Teacher of the Deaf II - Mama Lere Hearing School


Job Information

Job Status
Employer or Hiring entity
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Application Acceptance Time Period
or until filled.
Job Start Date
Until Filled

Job Description

To evaluate, educate, tutor, counsel, and provide care to students with and without hearing loss to develop spoken language and listening skills using a reverse mainstreaming model. Provide independent educational services as assigned. Participate actively in identifying and conducting quality improvement activities. Collaborate with the student educational team to meet student care needs, outcomes, and system objectives.


  • Completes documentation in a manner consistent with medical center and department policies. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Document and report information consistent with school-legal policies and professional standards, using language appropriate to the use of the documentation and the audience/recipients.
  • Consistently meet standards for timely filing of documentation (i.e., attendance logs turned in daily).
  • Document to ensure reimbursement of services provided.
  • Provides educational services in a manner consistent with compliance requirements, medical center policies, TN Department of Education standards, and the department's financial goals. Plan and implements developmentally appropriate auditory-oral curriculum and activities according to the child's IFSP/IEP, NAEYC guidelines, TN Department of Education standards, Options Standards, and Center policy. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Meet child-contact hour standards.
  • Make judicious decisions relative to department funds and resources.
  • Prepares unit plans with school team members.
  • Prepares weekly and daily lesson plans with assigned classroom team members.
  • Posts unit and lesson plans each time they are updated.
  • Prepares and distributes classroom newsletter with each unit.
  • Submits reports necessary for compliance with licensing agencies and agency contracts.
  • Plans activities in advance in order to assure that needed supplies and materials are prepared with assigned classroom team members.
  • Modifies lesson plans if the student is not deriving benefits.
  • Incorporate new information gained, from ongoing dialogue with student, family, and student educational team.
  • Plan and coordinate field trips as appropriate to your unit plans. Secure appropriate releases from families prior to the field trip.
  • Ensure that all equipment used by the children as well as the classroom systems is functional. Troubleshoot devices if needed.
  • Completes educational assessments using appropriate testing methods and equipment for the student type, diagnosis, and admissions requirements to the school. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Obtain information pertinent to the assessment as needed for the IEP/IFSP.
  • Administer and score formal and informal tests and assessments for each grading period or as stipulated on the IEP/IFSP.
  • Analyze and interpret the test and assessment results.
  • Report findings to the student, family, school system, and other members of the student educational team in a timely manner and consistent with FERPA standards.
  • Evaluate and incorporate research findings into the assessment and educational plan for each student.
  • Develop teacher made tests, as needed, to document progress made on the IEP/IFSP.
  • Formulates IEP/IFSP goals to address deficits, student/family areas of concerns, and other members of the student educational team concerns. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Write functional and measurable IEP/IFSP goals and objectives based upon the results of the assessment and input from the student educational team and family. These goals need to be in the following domains: auditory, speech, language, cognition, social skills, self-help, motor, and any others determined to be appropriate.
  • Identify and recommend additional/alternative services when appropriate.
  • Develop goals consistent with the family's goals and resources.
  • Apply evidence based practices in the educational setting.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children. (Per NAEYC, JACHO, OSHA, Risk Management, and Center policies). Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Monitors classroom and playground for cleanliness and safety.
  • Cleans classrooms according to established policies.
  • Complies with center cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • Limits excessive clutter in classroom.
  • Arrives punctually for work in order to maintain appropriate adult-child ratios.
  • Facilitates discussions with children throughout the day in order to enhance language development.
  • Monitors tone and volume of own voice to ensure respectful interactions with children, parents, and co-workers.
  • Assures that children are supervised at all times. Monitors clean-up times and transitions in order to assure the safety and security of all children.
  • Positions self in classroom and on playground in order to interact with and guide children.
  • Provide basic care for children such as feeding, personal hygiene, snack/lunch, rest/nap time, and medical needs.
  • Classrooms should be set-up to reflect the current themes and centers should be organized to meet state standards and children's needs.
  • Participates in and contributes to staff meetings, parents meetings/conferences, IFSP/IEPs, and opportunities for professional development. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Reports issues, concerns, or topics that need to be included in staff meetings.
  • Initiates discussions with parents related to their child.
  • Conducts parents meetings/conferences as outlined in the policy manual.
  • Attends workshops and conferences as directed by supervisor.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice, TN Department of Education Standards, Parent Handbook, Vanderbilt's policies and procedures, and Center's policies and procedures.
  • Attends staff meetings.
  • Respect roles and professional boundaries of others.
  • Follow through with assigned roles and required activities (i.e. staff meetings).
  • Attend and participate in IFSP/IEPs.
  • Establish a routine method of communicating with the families in your classroom.
  • Provides appropriate transitional plans. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Inform student, family members and members of the student educational team of the projected transitional time from the school to their home school district.
  • Make appropriate transitional recommendations with the student educational team.
  • Provides supervision to student teachers and graduate students as assigned and as appropriate to quality patient care and their professional development needs. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Provide instruction, information, readings, guidance/counsel and training to ensure competent student care is provided by supervisees at all times.
  • Ensure supervisees comply with unit-specific, department/center, and medical center policies and procedures.
  • Ensure supervisees are evaluated in writing and evaluations are documented in a timely manner and reviewed face-to-face consistent with all pertinent/established guidelines and standards for supervision in the department.
  • Meets all mandated continuing education requirements. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Maintain continuing education records and submit continuing education verification documentation to maintain state licensing and TN DOE requirements.
  • Attend supervisory and other training activities provided within the Medical Center.
  • Provides education to others and participates in formal/informal research activities. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Participate in teaching and mentoring activities on campus and/or in the community.
  • Participates in formal research, data collection, an application of evidence based practices, and/or quality assurance data collection activities.
  • Displays professionalism and leadership. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Participate in professional organizations.
  • Advocate on behalf of the profession or the students we serve.
  • Participate in fundraising, marketing activities, or community liaison activities on behalf of the Center.
  • Ensure facility accreditation standards are met and maintained.
  • Act independently but with concurrence of supervisors to solve problems.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed by the Director and Principal. Demonstrates the ability to:
  • Assist in the childcare program as needed or assigned.
  • Assist in special projects that impact the school and professional development.
  • Assist in bus duties to help with the arrival and dismissal of children to and from school.


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At our growing health system, we support each other and encourage excellence among all who are part of our workforce. High-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt Health for professional growth, appreciation of benefits, and a sense of community and purpose.

Core Accountabilities:

Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance. Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment. Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area. Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.

Core Capabilities :

Supporting Colleagues:- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy, and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance e and gain knowledge in new areas.- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences. Delivering Excellent Services:- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.- Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness. Ensuring High Quality: - Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them. - Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring. Managing Resources Effectively: - Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities. Fostering Innovation:- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.

Position Qualifications:



LIC-Special Education Hearing PreK-12 Endorsement - Tennessee Department of Education

Work Experience:

Relevant Work Experience

Experience Level:

1 year



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Nashville, Tennessee

Updated: January 16, 2024