Job Specifications: (Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required)
The Teacher Assistant assists the Teacher/LTA/Para in ensuring all students are achieving at high levels academically, socially, and emotionally. The Teacher Assistant must believe all children can learn. They must also have a strong understanding of evidence-based age-appropriate curriculum and instructional and classroom management strategies, enthusiasm for innovative practices, willingness to participate as a collaborative member of a multi-disciplinary team, and possess the ability to adapt activities in order to incorporate the diverse strengths of students. In addition, the Teacher Assistant must model lifelong learning by engaging in on-going individual professional development and should have a knowledge/passion for integrating arts and technology into instruction and using project based learning to engage all students.
Job Responsibilities: 1.Perform lead teacher assistant duties in absence of the lead teacher assistant, including, but not limited to following lesson plans, and leading other staff in the classroom. 2.Implementing lesson plans pursuant to teacher/LTA directions. 3.Implementing individual goals and objectives pursuant to teacher/LTA directions. 4.Set up camp and extended day classroom consistent with developmentally appropriate practices for specific age levels. 5.Utilize and ensure consistent implementation of behavior techniques and classroom management techniques. 6.Assist in implementing individual behavior plans as needed. 7.Assist in planning and developing instructional materials and equipment, including enrichment materials for each unit, so that maximum use may be made of resources. 8.Ensure and provide basic care giving duties (utilizing universal health and safety precautions) for children, including, but not limited to changing diapers, feeding children, and cleaning children’s hands, faces, etc. 9.Ensure and carry out daily/weekly housekeeping chores for the classrooms, including, but not limited to sweeping floors after meals and activities, wiping tables and counters, cleaning changing tables, placing trash in appropriate containers, and washing, sterilizing and putting away equipment (toys, laundry and dishes). 10.Assist in the communication with therapists and other special service agencies, and incorporate therapy and other special requirements into class activities. 11.Maintain positive staff and parent interactions. 12.Ensure Teacher and/or LTA are informed of all parent and staff concerns and complaints. 13.Ensure concerns with individual students are brought to the attention of the Teacher and/or LTA. 14.Participate in required number of meetings with classroom team, including therapists, lead teacher assistants and teacher. 15.Assist with tracking student progress of individual goals. 16.Assist in ensuring that parents sign in and out each day. 17.Ensure compliance with requirements and guidelines set forth by UCP, HIPPA, NAEYC, Department of Education, 4C, Department of Children and Families, and other State and Federal agencies.
Perform other duties as assigned