Learning Specialist – Math & Literacy (Full-time)

Learning Specialists & Psychologist · New York, New York
Department Learning Specialists & Psychologist
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Based on Experience

Independent, Day School for JK-Grade 8 (www.stlukeschool.org)
A coeducational Episcopal day school in the West Village (New York, NY), St. Luke’s School offers a balanced and challenging Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8 curriculum that serves students of all faiths. Small by intent and design, St. Luke’s size promotes openness, accessibility, and collaboration. St. Luke’s students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds - we value, seek and encourage an enriching and diverse community. 


Job Snapshot
FSLA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Learning Services
Start Date: August 15, 2020
Benefits (include but not limited to): Paid Time Off, Professional Development, Health Insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, Lunch Program

Learning Specialists (Math & Literacy) Expectations

  • Teach and assess small groups to establish foundational literacy, math, and study skills as appropriate.
  • Experience in teaching math to Kindergarten through Grade 5.
  • Teach two sections of Grade 5 math with a familiarity of fractions, decimals, percents, integers, and geometry.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of reading, writing and math curricula and experience training teachers in pedagogy.
  • Broad understanding of literacy and experience in the teaching of reading
  •  Assess students' progress by being familiar with several different types of formal and informal assessments, write progress reports as determined, and provide input for and/or attend parent-teacher conferences. 
  • Communicate and collaborate with homeroom teachers, school's administrators, other learning support personnel, the psychologist and the Lower School Learning Services team. Advise in curriculum development when appropriate.
  • Observe students in classrooms at the request of faculty, administrators, and families.
  • Guide school personnel and families when outside resources are suggested, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, tutoring and neuro-psych evaluation referrals. 
  • Read and interpret the results of neuropsychological evaluations. Synthesize information and summarize for faculty, parents and administration. Make recommendations for classroom and testing accommodations.
  • Serve as a mentor, coach, and/or peer partner as determined by the Division Heads.
  • Good sense of humor, empathy for children and families, and finds joy working in schools. 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Establish and communicate expectations for behavior and classroom management among the students.
  • Observe and assess students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as discussions, demonstrations, and projects. Prepare and implement differentiation for students of various learning abilities.
  • Confer and meet with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic concerns. Partner with parents on their child's progress to determine priorities and resources needed.
  • Enforce school policies and rules with students.
  • Collaborate with other professional staff in the development, evaluation, and revision of programs and curriculum.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Participate in and manage students on school field trips. This includes off-site locations and overnight trips.
  • Participate and attend faculty meetings and committees.
  • Participate in the life of the school, including attendance at required events: faculty meetings, curriculum night, parent conferences, grade-level cocktail party, Christmas Fair, Spring Benefit, and school games and events.
  • Be present at the school during the required work hours.                       

Essential Functions

  • Teaching and speaking to students for the full school day.
  • Contact and communication with students, faculty/staff, and parents on a regular basis. Contact and communication consists of face-to-face discussions, e-mail, phone calls, letters, report cards, and memos.
  • Timeliness and ability to meeting deadlines including but not limited to report writing and curriculum planning.
  • Support the St. Luke’s School mission, values, institutional goals, and educational philosophy. Understanding and commitment to the community standards of compassion, dignity, excellence, honesty, and respect. 

Knowledge & Skills

  • Tools & Technology: Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite including Google classroom. Ability to us classroom technology such as Smart Boards.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Knowledge of techniques and strategies.
  • Active Learning: Commitment to life-long learning and participation in professional and personal growth.
  • Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the school and classroom.
  • Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.
  • Mediation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Service Orientation: Commitment to equity, inclusion, social justice and service. A sense of joy and wonder and an optimistic attitude.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education
  •  Training and Experience in Orton-Gillingham preferred


  • Track record working with teachers, students, and families in helping understand learning variances.
  • Growth mindset and the ability to build on students’ strengths to support their development.
  • 5 years or more of classroom teaching experience in PreK through Grade 5 classrooms

St. Luke’s requires all applicants to apply online. To apply, please go to www.stlukeschool.org (About Us/Employment). Please direct all questions to Peggy Chen, Human Resources, at 212.924.5960 or hr@stlukescholl.org. 


St. Luke's School is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. St. Luke's School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or any other category protected by local, state or federal law in its employment and administration policies, scholarship program, or admission policies. It is the policy of St. Luke's School to recruit, train, hire, promote, and otherwise attend to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or any other category protected by local, state or federal law.

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Learning Specialists & Psychologist
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Based on Experience