Teacher (Gateway / Katie Miller) Blount / Knox


The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Special Education Teacher for Gateway and Katie Miller Program

SUMMARY - Residential Special Education Teacher

The Special Education Teacher will be responsible for:

  • Individual educational needs of the clients at Gateway Academy and Katie Miller including the special needs of students identified with Special Education certification and students with 504 plans.
  • Developing lesson plans
  • Delegating tasks to the assistants
  • Reporting progress to the Program Coordinator.
  • Participating in treatment planning for the residents and utilizing the behavioral system employed.
  • Meeting or exceeding the expectations of DCS / Department of Education requirements to maintain school certification. 
  • Acting as the Educational Liaison which requires the completion of education reports as well as communication with the liaison persons in the schools of the community as directed by the Interdepartmental Agreement between the Department of Children's Services and the Department of Education.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $47,366 /yr with relevant experience and education.

REQUIREMENTS - Residential Special Education Teacher

Education/Knowledge: Possess a teaching certificate in the state of Tennessee with a current special education certificate. 


  • Working with children/youth/families. 
  • Prefer residential experience or exposure via internship. 
  • Understanding the educational expectations of DCS/DOE and Title I/TACF. 
  • Experience in a clinical setting. 

Abilities / Skills:

  • Must be able to lead students, staff effectively and utilize resources properly. 
  • Must be able to make sound judgment and utilize appropriate boundaries. 
  • Must be able to contribute to the therapeutic environment and provide feedback regarding the client's progress.
  • Ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients. 


  • Must be capable of driving clients to and from appointments, outing and other transportation needs. 
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work. 
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs. 
  • Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs. 
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. 
  • To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.

The McNabb Center (www.mcnabbcenter.org) is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.