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Paraprofessional Educator

Prince George's County Public Schools-1
Adelphi, MD, US
Closing date
Aug 6, 2021

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Support Staff, Paraprofessional
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Job Title:
Paraprofessional Educator (10-Month)

Adelphi, MD, US

Organization Name:
Mary Harris "Mother Jones" Elementary School

Department Description:


Under general supervision, the Paraprofessional Educator provides the classroom teacher with assistance in providing for the physical and instructional needs of special education students. This population may include students with one or more of the following disabilities: mental retardation, deaf or hard of hearing, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, health impaired (e.g., ADHD, medically fragile, compromised immune system), specific learning disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, or deaf-blindness.

Brief Description:

This is an ACE-AFSCME, Local 2250, Table 100, 10-Month Position

Hourly Rate: $13.09 - $38.23 (external applicants may not be placed above Step 6 due to contractual requirements)

CLOSING DATE: August 5, 2021

Detailed Description:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Monitors arrival and dismissal of students assuring that they get to correct classrooms;
  • Performs tasks such as taking attendance, bus duty, lunch duty, recess duty, upkeep of bulletin boards and checking homework and forms going home;
  • Keeps data, point sheets, and anecdotal records of students' behavior and performance;
  • Assists students at lunch to assure that they eat properly and clean up afterwards (this may include feeding the student);
  • Assists students with personal care needs in the bathroom, when they are ill or physically uncomfortable; and with physical need such as lifting, positioning in various equipment, adjusting and pushing wheelchairs;
  • Assists teacher and students with audiovisual equipment;
  • Assists students with their assistive technology and communication devices, both low and high tech, including basic sign language;
  • Reinforces the pre academic, academic and functional academic subjects and functional skills being taught; assists in the preparation of instructional materials, e.g. copying, cutting out, laminating; may assist with classroom coverage when necessary;
  • Accompanies students to classes such as motor development and music to assist the teacher as needed;
  • Accompanies students to special classes such as homeroom, PE, music, art, electives or assemblies to facilitate inclusion;
  • Works with students, teachers, and other professional personnel in carrying out the various special education programs at early childhood, elementary and secondary levels; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Job Requirements:


    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the field of child development with specific application to the area of special education and related services;
  • Working knowledge of academic and functional instruction as defined by the school's population;
  • Considerable patience and awareness of the different disabilities of students in assigned location;
  • Ability to assist students with personal care/hygiene needs such as diapering, toilet training, handling clothing fasteners, bath rooming adolescents and young adults, and feeding students;
  • Ability to physically assist students, such as lifting, transferring, and other activities required to care for students with physical disabilities;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with and provide a broad range of assistance to the instructional staff;
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn computer skills; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively between students and general education teachers.


    At least two (2) years of volunteer or paid experience working with children.

    Must meet the requirements for the designation of being a Highly Qualified paraprofessional and met the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 by:
  • Obtaining an Associate's Degree or higher or
  • Obtaining a minimum of 48 earned college credits or
  • A passing score of 455 on the Paraprofessional Praxis exam.


    None required.


    No direct supervisory responsibilities.


    The physical demands 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, the employee is frequently required to stand, talk, hear, walk, sit, and use fingers, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, the ability to adjust focus, and depth perception. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 25 lbs.


    The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

    Additional Details:

    Direct Deposit is expected as a condition of new hire employment.

    Based on the settlement agreement reached in Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor v. Prince George's County Board of Education, OALJ Case No. 2011-LCA-00026, PGCPS is ineligible to sponsor foreign nationals for U.S. employment under any temporary or permanent visa program. As a condition of employment, all applicants for employment must be qualified to work in the United States without sponsorship by PGCPS. If you are not work-authorized and would require PGCPS to sponsor you for a work visa you will not be considered for employment

    How To Apply:


    To submit an application online select apply.

    Please complete ALL sections and provide applicable details to ensure full consideration. If you need assistance with submitting your application online, please contact the Employee Support Services at 301-780-2191.

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