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Teaching Assistant



Germantown Hills, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Job Title: Teaching Assistant
Location: Easterseals Learning Academy, 110 Fandel Rd., Germantown Hills, IL 61548

Position Status: Full-Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 am - 3 pm during the regular school year; 7:45 am - 2:15 pm during the summer sessions

Estimated Start Date: First or Second week of August 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year

How-To: Obtain Paraprofessional Licensure

Position Objective: The Teaching Assistant supports the teacher in providing designed instruction and educational programs for children who have a primary educational diagnosis of Autism, intellectual Disability, or other health impairment.

Job Functions:

  • Completes paperwork such as attendance, weekly schedule, requisitions, and other required forms accurately, promptly, and according to ESLA procedures.
  • Understands, documents, and assists with any classroom or individual behavior management plans.
  • Performs day-to-day operations of the job showing self-confidence and independence.
  • Seeks consultation or guidance from the Teacher in unfamiliar situations, as needed.
  • Assists Teacher in routine paperwork and with making and preparing materials for classroom activities.
  • Develops an awareness of each student’s special needs; becomes familiar with student records and information.
  • Establishes priorities to complete work, meet deadlines, and be prepared for class each day.
  • Able to be reassigned as the need arises.
  • Conducts lessons with guidance and training from the teacher.
  • Supports student learning by answering questions, modeling or demonstrating skills, and participating in classroom discussions.
  • Provides re-teaching, guided practice, and assistance with assignments/tests/tasks to promote the acquisition of new skills.
  • Addresses specific functional or academic needs through modified activities, environmental accommodations, and adaptation.
  • Supports the development of students’ health and self-care by modeling, prompting, and positively reinforcing independence and self-care skills.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Supervises students during lunch, bathroom, and transitions outside of the classroom.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Successful completion of 60 semester hours of college credit from an accredited institution of higher education OR
  • Successful completion of the paraprofessional examination approved by Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Experience in special education, preferred.
  • Registered Behavior Technician certification or willingness to complete training.
  • Receive training and pass competency tests in Crisis Prevention Intervention.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and software (MS Office Suite).

Competency Requirements

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards rules and regulations, notice, and comment on desirable aspects of student behavior, and demonstrate good humor and a reasonable sense of self-control over situations.
  • Maintain a high level of respect and professionalism for staff, parents, and community members at all times.
  • Maintain confidential information to safeguard clients and families.
  • Responsible for keeping resources and client files in order.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must have visual ability sufficient to read and complete written correspondence, reports, etc., and computer screen information.
  • Frequent use of hands to grasp, handle or feel.
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting, and reaching.
  • Occasionally lift and/or carry up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Engages in physical restraint of students, as necessary.
  • Ability to drive a personal vehicle to meetings and service sites.

Work Environment

  • Primarily operates in school environments with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature.
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Easterseals Perks:

  • Health Insurance
    • BlueCross Blue Shield of Illinois Medical Insurance
    • Guardian Dental Insurance
    • VSP Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Exceptional PTO
    • Sick Time
    • Personal Time
    • Holiday Leave
      • 10 paid holidays
      • All time off is in addition to Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break!

Easterseals Central Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Easterseals is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, call 309.686.1177.