by standards to measure student progress.
  • Lesson Plans:  Develops and implements lesson plans that reflect best practices.
  • Professional Development:  Dedication to personal and professional growth through ongoing professional development including, but not limited to book studies, school or regional trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences, and/or advanced course work at institutions of higher learning.
  • Documentation:  Maintains accurate and complete records as required by law and school policy.

  • Motivation:  Strives to help students identify their internal strengths, interests and motivation while maintaining a classroom environment supportive of same.  Plans a program of study that motivates students and pushes them toward success, as individually defined.


ISBE Professional Educator License (PEL) with LBS I endorsement and experience with students with social-emotional needs.  Ability to build relationships with students and colleagues to work collaboratively for student success.  Must be able to demonstrate competence in trauma-informed practices.


A stipend will be provided for virtual trainings and independent trainings required during the month of July and the first two weeks of August.  Salary for school year will be commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please send letter of application, current resume, copies of transcripts and certification(s), along with three letters of recommendation to:  Trisha Malott, ROE #17, 201 E. Grove Street, Suite 300, Bloomington, IL  61701.  Please call 309-888-5120 with any questions.  Materials may also be emailed to:  malottT@roe17.org

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