Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Watertown Public Schools




Position:                    Teacher of the Visually Impaired & Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Watertown Public Schools
Position:                    Teacher of the Visually Impaired & Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Position Type:                       Full time                               
Location:                    District
Reports to:                 Principal       
Affiliation:                WEA Unit A
Salary range:                        Per contract
Starting Date:                       09/03/19
Closing Date:                        Open until filled
Teacher of the Visually Impaired/ Certified Orientation Mobility Specialist: Job Description
The Watertown Public Schools seeks an outstanding Teacher of the Visually Impaired who is also a Certified Orientation Mobility Specialist to support students with visual impairments, prefered.  The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about educating all children in the Least Restrictive Environment and improving educational outcomes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement specially designed instruction to meet the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments
  • Conduct functional vision and learning media assessments, identifying the educational implications of each student’s specific vision condition
  • Conduct orientation and mobility assessments, identifying potential needs in this area
  • Assist the student, parents, special and regular education personnel, and sighted peers in understanding the unique educational needs and learning characteristics of visually impaired students,
  • Consult regularly with the classroom teacher, other regular and special education personnel, parents, and others to coordinate programs and services for the visually impaired student.
  • Recommend environmental and instructional adjustments for the student in the classroom and school
  • Share responsibility with classroom teachers in the identification of instructional areas in which the student requires assistance
  • Assure that large-type or braille texts, supplementary materials, educational, aids, and equipment needed by the visually impaired student, and the classroom teacher, are provided in a timely manner to ensure the student's access to the curriculum and to the life of the school
  • Teach braille literacy for students as appropriate
  • Instruct the visually impaired student in the development of skills and knowledge that enables him or her to navigate their environment independently, as appropriate for the individual’s age and developmental level
  • Teach the visually impaired student to travel with proficiency, safety, and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments.
  • Consult regularly with sighted peers, parents, classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and/or other special education personnel to assist in environmental modifications, adaptations, and considerations and to ensure reinforcement of appropriate orientation and mobility skills that will enable the student to travel independently in these settings.
  • Prepare and utilize equipment and materials, for example, tactile maps, models, distance low vision devices, and long canes, for the development of O&M skills.
  • Attend IEP Team meetings and provide input regarding progress and recommended next steps
  • Author relevant sections of the IEP, and write progress reports

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with teachers and administrators to set high academic and instructional expectations
  • Familiarity with high impact instruction, and is comfortable modeling instruction when needed
  • Holds the belief that all children can learn and be successful
  • Owns a passion for leveraging technology in the classroom


  • Current Massachusetts Teaching License/Certification, required
  • Three or more successful years of teaching experience, preferred
  • Master’s Degree, preferred

Please apply @  www.schoolspring.ccom or call 617-926-7766 for more information

Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Paula Czyrklis
Watertown Public Schools