POSITION SUMMARY The purpose of this position is…" /> ESS Teacher @ NorthPointe Christian Schools

ESS Teacher

Grand Rapids, MI


NorthPointe Christian Schools is an independent Christian school formed in 1972 serving over 1,000 preschool through high school students from over 120 churches. NPC's pairs academic excellence with a strong, Christ-centered environment to reach our mission of "equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ." 


The purpose of this position is to partner with parents and teachers in fostering a climate for students to achieve their God given potential through differentiation, curriculum development, and small group instruction with competence and compassion. This position actively engages in NorthPointe Christian’s mission of “Equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.”


  • Support the School’s Foundational Statements and mission through word and deed.
  • Integrate Biblical principles and Scripture into daily activities.
  • Minister to students through prayer, encouragement, and wise counsel.
  • Offer teacher training in the areas of differentiated instruction, program development, and establish Individualized Student Plans (ISP's) and 504 Plans while partnering with GRPS and NPC team members.
  • Partner in assessments, intervention, and progress monitoring; set goals and objectives for pull out core class students, oversee behavior and academic improvement plans for special education students, closely communicate with faculty members about the progress of students. 
  • Plan for and provide quality differentiated, remedial instruction and materials for modified classes including the development of objectives and goals.
  • Together with general education teachers, guide accommodation and modification of the general education curriculum based upon effective, varied remedial instruction and technology. 
  • Oversee an inclusion student support school program (ConnectPoints/Circle of Friends or similar) for the purpose of social and discipleship support within the classroom and outside with monthly gatherings.
  • Communicate regularly with parents to nurture a supportive and cooperative relationship between home and school.  Respond to parent phone calls as soon as possible but no later than forty-eight hours via phone or email. 
  • Model, monitor, and assist general education teachers toward adherence to inclusive education program requirements. 
  • Attend a minimum two per year professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Professionally represents the school in interactions with parents, community, staff, and students. Remain professional in attire and behavior.
  • Maintain open communication with leadership regarding questions, concerns, and needs. Respect the confidential nature of the role with sensitive management of information within the school community; information should not be shared outside the context of ESS responsibilities.


  • Active Christian in agreement with and willing to sign the NorthPointe Christian School’s Foundational statements.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education with Special Education certification endorsement: Learning Disabilities and/or cognitive impairment endorsement; a commitment to further education in the field. 
  • Spanish Immersion experience preferred.
  • Personal characteristics: Compassionate, organized, timely, flexible, strong listening and communication skills (orally and written), spiritual supportive, discerning, visionary, and collaborative.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work.
  • Able to pass required background checks and fingerprint screening.
  • Exhibit the verbal ability to understand meaning of words, the ideas associated with them, and the ability to convey them to others clearly using oral expression and comprehension.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physically able to:
    • Frequently stand and sit for extended periods of time.
    • Frequently use manual dexterity and/or mobility to grasp and/or manipulate objects, operate equipment, and move around the classroom.
    • On occasion, engage with students while kneeling, squatting, stooping, or bending 50-70 degrees at the waist.
    • Perform daily repetitive movement of fingers and hands when writing and typing.
    • Read printed and electronic material daily. See with clarity objects using close, distant, and peripheral vision.
    • Sufficiently hear conversations in person and distinguish sounds clearly up to 20 feet.
  • Must be able to maintain continuous safety of the students and respond quickly and appropriately to any threat toward their well-being.


The work environment is a standard classroom, office, or gathering space. The noise level in the work environment is typically low to moderate, but occasionally high depending upon student population and activities.