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Teacher Assistant ESOL

School District of Desoto County
Arcadia, FL, US

Job Details

Position Type:
School Support Staff

Date Posted:

DeSoto County Middle School




    High school diploma or equivalent.

    Must meet one of the following:
    1. Two (2) years of study at an institution of higher education (equivalent to a minimum of 60 credit hours); or

      Associate's or higher degree; or

      Knowledge and ability to assist in instruction in core subjects as verified by a rigorous state or local assessment (ParaPro).

    Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening.


Knowledge of school procedures and policies. Ability to adapt to different situations and schedules. Knowledge of the techniques and procedures used in working with targeted student population. Ability to relate and communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to plan and/or implement instructional activities. Ability to operate or learn to operate a variety of technology and equipment. Ability to perform clerical responsibilities. Ability to cooperate and work as a member of a team. Physical ability to lift student if required by job assignment.


Principal or designee


To provide instructional and technical assistance to meet the specialized needs of students.




    Assist the teacher(s) in preparing materials, teaching aids, bulletin boards and equipment for direct instructional activity, including locating, copying, collating, distributing, and/or grouping materials supporting instructional activities planned by the teacher.

    Schedule space for specialized instructional programs and coordinate the arrangement of equipment, desks, tables, chairs and activity areas.

    Examine short- and long-term unit plans prepared by the teacher and anticipate the need for specific supplies and materials.

    Assist the teacher in preparing for changing curriculum to meet the needs of students with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs.

    Confer with teacher on progress of students.

    Serve as substitute teacher when necessary

    Use time efficiently.

    Provide student supervision before, during, and after school while they are loading, riding, and unloading buses, on the playground, in the cafeteria, in a learning or practice situation, following appropriate training, as assigned.

    Assist in maintaining the security of records, materials, and equipment.

    Assist the teacher in the enforcement of classroom rules and the maintenance of appropriate records.

    Maintain a clean and orderly environment for students.

    Check objective tests and mark errors but not assign a grade.

    Escort or transport students to and from classrooms, clinic, cafeteria as required.

    Assist in assessing student progress as directed, including proctoring the administration of tests, marking papers, and maintaining confidential records.

    Assist in evaluating program effectiveness; seek and suggest ways of continuous improvement.

    Assist, as assigned, in the collection of assessment data from a variety of sources and in compiling and organizing data for review by the teacher.

    Assist the teacher in completing requirements for grade reporting, scheduling conferences, and recording results.

Intervention/Direct Services
    Provide instructional assistance as planned or coordinated by the teacher or administrator.

    Lead small group activity, following appropriate training, planned by the teacher in an atmosphere where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.

    Use classroom management techniques conducive to an effective classroom environment.

    Perform assigned clerical and bookkeeping duties.

    Assist students with personal hygiene, health and safety issues, or grooming if required.

    Work closely with teacher(s) or other professionals to create a quality instructional environment.

    Meet and deal effectively with staff members, students, parents, administrators, and other contact persons using tact and good judgment.

    Exercise service orientation when working with others.

    Exhibit interpersonal skills to work as an effective team member.

Staff Development
    Maintain expertise in assigned area to fulfill position goals and objectives.

    Participate successfully in the training programs offered to increase skill and proficiency related to assignment.

Professional Responsibilities
    Demonstrate initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

    Follow attendance, punctuality and other qualities of an appropriate work ethic.

    Ensure adherence to good safety standards.

    Model and maintain high ethical standards.

    Keep supervisor informed of potential problems or unusual events.

    Use effective, positive interpersonal communication skills.

    Respond to inquiries and concerns in a timely manner.

    Serve on school/district committees as required or appropriate.

    Follow federal and state laws as well as School Board policies, rules and regulations.

    Demonstrate support for the school district and its goals and priorities.

    Prepare or assist in the preparation of all required reports and maintain all appropriate records.

    Demonstrate initiative in identifying potential problems or opportunities for improvement.

    Maintain confidentiality regarding student information and school/workplace matters.

    Participate in cross-training activities as required.

Perform other tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.

*Essential Performance Responsibilities


Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force as needed to move objects.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the district's approved compensation plan.

Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by the district.


Compensation for this position is Pay Lane A03


Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on evaluation of personnel.

Board Approved:
June 27, 2023

Application Procedure:


About The School District of DeSoto County 

Nestled in a small agricultural community, the School District of DeSoto County is located 40 miles to the east of Sarasota, FL and includes three elementary schools (Memorial Elementary, West Elementary, and Nocatee Elementary), one middle school (DeSoto Middle), and one high school (DeSoto County High School).  


Philosophy of Education 

The central purpose of the School District of DeSoto County is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be productive adults in our global society. We are dedicated to educating students to be ready for college, career, and life with 21st-century skills in communication, collaboration, problem solving, and citizenship. Through nurturing classroom communities and a robust curriculum in the humanities, sciences, and fine arts, we empower students to fulfill their dreams. We aim to promote inquiry, discovery, creativity, and curiosity while differentiating instruction to meet the individualized needs and interests of our students. We value a strong partnership with our parents, educators, support staff, students, and community as we prepare our students for the future.


Vision, Mission, and Values

DeSoto County Schools have a mission to deliver a safe and secure learning environment, optimize communication and strengthen inclusivity, guarantee students have equitable access to rigorous and engaging instruction, and to shape minds to build a strong socio-emotional foundation for responsible citizenship. This mission partners, students, parents, and the community to build well-rounded learners and prepare them for life after their school years. The mission partners well with the vision of the district, The DeSoto Way, which is building minds leveraging all available resources to ensure every graduate is ready for college, career, and life. Together, the mission and vision illustrate DeSoto’s values of hard work, perseverance, and tenacity to help all learners succeed and reach their full potential. The mission and vision statements were both revised and updated in 2021.

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