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Teacher Assistant/SPED

Madison County Schools
Ridgeland, MS, US
Position Type:
Support Staff/Special Education Assistant/Paraprofessional

Date Posted:

Germantown High School

Date Available:

Closing Date:


Job Title: SPED Assistant Teacher

Reports To: Classroom Teacher/Building Principal

FLSA Status: Non- Exempt


The job of the Special Education Teaching Assistant was established for the purpose(s) of working with individual and/or small groups of students under the supervision of a certificated teacher in the supervision and instruction of students; assisting students by modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; following educational and specific behavioral plans; modeling appropriate behaviors and interactions with students and staff; and assisting student by providing for special health care needs. Employees in this classification will receive a variety of assignments including classroom support, lunchroom, playground, etc.

  • Ability to operate a computer and related software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Use of computers, PC and Mac.

  • Works cooperatively with all staff.
  • Works within the framework of the Madison County School District as set forth in the line organizational chart.
  • Models good reading, writing, and speaking skills for students.
  • Works directly with students reinforcing skills taught by the teacher in basic language, mathematics, reading and social skills.
  • Monitors written assignments as students' work. When misunderstanding of an assignment is detected, immediate-re-teaching/reinforcing shall be provided.
  • Works with a large group when reading to the group and/or playing vocabulary games.
  • Works with individual or small groups to reinforce basic language, reading, mathematics, and social skills.
  • Assists the classroom teacher on the playground in teaching and coaching physical activities that strengthen large motor skills.
  • Follows daily schedule as outlined by the lead teacher, assistant principal or principal.
  • Assists in preparing material (e.g., chart posters, board work, and correcting work), assists in displaying students' work, and distributes and collect paper.
  • Supervises independent student study.
  • Attends and participates in professional development activities.
  • Follows directions of the principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher.
  • Assists the classroom teacher with resources files, student unit, and learning centers.
  • Accompany small groups of students to and from various locations within the school.
  • Assists the lead teacher in the instructional planning process.
  • Serves as a proctor among students at any time (such as classroom management, recess duty, testing, etc.) under the direct and immediate supervision of a certified teacher.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Assists the assigned staff member(s) in all aspects of daily programming including, but not necessarily
  • limited to: social, academic, behavioral and self-help growth and development
  • Assists in the direct supervision of children in the assigned program as directed by the teacher or
  • administrator (e.g. bus loading, classroom assignments, lunch, recess, etc.)
  • Demonstrates understanding of students' disabilities; keeps firm hand and is courteous and fair
  • Loads/unloads wheelchair bound students on bus, and/or waits with students for transportation
  • Participates in physical activities which are part of the students' basic program
  • Assists students in the restroom as necessary, and may have to change diapers
  • Demonstrates flexibility in schedule and activities throughout the day
  • Demonstrates cooperation, openness for growth and willingness to contribute in a team approach
  • Communicates, collaborates, and cooperates with colleagues, supervisors, and students
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding all aspects of his/her work with special education children and other staff
  • Participates in all meetings, training programs, and in-service sessions as assigned by the building or district administrator
  • Performs such other duties as may be directed by the building or district administrator

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. 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 regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit; use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 55 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is a standard office setting and school/classroom combined with a server room. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate and occasionally high.

Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions, or working conditions associated with the job. The job description is not a contract or employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The school district may add to, modify, or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

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