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Thornton Academy considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital, veteran or other legally-protected status.


If there are any current employment opportunities available at Thornton Academy they would be listed below.

  • Applicants for posted openings -- Unless otherwise noted, the following materials may be submitted electronically to Employment Coordinator Susan Tarver:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • List of professional references with contact information (references will not be contacted without candidate's knowledge).  Copies of letters of reference may also be submitted.
    • In the event an interview is scheduled, candidates should bring copies of all post-secondary academic transcripts, a completed Thornton Academy application (available for download below), and a copy of your current/active CHRC.
  • Applicants for daily substituting -- Submit the application form for substitute teachers (below) together with a copy of your current/active CHRC 

Ed Tech III: Upper School

Educational Technician III:  Special Education

 Thornton Academy is seeking one Educational Technicians III (Ed Tech) to support students and classroom teachers/case managers.  This is a full-time one-year (school year) position (approximately 32.5 hours/week, 180 teacher days).


This position will serve students at the upper school (grades 9-12) level and incorporate the following settings:

  • Mainstream, resource support
  • Self-contained developmental program
  • Self-contained behavior program


Accountability:  The Ed Tech takes daily guidance and task direction from the classroom teachers/case managers whom this position supports but reports to the Special Education Department Chair in fulfilling all duties. 


Job Requirements Ed Techs at Thornton Academy must possess:

  • Ability to operate as a team member
  • Ability to adapt to the demands of special education programming
  • Ability to support classroom routines and individual student learning goals
  • Ability to instruct students one-on-one and in small groups for specific programming tasks
  • Ability to support behavior management programming to help foster a classroom climate conducive to learning
  • Ability to interact and support adolescents in a professional manner
  • Strong organizational, communication, and group process skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


Performance Responsibilities Tasks for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting classroom teacher/case manager to ensure that individual student learning goals are implemented.
  • Maintaining necessary documentation to support student/programming needs. 
  • Assisting with in-class work completion and assignments as directed by the teacher.
  • Acting as a liaison between mainstream teacher, special education teacher, and student.
  • Notifying teacher/case manager and the Special Education Department Chair of pertinent issues and problems.
  • Assisting with daily student/classroom activities, as well as supervising students before classes and during transitions.
  • Assisting students with hygiene routines (i.e. hand washing, buttons, zippers, changing clothes and bathroom routines)
  • Transporting students to training sites off campus and operating as a job coach
  • Supporting the Special Education Department as assigned by the Special Education Department Chair.


Educational Technicians are appointed by the administration for a one-year term of service, the extension of which is determined annually.  



  • Previous experience working with adolescents in an educational setting
  • The following credentials that are current, valid and maintained:
    • Educational Technician III authorization from the State of Maine
    • CHRC with fingerprinting
    • Maine driver’s license


Note:  Although this post addresses upper school (grades 9-12) needs, ed tech positions are often open at both the middle and upper schools; a single application will qualify a candidate for consideration for all open ed tech positions.  Candidates should indicate if they wish to be considered for one level exclusively.


To apply, please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume
  • Completed application form (available for download)
  • Copy of Ed Tech certificate and CHRC
  • List of three professional references with contact information (references will not be called without candidate’s prior knowledge)


All materials should be submitted electronically to  Please put “Candidate: Ed Tech III” in the Subject line.


Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.


The Thornton Academy Board of Trustees has adopted a non-discrimination policy.  Thornton Academy considers all applicants without regard to race, age, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital, veteran, or any other legally protected status. 


Thornton Academy Employment Application Forms

Please note: A completed application form is not required until the interview phase of the employment process.

Thornton Academy
438 Main Street Saco 04072 20854
(207) 282-3361
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