Below is the job description for a teacher assistant. In order to be considered for this position you must successfully pass the District's teacher assistant test. The test is given once a month, on the Monday following the regular scheduled board meeting. In order to sign up to take the test please contact the receptionist at 601-445-2800. You must have completed 48 college semester hours and have an official sealed copy of your transcript the morning of the exam.
Under direct supervision, the purpose of the position is to provide staff support in an educational or child care environment, performing paraprofessional work in assisting teachers and students. Employees in this classification work with children individually or in small groups by providing basic instruction in reading, writing, math, spelling, art, or other education-related activities. Position is responsible for leading and supervising a variety of developmentally appropriate activities, as directed by assigned teacher (s). MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diplomas or GED preferred; forty-eight hours of college work or successful completion of ACTS work keys; with demonstrated basic mathematical and reading skills, ability to fulfill the dexterity and physical requirements of the work, and effectively attend to the needs of school age children; previous vocational training or work experience in a licensed child care environment preferred. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Monitors activities and behavior of children during and in the absence of classroom teachers to ensure the physical and environmental safe keeping of students, as well as adherence to appropriate conduct and disciplinary controls.
- Assist teachers in the supervision of learning activities, circulating within the classroom and providing assistance and learning support to students.
- Provides instruction to students as prescribed by the supervising teacher and reinforces skills introduced by the teacher; may utilize games, stories, other constructive activities to enhance students’ learning skills.
- Assists teachers in checking and objectively evaluating students’ work; teaches students individually and in small groups reinforcing skills based upon instructional guidelines.
- Assists in managing student behavior and maintaining classroom order; reinforces rules of the school and classroom; escorts students to time out and/or the principal’s office.
- Assists in the preparation of lesson plans and teachers’ pre-planning sessions; provides input and assistance in the development of classroom activities and learning tools.
- Assists in the diagnosing student math and communication skills; monitors students’ progressive learning skills; makes teacher aware of students learning deficiencies; documents records of learning activities and diagnosis.
- Prepares or assists in the preparation of instructional materials; performs support tasks such as copying materials, laminating items, typing correspondence, and filing paperwork and documentation.
- Coordinates with media center staff for classroom learning resources; sets up equipment in classroom for teachers’ instructional studies. Assists in preparing classroom bulletin boards, classroom decorations, displays of student activities, and other classroom projects.
- Prepares instructional reports and completes required forms, schedules, and other data as required; maintains attendance records and assigns student seating; learns assigned bus route(s).
- Maintains accurate and complete records of a variety of student information which may require the use of a computer terminal to enter student scores and other student data.
- May be assigned monitoring duties; i.e., hallways, lunchroom, restrooms, and bus duty; ensures appropriate student conduct during these periods; escorts students to designated activity areas, i.e., music room, computer room, art classes, assemblies, etc.
- May be assigned to various labs providing assistance to teachers and instruction/information to students; may translate lesson plan and other information to students for better understanding and comprehension.
- Performs other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
NOTE: This job description is a summary of primary duties and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities. The Natchez-Adams School District School Board reserves the right to change this description at its discretion. ADA COMPLIANCE:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
Sensory Requirements: Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communication ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
Environmental Factors: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Duties are performed indoors and occasionally outside.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
The Natchez-Adams School District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.