Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Assistant (PT)
COMPENSATION: $14.29/hour - $14.71/hour (depending on experience) plus benefits. *Please note that the hourly rate of pay is inclusive of the mandatory 4.5% retirement contribution to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the Oswego Education Support Professionals Association (OESPA).
- Valid Illinois Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional or Professional Educator License or Substitute Teacher License.
- Appropriate verbal and written language skills
- Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
- Effective interpersonal skills
- Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job
- Ability to use basic job-related equipment
- Ability to understand students’ disabilities and apply this understanding to the responsibilities of the job
- Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and assist in lifting up to 50 lbs
- Experience working with students with special needs preferred
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Special Education Teacher Assistant supports students with disabilities from ages 3-21. Under the direction of a licensed special education teacher, the teacher assistant supports the goals of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) by modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; following educational and specific behavioral plans; modeling appropriate behaviors and interactions with students and staff; and assisting students by providing for special health care needs.Employees in this classification will receive a variety of assignments including classroom support, lunchroom, playground, vocational and work sites, etc.
- Assists students with disabilities with academic, behavioral, social and functional growth and development.
- Maintains confidentiality regarding all aspects of work with students with disabilities and other staff.
- Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials.
- Implements instructional programs and lesson plans (e.g. reading, math, language comprehension, writing, computer, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing learning concepts.
- Promotes independence of students with disabilities.
- Documents students’ daily activities (e.g. behavior, completed assignments, on/off task times, etc.).
- Monitors individual and/or groups of students with disabilities in a variety of settings (e.g. classrooms, restrooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus-loading zones, cafeteria, assemblies, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
- Provides specialized handling or care of students (e.g. toileting, diapering, feeding).
- Communicates and collaborates with teachers and other relevant personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
- Maintains classroom equipment and work area for the purpose of ensuring a safe and clean learning environment.
- Participates in all meetings, and professional development activities as assigned by the building or district administrator.
- Supports and implements District policies and procedures, regulations, and administrative directives.
- Adheres to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education.
- Performs other related duties as may be directed by the building or district administrator.