Teacher Assistant I – Pre-Kindergarten (Pool)
Reports to: Assigned Classroom Teacher
Pay Grade: 601
Salary Range: $21,960 - $30,949
Duty Days: 183
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Under direct supervision of a certified teacher, assists in preparing, conducting, and managing classroom activities to meet instructional goals and objectives, and to assist certified professional employees with non-professional duties to enable them to contribute to other aspects of the educational program, such as curriculum development.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Assists and guides students to reinforce literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, social emotional learning, physical development (fine motor/gross motor), music, and art.
- Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.
- Assists professional staff in the administration and evaluation of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.
- Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.
- Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to promote inclusion, learning, achievement of Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives, and other areas.
- Participates in the IEP process and serves as resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed.
- Assists students with physical, social, or cognitive disabilities, with activities of daily living for the purpose of improving their ability to participate in school or learning activities.
- Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including students with disabilities or other special needs.
- Assists with classroom behavioral management to prevent/reduce disruptions; ensures a safe and orderly classroom, and ensures students are on task.
- Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, and other related non-instructional areas.
- Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision and instructional support during educational experiences.
- Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance such as anecdotal note taking from observations of students.
- Constructs, distributes, copies, and uses educational materials as needed.
- Assists teacher with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.
Personal Work Relationships
- All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
- Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
- Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
- Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and performs as a team player; promotes teamwork; responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Other Duties as Assigned
- Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance with Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of providing instructional facilitation in literacy to promote kindergarten readiness in literacy, math, social studies, and science.
- Knowledge of developmentally appropriate social, emotional, cognitive, and communication skills for children.
- Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations with accuracy.
- Skill in actively looking for ways to help people.
- Skill in interpersonal relationships, including using tact, patience, and courtesy.
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
- Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.
- Ability to work effectively and patiently with children, to work cooperatively with school personnel and parents.
- Ability to use software to access databases, email, create spreadsheets, and do word processing.
- Ability to use technology to assist with classroom instruction and to support classroom teacher.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
- Travel between schools, or between schools and central offices, may be required for certain positions.
Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment.
- Posture: Prolonged sitting and standing; frequent stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
- Motion: Frequent repetitive hand motions, including keyboarding and use of mouse and reaching; frequent walking, including walking with a sense of urgency.
- Lifting: Regular lifting and carrying (less than 40 pounds) when helping PK students; may lift and move text books and classroom equipment.
- Environment: Works in a standard office setting and school building environment; works inside, may work outside; regular exposure to noise; regularly required to listen and speak; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
- Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position
- Mental Demands: Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
Minimum Required Qualifications
- Education: Highly Qualified section below for additional requirements.
- Accredited High School diploma, GED, or Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency required.
- Experience: Must have some work experience with students and/or parents in church-related schools, day camps, youth groups, private schools, licensed daycare centers, or similar experience.
- Language: Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred in some settings.
This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.