Shadow Teacher*

Shadow teaching is a professional service offered to the school and family to better manage the needs of students who have more demanding learning and behavioral needs.

ACS Athens facilitates the process of helping parents find the right Shadow Teacher who is knowledgeable in the specific needs of the student and provides support in the inclusive classroom environment. Shadow Teaching is a progressive form of assistance that acts as a resource for the school and the parent.

*Shadow Teachers are employed by the families and assist in the communication and collaboration between all parties involved. The ultimate goal of the Shadow Teacher is to guide the student towards independence in school. The Shadow Teacher helps provide the students with continuity in their classes, instills responsibility, fosters independence and encourages learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advocate for student’s needs
  • Attend meetings as necessary
  • Demonstrate punctuality
  • Submit payment receipt monthly
  • Be knowledgeable of Agreement stipulations
  • Follow all school policies
  • Understands and upholds child protection and safeguarding processes
  • Alert the teacher if student is not accessing the curriculum level
  • Communicate with OLP Specialist when further accommodations are necessary
  • Create materials, research strategies and interventions to support student needs
  • Be knowledgeable in student’s specific diagnosis/diagnoses
  • Assist the student to participate appropriately and meaningfully in class
  • Assist the student to stay focused
  • Assist the student to function in an environment where there are many distractions
  • Provide 1-1 teaching time to ensure review and practice of concepts
  • Be positive and encourage student to persevere
  • Assist student in maintaining self control
  • Maintain boundaries and set limits for students
  • Maintain boundaries and fine balance between home and school
  • Compose weekly Log Notes and submit by set deadline
  • Encourage student to ask for help from his/her teachers
  • Encourage student to build positive and mutually respective peer relationships
  • Provide student with breaks during the day so that he/she can regroup and concentrate better
  • Establish a transparent and effective line of communication between the student, family, educators, and professionals to provide optimal support throughout the school day
  • Other duties as necessary to support student’s individual needs
  • Display ethical and professional behavior
  • Be knowledgeable of ACS Athens’ philosophy, mission and vision


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s in Special Education, Psychology, Learning Differences, Educational Psychology
  • Appropriate certification/licensure
  • Strong understanding of differentiation and specific learning differences, behavioral/emotional differences and teaching writing and conceptualized mathematics
  • Native English language speaker
  • Understanding and knowledge in child/adolescent psychology and development
  • Strong communication, data analysis, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Strong technology skills (able to use MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Ability to develop and sustain positive working relationships with students, staff, parents and colleagues
  • Technology skills (able to use MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Currently contributing to US Social Security and FICA tax, if US citizen

Application Procedure:

To be considered for this vacancy, please complete this form and submit in English:

  • Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
  • Resume, which should contain applicable license/certification information and;
  • The contact information for three professional references.