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You can be part of a special team dedicated to helping children and strengthening the community. Hammitt School is a premier special education facility serving 40 school districts throughout Illinois.

BASIC FUNCTION: The Special Education Teacher (Autism/Life Skills) is the lead classroom teacher, responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the assigned classroom program. Additionally, the Teacher provides classroom leadership and works in cooperation with assigned classroom staff.

WORK HOURS: Full-time, generally 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, following the school calendar

LOCATION: Hammitt Junior-Senior High School is at 612 Oglesby Ave. in Normal, IL & 403 Kays Drive in Normal, IL.


  • Educational Instruction: Plans, coordinates, evaluates, and implements a comprehensive curriculum which meets the individualized behavioral, academic and social needs of each student enrolled in the classroom and which is directly related to each child’s Individualized Educational Plan. Assesses student performance levels (behavioral and academic) and recommends appropriate goals and objectives in the IEP staffing process.
  • Progress Reporting: Collects, prepares and presents behavioral and academic data on each child in the classroom. Maintains behavioral data and applies statistical analysis as required by program standards to measure student progress.
  • Lesson Plans: Develops and implements lesson plans that reflect best practice in specialized educational instruction.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate area of special education and/or secondary education, specializing in teaching children with one or more of the following: behavior disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum, speech and language deficits and/or developmental disabilities.
  2. LBS-1 licensure with the State of Illinois in Special Education in one or more of the above-mentioned disabilities.
  3. At least one year of teaching in a special education program in a public or private facility preferred.


$2,500 SIGN-ON BONUS for external candidates

Benefits & Perks: We take good care of our employees so they can take care of our community. Benefits for full time Classroom Assistant include:

  • Health Insurance (choice of 3 medical plans)
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Retirement plan (403(b)/ROTH) with employer match
  • No cost Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Plan and Dependent Care Plan
  • Generous Paid Vacation, Personal time, Sick time, and Paid Holidays
  • School staff paid year round, over school breaks. 3 weeks off in summer!
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • NEW - No fee, No credit check $1,500 Line of Credit for medical, mental health, & veterinary services
  • NEW - Personalized assistance with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Discounted Fitness Memberships
  • Advancement opportunities and abundant training
  • Mentorship and professional development opportunities
  • Competitive pay with annual merit increases, $44,000+ based on experience, education, certification 

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