Educational Assistant

Employer
Hamilton County Department of Education
Location
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Salary
Competitive

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Overview

Hamilton County Schools, located in Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improved school district in the state of Tennessee. Our mission is to create pathways to bright futures for all students in our community by helping to equip them with the skills, knowledge and supports required to realize their full potential.

We do this by focusing on five action areas in our strategic plan, Future Ready 2023:
  • Accelerating Student Achievement
  • Future Ready Students
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Engaged Community
  • Efficient and Effective Operations

We are committed to excellence for every student and are seeking outstanding school support and district-wide staff who desire to make a difference in the lives of students. For classified employees who are interested in becoming teachers, we also offer our "Grow Your Own" program, with pathways to becoming a certified teacher. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

The Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences is a "Paideia" themed magnet school that serves grades K-12, with our lower school comprised of grades K-5. We value family involvement and ongoing teacher learning and collaboration. To that end, our teacher teams write their own thematic units which are based on state-standards and are integrated with the arts. We encourage our teachers to take advantage of PD opportunities which are differentiated and specific. In 2019, we were designated as a Reward School by the state of Tennessee.

We are looking for teachers who are passionate about their students, have a strong work ethic, and are eager to contribute to a team. As a teacher at CSAS, you will work hard but the work is rewarding.

The educational assistant is charged with the following: 1) Providing academic assistance and support for individual and/or small groups of students as directed by and under the supervision of a licensed teacher; 2) Assisting the teacher by providing home language assistance in general subject area tutorial; and 3) Assisting the teacher with establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning academic and behavioral progress of assigned students;

Responsibilities

  • Assists teachers in classroom or other educational settings; oversees, monitors, or conducts classes during the temporary absence of teachers; assists teachers in setting up and conducting various class activities and projects; works with and assists students during class activities and projects; prepares instructional materials for classroom use; copies materials for use by teachers; sets up and assists with classroom technology; assists in administering and grading tests; assists in evaluating student performance and skill levels; creates bulletin boards, displays, or wall decorations; and assists with cleanup activities.
  • Provides tutoring or one-on-one assistance to students in basic educational skills; assists students with word study, spelling, sentence writing, reading, math, science, physical education, or other areas; utilizes instructional programs; assists with development of lesson plans.
  • Monitors students in cafeteria, auditorium, halls, bus zones, or other common areas; organizes groups of students upon arrival/departure; seats students in appropriate areas; assists in cleaning tables or spills; chaperones students on field trips occurring during the regular school day only.
  • Monitors behavior/activities of students and initiates disciplinary action per prescribed policies under the teacher's direction.
  • Follows established procedures for ensuring students are safe.
  • Performs clerical tasks in support of teaching activities, office operations, and/or other school functions.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, school officials, teachers, students, parents, vendors, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Attends staff meetings, parent meetings, IEP-Team meetings, or other meetings as required.
  • Follows established procedures for ensuring assigned areas are safe.
  • Works collaboratively with supervisor, administrators, employees, students, and other stakeholders.
  • Attends work regularly and arrives to work in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics as defined by Tennessee Law.
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Knowledge/Education/Experience:
  • High school diploma or GED required; basic technology skills required; general office/clerical experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must possess one of the following before reporting to work: (1) 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours; (2) An Associate's degree or higher; (3) passing score on PRAXIS for Parapro Exam.
  • One year of experience working with children preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish required for educational assistant in ESOL program.

Skills/Qualifications:
  • Ability to learn and implement a variety of teaching strategies.
  • Demonstrate proficient verbal and written communication skills.


Compensation:

Salary is based on a combination of relevant education and experience.

Minimum Salary - Grade 6

Salary Scale

Company

Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is hiring, supporting, and retaining outstanding top teaching talent. We are the fastest improved district in Tennessee and have a goal to become the best. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Why Join our Team?  

New Teacher Support: With our progressive three-year induction program for new teachers, you will have the following supports: 

  • New Teacher Academy 
  • First Year Mentor & Supportive Professional Development 
  • Whole-Teacher/Well-Teacher (wellness & mindfulness training) 

Leadership Opportunities: Grow your career with Hamilton County Schools, no matter your professional goals: 

  • Train to become a mentor teacher or professional development presenter
  • Obtain your National Board Certification and get a $4,000 salary increase 
  • Apply for leadership pipeline programs for instructional coaching or administration 
  • Be a part of innovative programs that are unique to Hamilton County like Teacherpreneur and STEM Fellows
  • Travel the world as a Fund for Teachers recipient

Experience all Chattanooga has to offer:

  • Chattanooga has a metro area of 500,000 people - not too big and not too small - and under two hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham
  • Award-winning city for outdoor activities, music, art and culture
  • 25 + local music, art, and food festivals every year

We are seeking teaching candidates who are:

  • Committed to high academic achievement and high expectations for all students
  • Able to be a positive team-player and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, students, and families
  • Open to being coached and receiving feedback in order to advance learning and growth for students
  • Experienced in high-need or Title-I School settings. Experience with English Language Learners is a plus.
  • Professionals with high personal standards and integrity

Compensation & Total Rewards 

  • Competitive salary range commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes multiple health insurance options, vision, dental reimbursement, short and long-term disability, life insurance, on-site clinics, and a wellness program 
  • Childcare for Hamilton County teachers available in multiple schools 
  • Competitive retirement plans through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, including a hybrid 401k and pension plan. In 2018, TCRS was ranked in the top four best funded State Pension plans by the Pew Charitable Trust. 

About Hamilton County Schools

 Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improving district in the state of Tennessee. We believe in success for all students and are dedicated to helping all students succeed to their highest potential.  With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Who we serve: Hamilton County Schools serves over 42,000 students across our diverse county in urban, rural and suburban communities. Our families speak 125 languages and approximately 8.5% of our students are English language learners.

Our results: The state of Tennessee has recognized Hamilton County as an “Advancing” school district.

A few of our recent achievements include:

  • #2 out of 146 districts in the state of Tennessee for student growth and a Level 5 district for 2018-2019
  • 45 Level 5 schools and 32 reward schools
  • 16 Volkswagen E-Labs - the highest concentration of fabrication labs of any district in the US or abroad
  • Milken Award winning teacher; State Principal of the Year (2017)
  • 13 High Schools with over 18 Future Ready Institutes
Find Us
Website
Telephone
4234987048
Location
3074 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooga
TN
37421
US

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