Teacher Assistant - Oak Meadow Elementary
Family Service Association
The Teacher Assistant (including substitutes) assists the Head Start teacher to deliver the classroom curriculum in accordance with Head Start regulations, licensing, and guidelines as well as agency standards. Ensure classroom is one in which children are aware of expectations, provided with rules and maintain consistency, building a positive relationship with students which focuses on positive communication, appropriate physical proximity, respect and positive discipline and guidance.
1. Reports to: Head Start Teacher, Education Center Coordinator or as designated by the Director.
2. Directs: Classroom instruction and volunteers.
3. Other: Work cooperatively with Head Start staff to achieve the agencys mission, goals, objectives,and performance measures.
Essential Functions: In Coordination with the Head Start Teacher:
- Assist with the development and implementation of lesson plans in accordance with Head Start Program Guidelines that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles and conduct on-going assessments of student achievement and communicate parent concerns.
- Assist with the planning and utilization of appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities and materials that reflect understanding of the developmental needs of young children.
- Work cooperatively with Special Education staff to modify curricula as needed for special education students according to guidelines established in Individual Education Plans.
- Assist with the creation of classroom environments conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social and emotional development of young children.
- Communicate frequently with parents regarding their childs instruction and assessment and engage parents in their childs education.
- Consult with supervisor to ensure that classroom instruction is delivered in accordance with Head Start regulations and agency standards.
- Attend agency, program and Head Start staff meetings as required.
- Maintain good relationships with stakeholders (including current and potential Head Start children and their families, community and co-workers), focusing on providing excellent and culturally sensitive customer service and always presenting a positive image of the agency.
- Maintain a working environment which encourages mutual respect, promotes respectful and congenial relationships between employees and is free from all forms of harassment.
- Perform other duties as assigned, including presentations to community groups and organizations, in accordance with the agency's "team" philosophy.
- Work with individuals, parents and families with children of varying ages and developmental levels.
- Create an environment for service participants that promote a positive learning experience
- Understand and communicate information regarding agency services and community resources for those Head Start children and their families with multiple needs.
- Will follow all directives given by supervisors in accordance with Head Start, Family Service and Licensing guidelines.
To perform this job satisfactorily, an individual must be able to perform each essential performance requirement satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the training, experience, knowledge, and skills required for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions listed above.
Education/Training and Experience
Knowledge and Skills
- Current Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential is desirable.(Preferred: credential that exceeds a Child Development Associate (i.e. Associate or one year Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education)
- Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification.
- Successful completion of Food Handler training course.
- Previous classroom experience.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:
- Understands cultural differences and is sensitive to the implications of culture for service delivery.
- Able to utilize various learning techniques in the successful delivery of curricula.
- Maintain certifications.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) desirable.
- Certificate or license, as applicable, by the appropriate State agency as a qualified practitioner.
- State of Texas vehicle operators license and proof of liability insurance.
- 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.
- While performing the duties of this job, you must be able to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk and hear, and taste or smell.
- You must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, have close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust your focus with good hand-eye coordination.
- Transport program and educational learning materials to various locations to include in-home and community sites.
- All prospective employees are required to provide a minimum of three professional references.
- All prospective employees are subject to a criminal background check.
- All prospective employees are required to present a copy of degree certificate(s) and/or proof of licensure(s).
- All prospective employees will be tested for the presence of illegal and controlled substances. Failure to pass a test will render the applicant ineligible for hiring by Family Service for a period of one year.
TIMES WORK WILL BE PERFORMED:
- Current employees are subject to an annual criminal background check, generally in August/September. Continued employment is conditional upon satisfactory results of the background check.
- Current employees will be subject to interim criminal background checks in the event they are assigned to a contract or project for which a current background check is required by a contractual obligation. Continued employment is conditional upon satisfactory results of the background check.
- Current employees will be subject to interim testing for the presence of illegal and controlled substances in the event of a work-related injury and when they are assigned to a contract or project for which a current illegal and controlled substance test is required. Continued employment is conditional upon satisfactory results of the illegal and controlled substance test.
The agency's hours of operation are extended and non-traditional, and may vary based on office location and/or stakeholder requirements. Employees are asked to work the schedule that is best suited to the achievement of deliverables and stakeholder requirements based on the agency's posted business hours, or as required by stakeholder and contractual requirements. Employees who work in a non-exempt position will be compensated at their regular rate of pay for the first forty (40) hours of work performed in a workweek. They will be paid one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) in a workweek. Employees in non-exempt positions are expected to work any required overtime, which must be approved in advance by their immediate supervisor and they may not accrue compensatory time off in lieu of payment for overtime.
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