JobID 4073 : Teacher Assistant III Deaf Education- Regional Day School Pool Posting 2020-2021 School Year (#2031108)
Teacher Assistant III Deaf Education
2020-2021 School Year
Waverly Park Elementary School
Pay Grade: 203
Salary Range:$22,829 - $28,047
Duty Days: 183
Provides instructional assistance to students under the direct supervision of a certified professional; efforts center on the education of children who are deaf or have auditory impairment (hard of hearing); assists teachers in the in preparing, conducting, and managing of classroom activities; assists students to maximize mastery of essential understandings. Translates spoken material into sign language for an understanding of the hearing-impaired and/or interprets sign language of the hearing-impaired into oral or written language for individuals or others not conversant in sign language.
Essential Job Functions
Sign Language Proficiency
- Uses American Sign Language (ASL) to sign and/or voice lectures and discussions, while capturing an average of 70% of the important points conveyed in classes and meetings.
- Interprets information clearly, through sign, gestures and/or voice, for staff and students during classroom lectures, school related programs, assemblies, and Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee meetings using recognized sign language systems, gestures, or pictures.
- Provides reverse (voice) information for staff and students during classroom lectures, school related programs, assemblies, and ARD Committee meetings.
- Maintains contact with classroom teachers to ensure accurate delivery of vocabulary concepts and information signed, gestured, or presented pictorially.
- Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, science, computer instruction, and other skills.
- Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.
- Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.
- Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement of Individual Education Plans (IEP) objectives, and so forth.
- Participates in IEP process and serves as resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed.
- Assists students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living, and helps students achieve their maximum potential to participate in school or learning activities.
- Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs.
- Assists with classroom behavioral management to prevent and address disruptions, to ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and to ensure students are on task.
- Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, study hall, and other related non-instructional areas.
- Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision.
- Constructs, distributes, copies and uses educational materials as needed.
- Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.
- Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.
- Assists teacher with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.
- All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
- Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
- Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
- Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork. Responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
- Performs all job related duties as assigned and in accordance to the Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
- Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
- Knowledge of instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics.
- Knowledge of developmentally appropriate social, emotional, cognitive, and communication skills for children.
- Knowledge of District policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Knowledge of classroom techniques and professional etiquette.
- Skilled proficiency in ASL and English language in communication and interpretation between the hearing-impaired and the non-hearing impaired.
- Skill in using ASL to sign and/or voice lectures and discussions, while capturing an average of 70% of the important points conveyed in classes and meetings.
- Skill in understanding the preferred form of communication for a person with deafness.
- Skill in interpersonal relationships, including using tact, patience, and courtesy.
- Skill in communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Skill in troubleshooting basic hardware and software issues to support campus instructional staff with the integration of technology.
- Ability to be mobile and have own transportation.
- Ability to troubleshoot non-working hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- Ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
- Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, educational, and/or intellectual disabilities.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
- Ability to establish supportive and compassionate relationships with students with special needs.
- Ability to monitor and correct student mistakes.
- Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations with professional composure.
- Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
- Ability to operate computer and use software to create spreadsheets, and do word processing, as well as operate Promethean Board, and applicable software applications.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals
- Posture: Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
- Motion: Frequent repetitive hand motions; frequent keyboarding and use of mouse
- Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
- Environment: Work is performed in an office setting; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours
- Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
- Mental Demands: Maintain emotional control under stress; work with frequent interruptions
Minimum Required Qualifications
- Education: Accredited High School diploma, GED, or Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency required; see Highly Qualified section below for additional requirements.
- Experience: A. OR B. below:
- 3 years’ FWISD-approved experience working with students or parents as a TA I, or TA II,
- Both a. AND b. below:
- 2 years’ FWISD-approved experience working with students or parents as a TA III, AND
- 30 or more college hours from an accredited college or university with emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas.
- Highly Qualified: A. AND B. below (additional FWISD standards to comply with Title I, Part A).
- Must have satisfied one of the following requirements:
- Associate’s degree or higher from accredited college or university, OR
- 48 or more college hours from accredited college or university, OR
- Pass the ParaEducator Training with a score of 75 or better.
- Obtain an Educational Aide III Certificate.
- Language: Proficient ASL sign communicator.
This is a grant-funded position
This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.
Note: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job responsibilities.