High School Life Skills Special Education Teacher

  • The Menta Group Special Education Services
  • Tempe, AZ, USA
  • 04 May, 2021

Job Description

Job Description

Position Immediately Available for the remainder of the 2020/21 School Year. Position to resume in the 2021/22 School Year.

As a Special Education Teacher at The Menta Group, you will have the freedom and ability to educate a small classroom of students in a self-contained setting. Our social-emotional learning environments offer engaged and inquiry-based academics combined with a P.B.I.S. structure.


  • Teach life skills curriculum in a classroom setting
  • Provide a differentiated learning environment
  • Work collaboratively with staff, including curriculum and clinical staff to yield positive results for the students
  • Gain support on-campus from other teachers, administrators, curriculum staff, clinical staff, and various support staff that are Menta employees Have the freedom and ability to personalize learning
  • Provide a social-emotional learning environment
  • Have a classroom size of around 6 students with paraprofessional support in the classroom


  • ADE (Arizona Department of Education) Public Educator ID with Cross-Categorical/Special Education Certification or Other Teacher Certification (Non-Substitute)
  • Must be flexible in the ability to teach multiple grade levels as student populations change
  • Ability to teach a classroom of students within all basic instructional areas
  • Ability to work with youth with emotional/behavioral/academic difficulties
  • Ability to be flexible, work in teams and creatively problem solve
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively


Medical, Dental, & Vision Benefit Plans

  • 10 Month School Position with 12 Month Semi-Monthly Pay
  • Generous Paid Time Off Benefits (upon commencement of the new school year)
  • 403(b) Investment Options
  • Direct Employer Hire
  • Negotiable Sign-On Bonus for Certified Special Education Teachers

S.E.L.F. Programs

Tempe Union High School District and The Menta Group® have partnered to provide services for students diagnosed with disabilities in the S.E.L.F program.

The S.E.L.F. program provides students with an opportunity to participate in a curriculum tailored to meet their individual learning needs. S.E.L.F. also provides therapeutic supports embedded in the program to teach social, behavioral and academic skills students need to be successful in school, community and careers. A chief goal of the S.E.L.F. programs is to support student reintegration to their respective home schools.


Student academic programming includes an emphasis on core content including mathematics, reading and writing. Additionally, students receive consistent positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) as part of the daily programming. Each student participates in a social emotional curriculum including a leveled point system that provides students with an opportunity to access positive reinforcement and learn about the natural consequences of poor behavior choices.

More About The Menta Group

The Menta Group’s mission is “To provide innovative solutions to critical problems in education and human services.” Menta brings a framework of educational practices that have been designed and are supported through evidence based practices. Menta’s collaborative process with various school and community stakeholders has resulted in programs designed to educate, support, challenge, empower and celebrate students who present with a range of academic, social and emotional needs. At the beginning of a student’s experience with Menta, a collaborative meeting is held that includes the student, significant people in their lives, Menta staff and other professionals as appropriate. During that meeting, a comprehensive assessment of the student’s past, present and future desires is used to establish a student centered plan (MAP) that serves as a foundation of the student’s Menta programming. A guiding principle of Menta is ‘we do not give up’, while also holding our students and staff to high expectations. The educational offerings at a Menta program provides students with a quality education that is designed to nurture and enhance the skills and maturity needed to meet the challenges of being productive adults and citizens in a rapidly changing 21st century world.


Menta’s programs utilize a unique curricular framework that relies on the Expanded Menta Method and Trauma Informed Practices as the foundational principles for the teaching, counseling and mentoring work done by our highly trained staff. Personalized learning is the hub of our strategic curricular design intended to meet the needs of every student. Starting with the end in mind (learning targets and academic goals), a leveraging of current technologies coupled with highly trained instructional facilitators creates a rich learning environment supporting all student needs. Menta’s learning spaces are unique and specially designed to combine traditional teacher/student interaction with state of the art technology and learning innovations. Those learning spaces are flexible and can accommodate a variety of learning activities, such as inquiry learning and project based learning. Our spaces are designed to mimic productive spaces learners would find in business and/or corporate environments, thereby helping students achieve a mind-set designed for adult learning and work.


Professional Associations and/or Partnerships


The Menta Group affiliates are members/partners with CEC, CASE, Autism Speaks, ASBA, AAPSEC, AASA, CCSSO, SEAA, ASCD, and many more associations that focus on the education of children with disabilities.


Equal Opportunity Employer


The Menta Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Menta Group ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. The District has a policy of active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and non-certified employees. Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the district office.

Company Description

The Menta Group, Special Education Services (Est. 1973) is a network of non-public and some public-private partnership therapeutic day schools, meeting the social-emotional needs of students PK-Age 22. Programming from location to location varies in special education focus and grade level.

Our accredited therapeutic day schools are in Illinois and Arizona and we are growing!



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