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Special Education Teacher - $10,000 Sign-On Bonus

Special Education Teacher - $10,000 Sign-On Bonus

Non-Profit and Social Services Education

Marklund Day School is hiring Special Education Teachers! 

New Grads are Welcome to Apply!

$10,000 Sign-On Bonus for Full-Time Elgin positions ($2,500 paid out after every 6 months over 2 years).

We are expanding our school, come grow with us!

Join us in making everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities!

We are seeking highly skilled and dedicated Special Education Teachers. This is a Life Skills Teacher position at our Day School with openings in Elgin, Bloomingdale and Geneva, IL.

We value our employees and always strive to maintain a stimulating work environment and diverse culture. Join us today, so YOU can make the ‘Marklund Difference’ like Nancy has!

Nancy’s Story:

"I’m proud to say that I have been a part of the Marklund organization for 11 years and with the Day School for 5 years. As the lead teacher of the Day School, I get to wake up excited to go to work every day. Touching the lives of the children we serve is my passion, and the Marklund Day School shares this desire with me. Working for the Marklund Day School has made me a better educator and it continues to inspire me to develop professionally in the field. The Marklund Day School does not believe in limitations, but rather the talents, strengths and gifts that each child brings to the classroom. In all my years as an educator, the Marklund Day School is the one and only that stands out among the rest due to its student centered, compassionate, innovative, and dedicated methods and leadership. I’m so proud to be a part of such an inspirational and positive organization!"– Nancy V


Who We Are

Marklund Day School is a well-known and respected nonpublic school serving students ages Pre K-22 who come to our school’s program through partnerships with various Chicago suburban school districts. Our Day School is a program of Marklund, a nonprofit organization that provides residential, therapeutic and education services to children and adults with profound developmental disabilities. Marklund Day School provides an environment conducive to learning through specialized curriculum, positive behavioral interventions, and individualized student support. The Marklund Life Skills Program is designed to provide specialized support to students who have learning and developmental disabilities and those identified on the Autism Spectrum.

Our highly sensory-driven program features:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Sensory and Therapy Rooms
  • Computer Adapted Technology
  • Community Programs and Opportunities
  • Observation areas and Outdoor Courtyard
  • Model Apartment... and more!

To learn more about our school please visit our website at


Job Responsibilities:

  • Deliver individualized instruction to students based upon their individual needs
  • Provide clear, consistent structure for the classroom, ensuring that the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student are met
  • Draft, create and monitor IEPs for assigned students in classroom
  • Supervise and provide feedback for Paraprofessionals
  • Teach during our ESY (Extended School Year)

Please note that this job summary is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We offer a supportive mentoring program for our new teachers that currently includes:

  • Initial onboarding and training
  • Assistance from Instructional Coaches that provide in-classroom support
  • In-room coaching
  • RBTP in Life Skills classrooms

As an equal opportunity employer, Marklund respects and supports diversity, equity and inclusion as part of our work environment. We strive to provide a rich culture where everything we do contributes to our mission of “making everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities.”

Are you ready to contribute to Marklund’s mission and vision, and become an integral part of enhancing the lives of the individuals we serve? 


Required Experience:

Qualifications for this position:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited college and have proper and current Illinois teaching credentials (PEL license). Must include LBS1. Must meet state guidelines for school accreditation.
  • Experience in educating children with special needs preferred. Ability to understand students unique needs and react effectively to their needs. Experience with profound disabilites a plus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job and to meet its functional and environmental requirements

When you join the Marklund team, you receive the following:

Compensation & Benefits we offer YOU

Full-Time Employees:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Company Paid Life Insurance for all FT employees
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Long-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Short -Term Disability
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)*
    • *School Employees Receive “Closed Days” and Sick/Personal
  • PTO Cash-In & Conversion Twice Per Year
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Extended Sick Bank
  • 7 Paid Holidays per Year

Full-Time and Part-Time Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Retirement Savings Plan – eligible upon hire
    • Marklund matches up to 5%

 Ways we appreciate YOU

  • Annual Employee Recognition Dinner and Celebration
  • Years of Service Awards and Gifts beginning at 5 years
  • Claire Haverkampf (founder) Annual Commemorative Award
  • You Caught My Eye – Monthly Employee Award
  • Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Training & Growth Opportunities for YOU

  • We promote from within whenever possible
  • You are paid while you train:
    • In-House Training Programs
    • Leadership Training Program
  • Employee Workshops on a variety of topics

Benefits/Programs subject to change.

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