Paraprofessional / Teacher Assistant
Ben Hill County School System
The applicant must meet one of the following qualifications:
- Hold an associate’s degree or higher in any subject from a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution
- Have completed 2 years (60 semester hours) of college coursework at a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution
- Hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be able to pass the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment Note: To obtain a Paraprofessional license, you must first seek employment with a Georgia school, which will require a criminal record check. Your paraprofessional certification application package will be submitted to GaPSC by the school system when you are hired.
- Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member, to assist certified professional staff with students in the classroom to meet instructional goals and objectives.
Essential Job Functions
- Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, and other skills.
- Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.
- Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom activities, tests, and assessments.
- Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.
- Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.
- Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and 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/or other related non-instructional areas, as needed.
- Constructs, copies, and distribute and use educational materials as needed.
- Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement of IEP objectives, etc. if applicable.
- When necessary, assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability 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.
- Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed.
- Perform any other related duties as assigned.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility, and may vary by location.
- Use office and classroom equipment, such as computers, iPads, laptops, printers, and copiers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.
- Ability to understand, apply and use computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
- Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
- Effective writing and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work in an office and classroom environment, as well as outdoors during outdoor student activities.
Qualifications- A combination of education and experience providing the required skills and knowledge for successful performance.