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Braillist Special Education Co-Teacher - IDEA Walzem Academy (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: IDEA Walzem Academy
Region: San Antonio, TX
Category: Instructional
Job Type: Full-Time


Role Mission: The Braillist Co-Teacher position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain valuable experience in Special Education teaching. This team member is responsible for transcribing educational materials into alternative formats for students who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, this position provides support to the district’s program for students with visual impairments.


What We Offer



  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $16.39 for 0 years of experience and $22.54
  • Hourly co-teachers earnings are paid out over a 12-month period


Other Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include:


  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability.
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


What You Bring -- Competencies



  • Education: 48 college hours preferred
  • Experience: Experience working with children who are blind or visually impaired strongly preferred
  • Licenses or Certifications: National Library of Congress Braille Certification or skill set and ability to obtain within one year


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of specialized software and hardware to prepare Braille and other tactile materials, such as, but not limited to, Index Embosser, Braille 2,000/Duxberry, Corel Draw, Dancing Dots, and Tactile View
  • Capable of physically assisting students with special needs as required (positioning, lifting, transferring, restraining)
  • Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment

What You’ll Do -- Accountabilities



  • Transcribes print materials, including textbooks and other books not readily available into literary braille.
  • Uses computer software and technology required for transcription to braille.
  • Produces adaptive instructional materials for students with visual impairments in accordance with the specification from the visually impaired teacher.
  • Embosses, re-edits, and binds materials using various methods.
  • Creates tactile graphics of maps, charts, pictures, routes, and other tactile displays using various tools, materials, and resources.
  • Manages and maintains all braille, large-print, and instructional material.
  • Implements lessons and activities with students with visual impairments in classrooms, one-to-one, and/or small group setting while under the direction of the visually impaired teacher.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill of instructional technology and tools used by students with visual impairments.
  • Performs classroom management duties, enforcing District rules governing the conduct.
  • Implements the goals and objectives of IDEA Public Schools and school.
  • Attends meetings, workshops, and training as directed by the manager.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students 


About IDEA Public Schools 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States.   


IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves nearly 75,000 college-bound students in 137 schools across Texas, Southern Louisiana and Florida and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. 

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures. Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.


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