Teacher Assistant
Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Chicago, IL

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Teacher Assistant works within a classroom giving assistance to the teacher for the improvement of classroom performance of individual students; assists the education staff in maintaining student behavior in the school area by utilization of verbal and physical intervention techniques in line with Agency policy of students weighing a minimum of 50 lbs. The use of intervention skills requires frequent kneeling and return to standing position without assistance. Includes ability to visually observe/hear classroom disruptions and outbursts.

  • Assist with activity planning for students, both in class and for activity time.
  • Assist in maintaining classroom control through the point system and personal interaction.
  • Work with students on an individual or group basis as designated by the teacher and/or supervisor.
  • Use special education techniques to monitor and control all aspects of student movement, such as hall, classes, nurse, lunchroom, gym, recreation and other areas.
  • Settles classroom and individual behavior problems as required, applying approved intervention methods.
  • Provides documentation for student incidents and provides input for student behavior planning.
  • Assists with program needs such as room setup, repairs, book sorting, office routine, Agency driving.
  • Attends study groups and in-service functions for professional growth.
  • Monitors detention hall as assigned.
  • Responsible for physical management of students requiring additional control as described in Agency policy on use of physical restraint.
  • May be required to transport students on field trips, between agency facilities, etc. in agency vehicle/van.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement
activities as assigned.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients and staff in a culturally diverse environment.
  • High School Diploma with specialized training in behavior management and a minimum of two years experience.
  • Must have a valid Illinois drivers license which has not been suspended or revoked in the last three (3) years.
  • Ability to pass background clearance and drug screen.
  • Ability to work with students/staff of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to intervene verbally and physically with students. Physical intervention requires the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance.
  • Exposure to student behavior problems that may include physical acting out and requires safe physical management skills
  • Exposure to students with complex mental health issues and/or disorders
  • Exposure to youths with various states of cleanliness and hygiene
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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