A list of common school faculty members.
Teacher – Teachers are responsible for providing the students they serve with direct instruction in the area of content they specialize in. The teacher is expected to use district approved curriculum to meet state objectives within that content area. The teacher is responsible for building relationships with parents of children which they serve.
Counselor – A counselor’s job is often multifaceted. A counselor provides counseling services for students who may struggle academically, have a rough home life, may have gone through a difficult situation, etc. A counselor also provides academic counseling setting student schedules, getting students scholarships, preparing them for life after high school, etc. In some cases a counselor may also serve as the testing coordinator for their school.
Special Education – A special education teacher is responsible for providing the students they serve with direct instruction in the area of content with which the student has an identified learning disability in. The special education teacher is responsible for writing, reviewing, and implementing all Individual Education Plan’s (IEP) for students served. They also are responsible for scheduling meetings for IEP’s.
Speech Therapist – A speech therapist is responsible for identifying students who need speech related services. They are also responsible for providing the specific services needed to those students identified. Finally they are responsible for writing, reviewing, and implementing all speech related IEP’s.
Occupational Therapist – An occupational therapist is responsible for identifying students who need occupational therapy related services. They are also responsible for providing the specific services needed to those students identified.
Physical Therapist - A physical therapist is responsible for identifying students who need physical therapy related services. They are also responsible for providing the specific services needed to those students identified.
Alternative Education – An alternative education teacher is responsible for providing the students they serve with direct instruction. The students they serve often cannot function in a regular classroom often because of discipline related issues, so the alternative education teacher has to be extremely structured and a strong disciplinarian.
Library/Media Specialist – A library media specialist oversees the operation of the library including the organization, ordering of books, checking out of books, return of books, and re-shelving of books. The library media specialist also works directly with the classroom teachers to provide assistance in anything associated with the library. They also are responsible for teaching students library related skills and creating programs that develop lifelong readers.
Reading Specialist – A reading specialist works with students who have been identified as struggling readers in a one-on-one or small group setting. A reading specialist assists the teacher in identifying students who are struggling readers as well as finding the specific area within reading that they struggle with. A reading specialist’s goal is to get each student they work with on grade level for reading.
Intervention Specialist – An intervention specialist is much like a reading specialist. However, they are not just limited to reading and may assists students who struggle in many areas including reading, math, science, social studies, etc. They often fall under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher.
Coach – A coach oversees the day to day operations of a specific sports program. Their duties can include organizing practice, scheduling, ordering equipment, and coaching games. They are also in charge of specific game planning including scouting, game strategy, substitution patterns, player discipline, etc.
Assistant Coach – An assistant coach helps the head coach in whatever capacity the head coach directs them to. They often suggest game strategy, help organize practice, and assist with scouting as needed.