Special Needs Education Coordinator at Nairobi Waldorf School

The 1st Steiner-Waldorf Kindergarten opened in 1998… …in a small house along the Magadi Road on the outskirts of Nairobi. It was led by 3 teachers from Germany (Florian, Vojko and Irmgard). The following year the school moved to Mbagathi extending the kindergarten to a 1st Grade primary class. The Mbagathi Steiner school continues to run successfully; now a fully fledged kindergarten and primary school known as the Rudolf Steiner School, Mbagathi, transitioning their children successfully into Kenyan Curriculum Secondary schools. In 1994 a new Waldorf Kindergarten opened its doors in a beautiful residential suburb – the Kileleshwa Kindergarten. This was initiated by a group of parents who had been impressed by the Mbagathi kindergarten but needed something in a more central area.

Reporting To: The Pedagogical Chair

Job Purpose: The Learning Support Coordinator will work closely with learning support teachers and regular teachers to support student learning and serve as the Coordinator of the Kolisko Group.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identifying and assessing children with special needs and referring them for further assessment where possible.
  • Collaborating with teachers to develop a team teaching model in class which meets the needs of all students
  • Communicating, updating, and consulting with staff and parents regarding relevant learning support programs/ topics.
  • Liaising with outside agencies such as educational psychologist where necessary to refer our learners to seek any assistance where need be.
  • Creating and maintaining a regular system of monitoring, assessing, record keeping, and reporting of the learner’s progress.
  • Delivering effective communication to parents and stakeholders on school program, student achievements, and behavior.
  • Assisting with learner’s assessment during recruitment, admission, and enrollment.
  • Developing and implementing Individual Education Programs (IEPs).
  • Supporting class teachers in the implementation of personalized learning models.
  • Working closely with class teachers and learning support teachers to ensure the learners support services are harmonized, coherent, and mutually supportive to meet the needs of the learner.
  • Coordinating the Kolisko Group, the school’s learning support team.
  • Organizing and delivering staff development training to learning support teachers and the Kolisko Group.
  • Organizing and chairing learners centered review and assessment as appropriate.
  • Participating in staff, parent, and student meetings.
  • Any other assigned duties.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Needs Education or equivalent
  • Must be registered with TSC
  • Certified Teaching Certificate
  • Certificate in Waldorf Education is an added advantage
  • Minimum of Five (5) years professional experience in a similar role

Required Skills and Competences

  • Special needs training
  • Experience in learning support programs
  • Ability to create Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Computer literate
  • A certificate in Waldorf Education is an added advantage
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma teaching experience an added advantage
  • Possess effective communication skills and relate well with all students, teachers, and support staff
  • Ability to work to deadlines while maintaining a standard of excellence and attention to detail
  • Display patience, flexibility, stress tolerance, independent initiative, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, cooperation, and the ability to work on a team

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